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It shouldn't be surprising when an Uber or Lyft driver begins driving erratically. Those who drive for money should have the utmost regard for their passengers' safety. However, these are complete strangers you're riding with, so you must always have a plan for when ridesharing becomes ride-scaring.
The Rise in Ridesharing Accidents Suggests Many Drivers Are Unqualified
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission notes that 2022 was the deadliest year for traffic deaths since 1990. Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests that ridesharing likely contributed to the rise in Washington traffic deaths.
Driver inexperience, exhaustion, denser traffic, and wear and tear on rideshare vehicles may all contribute to ride-sharing accidents. Uber and Lyft rides become especially dangerous when rideshare drivers throw caution to the wind.
What to Do When an Uber or Lyft Ride Becomes Dangerous
Uber encourages you to report dangerous drivers. More important is how you protect yourself when your rideshare driver begins speeding, tailgating, weaving through traffic, leaving the route to your destination, or endangering you in other ways.
If you ever sense danger as a rideshare passenger, you should:
● Ensure your seatbelt is tightly fastened
● Request that the driver show more caution, informing them that you fear for your safety
● End the ride if the motorist refuses to adjust their driving style
● Demand that the driver drop you at the nearest safe location
● Record a video of the unsafe driving, if you have the opportunity to do so
● Report the unsafe motorist to the service that contracts them
Your safety is paramount; getting out of a dangerous situation unscathed is your first priority. Once you're safe, you can focus on holding the unsafe motorist accountable. Our team can help.
The Law Offices of Paul L. Schneiderman Hold Negligent Rideshare Drivers Accountable—Let Us Help You
If you or a loved one suffered harm because of a rideshare driver's negligence, you may be entitled to a financial recovery. I represent those who suffer injuries (including psychological injury) because of unqualified or careless Uber and Lyft drivers.
Call me today at 206-464-1952 for your free consultation, or contact my firm online.