According to a new study, ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are responsible for a three percent increase in annual traffic fatalities. This amounts to 1,100 fatalities a year due to catastrophic ridesharing accidents.
This study is not the only report to suggest that ridesharing services are dangerous. According to the Washington Post, ridesharing services increase congestion on the road and reduce the use of public transportation. This increases your chances of becoming involved in an accident while driving.
Tips for Staying Safe When Using an Uber or Lyft
When using a rideshare service, it is important to understand the dangers and risks associated with this form of transportation. Understanding these risks can help you mitigate them. Next time you use an Uber or Lyft, keep these rideshare safety tips in mind.
- Wait for your ride inside. When requesting a ride, wait somewhere safe. Standing outside with your phone in your hand could increase your chances of being the victim of a crime. Do not go outside until your driver has arrived.
- Check the license plate number of your driver’s vehicle and match it to your app. Make sure that you confirm the right car is picking you up. Match the license plate, car make and model and driver photo that is provided in the Uber or Lyft app. This will help you determine that you are in the right vehicle.
- Have the driver confirm your name. For an added layer of safety, ask the driver to confirm your name before you get in the vehicle.
- Sit in the back seat if you are riding alone. The back seat is the safest place in the vehicle during an accident. In addition, it provides distance and a safety barrier between you and the driver. Sitting in the backseat also enables you to safely exit the vehicle away from traffic on either side of the car.
- Always wear your seat belt. According to the CDC, wearing a seat belt is the best way to reduce your risk of injury in a collision. Always remember to wear your seat belt when taking an Uber or Lyft.
- Share your trip details with family and friends. The Uber and Lyft app allows you to share the details of your trip with family members and friends. Tap “share trip status” in the app, and your loved ones will receive the driver’s name, photograph, license plate number and your location.
- Trust your gut. Sometimes things just do not seem right. If you are concerned about your driver and his or her driving, then do not get in the vehicle or ask to be dropped off immediately. If you believe you are in danger, then call 911 as soon as possible. You can also use the emergency button located in the Uber or Lyft apps. This provides your real-time location to law enforcement.
Contact Our Experienced South Carolina Rideshare Accident Lawyers
Have you suffered an injury in a rideshare accident in South Carolina? If so, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, injured rideshare accident victims do not always know where to turn for help.
At the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson Jr., our rideshare accident lawyers know how to fight aggressively for our injured clients. With offices conveniently located in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Lancaster or Union, we are there when you need us the most. Call us at (803) 324-7200 or fill out our confidential contact form for a free initial consultation and review of your case.