Safety Tips for Uber/Lyft Riders

If You Were in an Accident, Consult With A Rideshare Attorney

A faster pace of life is associated with the rise of Uber and Lyft over the past few years. Most people opt for faster and direct rides over public transportation. With the pandemic still at large, these services are becoming more popular in our daily lives. But as we take safety measures to avoid this deadly virus, as riders you also need to take some precautionary steps to ensure a safe ridesharing experience.

Even though these services are quite safe and convenient there have been cases that depict otherwise. There have been several instances where passengers were involved in an auto accident. In fact, traffic deaths have increased by 2 to 3 percent since 2011 according to the University of Chicago and Rice University. A little over 1,000 fatalities take place annually. Even Uber has reported more than 36,000 severe car accidents alone in 2018. If you or a loved one sustained were victim to one, reach out to a lawyer for rideshare accident injuries in Newport Beach to fight aggressively on your behalf. Uber and Lyft accident lawyers in Newport Beach will be able to build a case to ensure you are treated fairly.

Although drivers are legally responsible for enforcing rules and regulations on the road, riders also need to do their part. Here is a list of possible checkpoints you can check to get the best out of your ridesharing experience.

If You Can Track You Can Also Match

We all track how far our ride is after we book one. However, what most people often forget to do is match the license plate pictured on the app with the vehicle that is picking them up, including the driver. Make sure you verify the make and model of the car and the driver’s photo as shown in the app with the ride in front of you.

You can also ask the driver to confirm your name before commencing. Most drivers ask by themselves, but if you are a first timer it is safe to take this additional step before you get in the car. Keep in mind that just as you can see the driver’s name and his picture, he/she can also see the same about you.

Let Your Friends And/or Family Know You Are on The Way

Always keep your loved ones in the loop while you are traveling through ridesharing services. Both Uber and Lyft have features that help you to share your ride details and status with someone in your contacts, such as:

  • Driver’s name.
  • Driver’s photo.
  • The license plate of the ride.
  • Make and model of the vehicle.

Keeping your friends and family informed about your location is always a recommended safety tip. When you share your ride details, they know how long you need to reach your destination and how far you are.

Keep Your Personal Information Personal

It is best to keep your personal information to yourself. For your peace of mind, these ridesharing apps do come with the technology that keeps your phone number and other sensitive information anonymous from the drivers and vice-versa. Try to communicate with the driver through these apps as much as you can.

If an Uber accident happens, for instance, you do not have to provide them with your contact information or discuss the accident at hand. Whether you’re a passenger or driver, liability depends on who’s at fault. To prove fault, your personal injury lawyer in Newport Beach will help you determine three things:

  • How the driver owed a duty of care, such as driving carefully.
  • Whether the driver breached that duty.
  • If you were hurt and suffered damages, like emotional trauma because of one’s negligence.

Remember Your Seatbelts, Please

Seatbelts are one of the most common preventative measures of fatal and life-threatening injuries like spinal cord or traumatic brain damage after a rideshare accident. Choosing not to wear one can hurt your chances for compensation if you decide on filing a lawsuit. Most often we forget to wear them until told. Whether you are sitting in the front beside the driver or at the back you must always remember to put on your seat belt.

Additionally, try to sit in the back seat if possible, when you are riding alone. This makes sure that you have both sides to escape in case of emergencies and helps both you and the driver to have some personal space.

Always Follow the Map

During your rides try to follow the map as shown in the ridesharing app. It is highly recommended if you are traveling to a place for the first time. If the rideshare driver decides to go off route and gets into a fender bender, you may be able to use it as evidence if he/she was acting negligently.

Give Your Feedback to Help Others Have A Safe Ride Too

Providing your feedback is particularly important. What might seem trivial to you is valuable for the next rider. Most businesses are customer-oriented and strive to offer the best experience for their customers. When you provide feedback about your ride through star ratings, these are factored as important statistics that help Uber and Lyft enhance their experiences to a billion others.

Let Your Intuition Guide

Last but not the least, always trust your instincts when you are on these rides. There is an emergency button in most ridesharing apps that allow you to make an emergency 911 call in case you find yourself in the middle of one. Also, remember if you are feeling uncomfortable, you can simply tell your driver to drop you off at that point during the ride. There is no rule that states you must complete a trip. With any emergency pertaining to auto accidents, always rely on a rideshare accident lawyer to protect your best interests and legal rights.

About Accident Lawyers Firm

Accident Lawyers Firm is a Newport Beach-based 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. Contact us if you were injured in a:

  • Car accident
  • Motorcycle accident
  • Bike accident
  • Rideshare accident
  • Dog attack
  • Workplace accident

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.

 

 

 

Symptoms Don’t Always Appear Right Away

When you are in an accident, you experience a wide range of emotions such as anger, fear, and anxiety. You are confused and don’t know where to turn. The first thing to remember is to call the police. Even in a minor accident, you may experience injuries greater than what you believe. Remember, adrenaline blocks the pain receptors, and when the body senses potential danger, it automatically releases adrenaline to prepare the body’s fight-or-flight response. The best practice is to call 911 and have the police arrive at the scene of the accident. The police will take statements, assess the crash site, and make a report that you can use against the insurance companies later. 

When talking with the police, you will have an opportunity to assess your injuries and pain. Keep in mind that you may not be aware of some injuries because your body is in shock and protects you from feeling pain. If you do feel pain or are concerned that you have injuries, tell the police officer on the scene. The police officer will contact paramedics in your area to determine if you should seek treatment at the hospital. 

Hospitals Offer Better Treatment Options Urgent Cares or Chiropractors

The Emergency Room is experienced at diagnosing and treating acute injuries from an auto accident. They will take a history and document the facts of your accident for your medical records. They may also do other tests such as x-rays or CT scans to make sure you didn’t break anything or have any internal injuries. The hospital is also the best option for those who experience head injuries due to a crash. The hospital will do neurological testing to make sure that you do not have a concussion. If you do have a concussion, they will be able to diagnose and treat your head injury before it gets worse. Injuries that often go unnoticed after a motor vehicle accident are:

  • Headaches – Even if you didn’t get bumped on the head during the accident, it serves as an indicator that you may have a concussion. Any type of head trauma, in this circumstance, should be assessed at the hospital.
  • Whiplash – described as when your head is thrust forward and backward during the impact of an accident. While a headache is a minor indication, the long-term damages surround the area around your neck and shoulders.
  • Numbness – weakness of the arms, legs, hands or other parts of the body can indicate a herniated disk or displacement. A tight feeling in your limbs can be detected and diagnosed through an X-ray scan.
  • Abdominal pain – the most common occurrence after a car accident. Normally it is associated with signs of internal bleeding, dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Emotional stress – the result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after experiencing a life-threatening accident.

Going to the hospital will also get your injuries in the hands of an MD. This is very helpful to your personal injury case. Having a diagnosis from an MD gives credibility to your injuries when talking with the insurance companies. It is the insurance company’s goal to provide you with the lowest possible value for your damages. Emergency and hospital records are more challenging to dispute than traditional chiropractic treatment.

Further, chiropractors are not experienced at diagnosing injuries outside the musculoskeletal system. It is better to seek out a hospital to diagnose your total injuries. Hospital records also help the other treating physicians on your case. They will review the emergency records and use the diagnoses to develop the right treatment plan for you. 

Delaying Medical Treatment Could Affect Your Personal Injury Claim

Many people don’t want to contact paramedics because they are uninsured, worried about prospective medical treatment costs or are concerned about taking an ambulance because of the bill. While it is true that you will be billed for taking an ambulance, it is also true that your Uber and Lyft accident lawyers Newport Beach can help you recover those costs as part of your case. Refusing medical treatment when necessary is never a good idea. 

Seeking medical treatment is critical if you plan to file a personal injury claim. The at-fault insurance company is always going to look at the medical records before determining any compensation. If you are unable or unwilling to take an ambulance to the hospital, you may still want to go to the Emergency Room to get checked out. Have a friend drive you when possible or take another rideshare vehicle to the hospital. 

Contacting an experienced Uber/Lyft attorney is key to getting the compensation you deserve. Your Uber/Lyft accident attorney will fight to get you justice and take on the big insurance companies that insure Uber/Lyft. 

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