Taking an Uber is usually safe, though there are times when a driver could get into a car accident, or other vehicles nearby could cause injuries. You should always remember several Uber safety tips any time you decide to call for a ride. Many of the tragedies you hear about can be prevented by making sure you are safe while waiting for the Uber, during the ride, and at the end of the Uber ride.
These Uber safety tips will help you minimize the risk of sustaining injuries in an Uber.
Seatbelts are a requirement for the driver in all states and in most states for the passenger. Wearing a seatbelt can minimize injuries should the Uber driver get into a wreck.
Distractions take the driver's eyes off the road, which increases the risk of getting into an accident. With some drivers, even light conversation could be a distraction.
If a driver needs to double park to let you out, you could hit a parked vehicle with the door, or a passing vehicle could be close enough to rip the door off and possibly cause you and the driver to suffer injuries.
Only go out at the last possible minute. If it is dark or you are in a section of town that has a higher level of crime, you could save yourself from injuries with this Uber safety tip.
It is important for someone you trust to know where you are at all times. This Uber safety tip can help if your driver gets into an accident or if the driver has ulterior motives.
Do not mention that you are going home to an empty apartment and do not give them your direct phone number. ALWAYS contact them through the app.
Some unscrupulous people pretend to be Uber and Lyft drivers so they can kidnap you. According to the Huffington Post, a 21-year-old college student in South Carolina was found dead after getting into a vehicle that she thought was her Uber driver.
If you sit in the front or directly behind the driver, it is easier for the driver to take advantage of you and it is harder for you to watch your full surroundings.
If the driver shows up in a different vehicle, contact the ride-sharing company immediately. Do not get into the vehicle with the driver. The make, model, and color should match the description you received in the app. Also, check the vehicle's license plate. That should also match the information you received when you set up your ride.
Before you get into the vehicle, ask the driver to repeat the pickup information. If he or she cannot, the driver could be an imposter. Don’t say “hi, is this an Uber for…?”. Instead, prompt them and ask “Who are you here to pick up?”
Make sure you and the driver follow the rules of the road, including wearing seatbelts, using turn signals, and not speeding. By following the rules of the road, your driver minimizes the chances of getting into an accident.
If your driver has any ulterior motives, letting him or her know that you are tracking the trip will discourage the driver from taking unscrupulous actions.
These extra apps can turn your phone into a mini security system, including recording your trip, including a panic button, and allowing you to call 911 with one touch.
If you can find someone to share your ride-sharing trip with, you can share the cost. Additionally, an unscrupulous driver is less likely to try something if there are two of you in the vehicle.
Safety.com stated that a CNN investigation found that 103 Uber drivers over four years were accused of abusing or sexually assaulting their passengers. At the time of writing, at least 31 of the accused drivers were convicted.
Additionally, an Uber driver cannot always avoid accidents caused by others. Following the rules of the road can significantly minimize injuries you might suffer if the driver crashes, whether because of his or her fault or the fault of another driver.
If you suffered injuries in an Uber accident, whether the accident was the driver's fault or another person's fault, contact an Uber accident attorney as soon as possible.