Are Ride-Sharing Drivers Safe?
If you’ve watched the news lately, you’ve seen the stories about rideshare services and their dangers. Services like Uber and Lyft are contracting with third party drivers to provide taxi services in over 250 cities across the world now, and though the convenience is great, there both benefits and risks.
One study that was just released shows services like Uber and Lyft are just as safe as regular taxi services, stating that “there is no evidence that passengers are in more danger in rideshare cars than they are in taxis”.
The biggest problem uncovered with this study is that the liability of the companies and who is ultimately responsible for the injuries and harm that may come to customers and passengers. Uber and Lyft accept no responsibility for the actions of their drivers, claiming they are third party drivers, and passengers are responsible for determining whether or not a driver is safe.
These rideshare services claim to have rigorous screening services, requiring background checks for all drivers, and ride along processes for some. Some are discussing the possibility of increasing the safety of the screening process to eliminate potential predators, adding in polygraph tests and more.
In the mean time, there have been multiple reports of rape, violence, beatings, assault, and other harmful actions against passengers, and the companies contracting these drivers are claiming no responsibility for their actions. So does it really matter if these companies are “just as safe” as taxi companies, if there is no one to offer accountability for the negative behaviors of these drivers?
So here’s our advice to you: Always let someone know your travel plans, what transportation service you are using and where you’re going. You are your own safety advocate.
Wagner Reese – Personal Injury Attorneys
In the meantime, if you have been injured, harassed, or harmed in some way by a third party driver, call the personal injury lawyers at Wagner Reese to schedule a free consultation. We can assist you in your recovery.