There’s no denying the convenience that ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft have brought to our lives. Gone are the days of trying to get through to a taxi company or hoping to spot a taxi on the street– all we have to do now is open up an app, type in our destination, and wait for a driver to pull up.
But we also grew up with the concept of “stranger danger,” and taking a Lyft or Uber is just getting into a stranger’s car. The ride-sharing service rating system and background checks can give customers an added sense of security, but the potential danger is still there. We’ve compiled some Uber safety tips while taking advantage of these apps' convenience.
Your app will tell you your driver's car's make, model, and color. Be sure to pay attention to this information in the app so you can spot the right car when it pulls up. You want to avoid getting into just any old car, assuming it’s your ride!
You should also verify the driver’s name and ask them who they’re here to pick up. If you approach this by saying, “Are you here for _____?” it’s easy for someone to say “Yes!” Make sure you don’t ask for a specific name.
Stay in the Loop
Both Uber and Lyft offer a feature that allows you to share your ride status with others which sends your location, destination, and ETA to the contacts of your choice. Sharing your ride status lets people ensure you get where you’re going. This added safety feature can help give your loved ones peace of mind and keep you safe.
Several other apps provide the same service, allowing you to share your location with trusted contacts. Some of these apps include Noonlight, UrSafe, and SafeDate. It can’t hurt to have these apps ready to go, just in case things start to feel “off.”
Get Some Space
Like when you take a taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers prefer that riders sit in the back seat. Ultra-dedicated drivers might even have a back seat decked out for your comfort, including things like mints, water, and hand sanitizer.
But sitting in the back is a good idea beyond the perks. It puts a little more distance between you and the driver, which adds to your safety, especially if you are traveling alone.
Keep it Anonymous
You may also need to communicate with your driver by providing additional information about where to pick you up. The apps allow you to do this anonymously without sharing your phone number. Be sure to only communicate with your driver through the channels the app provides, preventing your driver from gaining access to your phone number.
What to Do If Something Goes Wrong
Sometimes, Uber safety tips aren’t enough. If you’ve been put into an unsafe situation at the hands of an Uber or Lyft driver and have experienced assault or injury, it’s time to seek legal counsel. We're here to make it right at Brandon J Broderick, Attorney at Law. Give us a call today for a free consultation.
Contact a Ridesharing Accident Attorney
Our knowledgeable Uber accident attorneys can take over all negotiations with insurers so you get full and fair compensation for your losses. One of our trusted team members will listen to your story, learn about your case, and can advise you on the next steps. Many of our clients feel a sense of relief once they make that first phone call. We will do everything possible to defend your rights.
There is no law requiring you to have a lawyer after an Uber accident. However, working with an experienced car accident attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Why risk being unfairly compensated and not having recourse to fix it? When you hire a personal injury lawyer from our team, you pay nothing upfront. We work on contingent fees that are only collected if we win your case. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
Contact Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, for a free consultation. With our proven track record of success and our commitment to client care, we can turn your setback into a comeback.