Using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft has become more and more common, but is it really safe? The real dilemma may not be actual safety of the ride, but rather the insurance coverage and how it is handled if there is an accident. The coverage for a rideshare vehicle depends on the status of the vehicle at the time of the accident. Because rideshare drivers own and operate their own vehicles, if they are not working at the time of the accident, their own personal insurance coverage is responsible for the accident. If the driver is working at the time of the accident, it can also be tricky because although most rideshare services have insurance, the driver is technically a third-party contractor, so the company still may not be liable. That’s why it is important to take into consideration these safety tips when using a rideshare service.
- Check the vehicle and display – Every rideshare driver is required to display their license plate number and their own picture. Make sure your driver is complying with this. Visually check the vehicle that you will be riding in. Does it look like it has been properly maintained? Rideshare vehicles are not subject to the same inspections as taxis.
- Assess the driver – Although alcohol and drug use are prohibited by rideshare companies, that doesn’t mean the drivers always comply. Check the driver for signs of substance abuse.
- Buckle up – Not only is using your seatbelt the smart thing to do, but it’s the law. Always make sure that you and the driver are buckled in before taking off.
- Tell someone – Before using any form of transportation that is operated by an individual, let someone know you are taking a ride and where you are going. That way if you don’t arrive, someone will know that something has gone wrong.
- Don’t give out your private information – While this may seem obvious, sometimes, the driver can be so talkative that a person tends to get chatty and let things slip. Don’t talk about specific jobs, places, or your personal life. This simply isn’t a good idea for a variety of reasons.
- Don’t be scared to get out – If your driver isn’t driving in a manner that you feel comfortable, or they are harassing you, don’t be afraid to have them pull over and let you out in a well-lit public area. You don’t have to tell them the reason why you are asking to be dropped off at a different location than planned.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Unfortunately, Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services aren’t the only thing on the rise. Sadly, tragic traffic accidents are too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 30,000 people are killed in car accidents each year. If you have been in a rideshare accident, you may be entitled to collect compensation for your injuries. The Atlanta Uber Accident attorneys at Council & Associates, LLC can help advise you of your legal rights and get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Lashonda Council Rogers is a Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Howard University School of Law and has been practicing law for several years now. Lashonda Council Rogers believes her personal approach is the best way to defend her clients. Learn more about her experience here.