It’s amazing how quickly ride sharing has grown throughout Chicagoland. Uber®, Lyft®, and Sidecar® have risen to prominence nationally. These services – unlike traditional taxis, delivery services, and private transport – rely on smartphone apps to connect riders with nearby drivers.
These drivers are not professionals. They are simply individuals who meet the ride sharing companies’ requirements for drivers. That is, these individuals own their own cars and are available to provide rides for the app users. As these “part-time” drivers flood our streets, liability and safety issues surface.
As an attorney, I am personally involved in fighting for those injured as a result of the negligence of others every day. Injuries from car accidents can be severe and life changing. The added presence of “part-time” drivers, with limited experience in navigating our traffic patterns, create even greater risks. Risks that threaten the safety of the rider, other drivers, and pedestrians.
Is ride-sharing safe? With more and more people in Chicago taking advantage of it, I’d like to share a few precautions that can take to make the service and experience safer.
9 Ride Sharing Safety Tips Everyone Needs to Know
1. Request your ride before you go outside. Avoid unnecessary time alone outside with your phone in your hand. It invites potential trouble. Track your driver and go outside upon arrival.
2. Check the driver’s rating before you confirm a pick-up.
3. Don’t share your phone number or contact information with your driver. There’s no harm exchanging pleasantries with your driver, but avoid sharing anything personal. Protect your personal information.
4. Verify the make of the vehicle, license plate, and name of the driver before entering the vehicle. Ask the driver “Who are you here for?” Fake ride-sharing drivers hang around busy nightclubs, restaurants, and other areas where it’s easy to get confused with all the congestion.
5. Always ride in the back seat and use the seat-belt.
6. Implement the “ride tracking” function so another person can follow your travel rout and know when you arrive at your destination. If your ride-service doesn’t offer such a function, take a photo of the vehicle license plate and text it to a friend.
7. Know your surroundings. Open your own “maps” tool and follow along, noting any odd route shifts.
8. If something doesn’t feel right, tell the driver to stop, leave the vehicle, and go to the nearest place of business or public area. If you cannot exit the vehicle, dialing 911 is always an option.
9. Report any unsafe driving on the ride-sharing app immediately.
Although no one can guarantee complete safety, using these tips will help you breathe easier as you or your youngster take advantage of this amazing ride-sharing tool.
Chicago Ride Sharing Accident Lawyers. We Help Victims.
The attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner are knowledgeable experts in representing those who are victims of the negligence or carelessness of others. Claims for victims involved in accidents with ride sharing vehicles are particularly complex and multi-dimensional.
Insurance companies rely on professional adjusters to negotiate and fight accident claims. To effectively deal with these professionals, you need a skilled attorney to protect your rights. We know your rights and the applicable laws. We are your advocates. We are experts at negotiating with powerful insurance companies. Fifty years of experience counts.
The attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner make the legal process as stress free as possible. We focus on recovering compensation for you – while you concentrate on your physical and emotional recovery.
If you or a loved one is injured due to the negligence of others, please call my office at 312-346-8465 or contact us using the form below.