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Ride-Share Risks and Tips for Uber and Lyft Injuries


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Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft provide us with an incredibly convenient way to get around. However, there are risks associated with these types of services that riders should be aware of before they hit the road. With the increase in ride-hailing services, there has been a rise in reports of unsafe and sometimes dangerous conduct by drivers and others toward riders. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the negative impacts that ride sharing culture can have on its users —from a lack of regulations to opportunistic crimes— along with tangible safety tips you can use while booking rides or getting dropped off at your destination.


Understanding the Risks of Ride Sharing

Ride sharing has revolutionized the way we travel. These services offer safe, affordable, and convenient rides to millions of people each day, especially in South Florida cities like Miami. However, it's important to understand the risks involved in using these services. While ride sharing companies conduct thorough background checks on their drivers, there is always a chance of encountering a driver with a poor driving record or previously grandfathered into the rideshare system when security protocols were even less developed than they are now. Additionally, there have been reported incidents of assault and theft involving ride sharing drivers. It's crucial for riders to be cautious and always exercise safety when utilizing Uber and Lyft services. This includes checking the driver's photo and license plate before getting into the car, sharing your ride details with family and friends, and reporting any suspicious activity immediately. By being aware of potential risks and taking necessary safety measures, we can continue to enjoy the benefits of ride sharing without compromising our safety.


Safety Tips for Passengers of Ride Sharing Services

As ride sharing services continue to gain popularity, it's important for passengers to be mindful of their safety and should remain aware of any suspicious conduct by their drivers. Before getting into a vehicle, be sure to confirm the driver's identity and vehicle through the app. When inside the car, always wear your seatbelt and stay vigilant. Keep your personal belongings close and never share sensitive information with your driver. Trust your instincts and if you feel uncomfortable or notice any red flags, end the ride immediately. Remember that your safety is a top priority, and take the necessary precautions to ensure a secure ride.


Tips for Incidents With Uber and Lyft Drivers

It is always important to stay alert when driving and pay attention to any suspicious conduct by other drivers. If you notice a driver displaying unsafe behavior, be cautious and take action immediately. The first step is to keep a safe distance, do not attempt to confront the driver or take any aggressive actions. Instead, note the vehicle's license plate number, make and model, and any other identifying information, such as bumper stickers or decals. If possible and only after guaranteeing safety, it is helpful to take pictures of the scene, screenshots of the app, etc. If possible, call 911 and report the driver's behavior to the police. By taking these steps and being vigilant, you can help protect yourself and others on the road from potential danger.


Additionally, here are some tips and advice for rideshare users and passengers who may encounter incidents with Uber and Lyft drivers:


Tip 1: In any legal incident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, the most important thing to do is document the event as much as possible. Take photos of the scene of the accident or incident, if relevant, and collect contact information for any witnesses. Make sure to record all pertinent details, such as the time and place of the incident.


Tip 2: If you were involved in a car accident while riding with an Uber or Lyft driver, seek medical attention right away even if you don't think you have been injured - long-term health problems can manifest in unexpected ways, which make it important to get checked out immediately after an accident occurs.


Tip 3: Make sure to contact an attorney before speaking and reporting all incidents to Uber or Lyft's customer service line. It’s important to remember anything you say to them can be used against you. Be careful and receive counsel from an attorney so that they can advise on the matter and assist you with the next steps if needed.


Tip 4: Familiarize yourself with your legal rights as a passenger of a rideshare vehicle, including any applicable insurance coverage provided by either Uber or Lyft provides or your own policy.


In cases of major legal disputes, consider seeking professional help from a qualified lawyer who is familiar with rideshare laws in your state - having specialized legal counsel can be extremely beneficial when navigating complex rideshare incidents such as medical treatment claims after an accident or other litigation matters that could arise in certain cases.


Salomon Smith Law Firm specializes in ridesharing accidents and other legal issues related to companies like Uber & Lyft, offering assistance in all types of cases such as property damage due to collisions, wrongful death claims, injury compensation cases, contract disputes with drivers/companies, etc. Our experienced attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of ridesharing law, both at the federal and state level, providing helpful guidance throughout each step of the case while consistently striving to find solutions that benefit our client's best interests regardless of how complicated and challenging their situation may be.



Companies' Reactions to Unsafe Situations

Companies today understand the critical importance of ensuring the safety of their employees and customers. In response to unsafe situations, many organizations have implemented strict protocols and procedures aimed at minimizing risk and preventing accidents. However, it's important to note that not all companies react the same way when faced with potential danger. Some may respond quickly and effectively, while others may take a more cautious approach. Uber and Lyft typically carry liability insurance for injuries caused by their drivers; as of right now, it is $1,000,000 for third-party liability. Uber/Lyft may be responsible for injuries whether they are injuries to passengers in car crashes caused by the driver, or injuries to passengers in other vehicles which are caused by Uber/Lyft drivers.


Uber maintains the following auto insurance on behalf of drivers in case of a covered accident:


$1,000,000 third-party liability

Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury and/or first-party injury insurance²

Contingent comprehensive and collision³

Up to the actual cash value of a car with a $2,500 deductible


Lyft maintains the following insurance for covered accidents:


At least $1,000,000 for third-party auto liability

First party coverages, which may include uninsured motorist coverage, underinsured motorist coverage, PIP, MedPay, and/or Occupational Accident coverage

If a driver obtains comprehensive and collision on their personal auto policy, Lyft then maintains contingent comprehensive & collision coverage up to the actual cash value of the car ($2,500 deductible)


Whatever the case, the ultimate goal is always the same: to keep people safe and secure. As we navigate a rapidly changing world, it's essential for companies to remain vigilant and adaptable, constantly evaluating and improving their safety practices to stay one step ahead of potential hazards.


Common Pitfalls of Rideshare Services

Rideshare services have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to save money on gas, reduce air pollution, reduce driving under the influence, and make traveling business person’s life easier. However, there are some common pitfalls that riders and drivers should be aware of before committing to ride sharing. One of the biggest dangers is the lack of consistency in schedules and routes, which can lead to missed rides and unreliable transportation. Additionally, sharing a car with strangers can be uncomfortable or even potentially dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken.


Aside from injuries stemming from vehicle accidents, victims may be able to seek compensation for physical or sexual assaults by Uber and Lyft drivers. It's important to thoroughly research and vet any rideshare services before using them to ensure a safe and efficient travel experience. Ridesharing can be a convenient and cost-effective travel option for passengers, but it’s important for travelers to take steps to protect themselves.


Knowing the background of your driver and familiarizing yourself with Uber and Lyft’s safety policies is essential for remaining safe. Passengers should also note any strange activity by their driver and report it to the proper authorities in case of an emergency. In addition, individuals should actively look out for potential pitfalls such as fake ride-sharing services or unsafe behaviors. Above all else, passengers must trust their instincts and always be aware of their surroundings while using ridesharing services.


Things to Keep in Mind For Taking Legal Action as a Victim of Negligence of an Uber or Lyft Driver

Use the following as a comprehensive guide if you are a victim of a ride-share accident, whether as a passenger or someone in the other involved vehicle, on how using the discovery process can be helpful in discovering additional information regarding the driver's history of accidents, intoxication, etc.

  1. The discovery process is a set of tools - including document and evidence requests, depositions, and other methods - that can be used to uncover more information about the driver’s history if you are the victim of a ride-sharing accident.

  2. Evidence requests are one way to obtain documents from Uber or Lyft that could help shed light on what happened in an accident; these documents include things like driving records, incident reports, and background checks. Subpoenas are another way to request documents from third parties that may have relevant information, such as medical records or insurance policies.

  3. Another way to use the discovery process is through depositions, where questions can be asked directly to representatives or experts related to the case. This makes it possible for attorneys representing both sides to ask questions about specific facts surrounding the case and get a better understanding of those facts during legal proceedings.

  4. It is important to note that victims should seek legal representation before embarking upon any discovery process; without appropriate legal counsel, they might not understand which types of evidence they should be requesting or how best to proceed with a case against Uber/Lyft in order to access the compensation they may be entitled to due to an accident or incident with a rideshare vehicle.

  5. The discovery process happens after a lawsuit is filed. But it does help support either settlement efforts (by maximizing settlement value after any damaging discovery is revealed) or a trial. By filing civil lawsuits against Uber/Lyft drivers or working out settlements outside court, depending on what their particular situation requires – with peace of mind knowing that they have all relevant information available after moving forward with their case so as not to be taken advantage of by potential companies trying to offer less than fair settlements due lack of knowledge about details regarding an incident.


Contact Us Now:

The attorneys at Salomon Smith have decades of collective legal experience litigating in South Florida and have recovered millions of dollars for injury victims. We want to hear from you to help you navigate this complicated area of the law and help get you compensated for what you deserve during these difficult times. Remember, time is of the essence to preserve your claim! Contact attorney Daniel Smith directly at 305-297-1018 or daniel@salomonsmith.com to understand your rights, discuss your options, and answer your questions.


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