Safety Tips for Uber/Lyft Drivers

When we talk about rideshare experiences the first thing that comes to our mind is passenger safety. As per Orange County regulations, this is very important for any such ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft. However, it is also equally important to focus on the safety of their drivers.

As such these ridesharing services have laid down certain safety precautions for drivers to enforce like:

  • Making sure that the passenger’s seat belt is on
  • Ensuring they sit in the back seat when possible so they can exit safely upon arrival

It is all a part of your job description if you are an independent contractor or employee for Uber or Lyft. Also, you need to be aware of the potentially dangerous situations that may be created by your rider(s).

To that end, below is a list of a few safety tips for Uber or Lyft drivers compiled by our rideshare injury attorneys. Try to follow them to avoid the possibilities of getting into a car crash

Verify Your Rider

Riders can find you by checking your profile on the app along with your license plate number and the make and model of your car. This ensures rider safety. Similarly, an Uber/Lyft driver can ask for the rider’s credentials before allowing them to enter their vehicle. This way both parties can be at ease for a great rideshare experience.

Stay Focused While Driving

It doesn’t need much saying that the safest driver is the most alert driver. Distractions are inevitable in life and when they happen on the road it can result in a life-threatening auto accident. Here are a few tips to stay focused behind the wheel:

  • Always keep your eyes on the road
  • Rest up for some time to avoid fatigued driving
  • Never text while driving, as it is highly unsafe and illegal

Uber and Lyft require drivers to have constant access to their smartphones, from the moment they pick a passenger up to when they clock out for the day. You may consider using a phone mount to position your device. Keep in mind, it shouldn’t obstruct your vision.

Remind Everyone To Buckle Up Before You Head Out

It doesn’t get said enough, but wearing a seatbelt is the most effective way to save yourself and reduce injuries like whiplash or spinal cord damage after motor vehicle accidents. In fact, one of the first things we learn at driving school is to put on our seat belts before we even start the car. As a Lyft/Uber driver, one of your responsibilities even if it is not officially accounted for is to encourage your passenger(s) to put it on before you drive off. If an accident were to happen, a lawyer for rideshare injuries may find you partially liable if the rider gets hurt.

Follow Your Intuition In Case Of Emergencies

Always trust your instincts and experiences that you gained while driving with Uber/Lyft. The steps you take after you’re involved in an accident matter. What you do immediately after can affect your health and outcome in a legal situation.

When you’re in an accident, you can get help by tapping on the emergency button on the Uber app. As for the Lyft drivers, its partnership with ADT allows drivers to request emergency aid through the app. Once you tap on the ‘Get Emergency’ button ADT will soon follow up with your SOS. If you do not answer it forwards a call to 911 to provide your location details.

If the app is unresponsive, call the police directly. Upon arrival, they will document the accident and record important details about the crash. Rideshare accidents can be complicated.

Drive On Your Profile Only

This is a very important guideline for both Uber and Lyft. It is mandatory that you only give rides when you are logged in to their applications through your personal account. Moreover, it is also recommended that your profile picture matches. This is done in order to provide a safe environment for your riders. Also, this would come in handy if there is a troublesome rider that falsely claims that you are not the driver they were assigned. In that case, your profile would be your leverage.

Never Bring Any Friend/Family Along

Uber and Lyft passengers expect an awesome rideshare experience, which can turn into paranoia if there is an unknown person sharing the ride with your passenger. This may lead to bad feedback and also create an awkward environment throughout the trip. After all, ensuring a safe journey is what it means to be an Uber/Lyft driver.

Be Cautious About Drive Locations

There are many crime-prone areas in big cities. These locations tend to get more violent and unsafe after dark. This is why, as an Uber/Lyft driver, you need to be cautious about your whereabouts. Try to avoid accepting pick-ups from unsafe locations as much as you can. Also, try to take a detour if your way is through such locations even if it costs you more time and fuel to end the trip. This is the safest thing you can do for yourself and your passenger. If you get hurt, Uber and Lyft have a strict insurance policy that only protects riders for injuries that took place during a trip.

About Accident Lawyers Firm

Accident Lawyers Firm is a Newport Beach law firm that wins our clients maximum compensation for their personal injury lawsuits. Our attorneys work tirelessly to add up your bodily damages, emotional damages, property damages, and overall pain and suffering that the negligent party should pay for. We also tap into our network of accident and health experts to gather thorough research and evidence to make your case for compensation as strong as possible. 

You don’t need additional stress while you recover from your injuries, so leave the legal battle up to us. With our extensive connections and hard-working lawyers, you can focus on recovering physically, mentally, and emotionally. To set up a free consultation, call us at 949-203-5780 or email us at intake@accidentlawyersfirm.com.

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