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Indiana Ride-Share (Uber) Services Increase in Popularity

Jason Reese

EVANSVILLE 8th INDIANA LOCATION TO OFFER UBER RIDE-SHARE SERVICE

Uber launched in 2012 and has since become a preferred car service over traditional taxicabs in 377 cities around the world, including eight communities in Indiana. Evansville joined most recently. Customers seem to agree that Uber offers convenient, easy-to-use smartphone technology to catch a quick local ride, along with a discounted fare that make trips 25-50 percent cheaper than others, making it a one-of-a-kind car service.

As more communities in Indiana offer ride-share services like Uber, laws have been created and are being reviewed regularly. For example, Indiana law requires “car-share drivers to register yearly with the state and submit to local and national background checks and a check of the national sex offender registry.” The law also stops companies from hiring anyone convicted of multiple traffic violations or felony. The law also contains a provision that prevents cities from passing local ordinances governing the companies.

GET TO YOUR DESTINATION SAFELY

For most users, Uber is known as a safe and efficient way to travel but the company has also dealt with a blow of scary situations involving both drivers and passengers. There are easy things passengers can do to ensure their safety when booking their next Uber ride.

  • Follow the ride-share vehicle on GPS and make sure the driver and vehicle match the information on the app’s order. Uber says, “When you’re matched with a driver, you’ll see their name, license plate number, photo, and rating—so you know who’s picking you up ahead of time.” Uber will soon be rolling out a new “selfie” security measure designed to help prevent driver fraud as well.
  • Safety experts suggest riders wait at an inside location or with others until their driver has arrived. Since riders receive a message via the app when their ride is ready they do not need to wait in an unknown or unsafe area.
  • Riders can travel with other people but if riding alone they should keep their cell phone with them to provide an ETA with friends and family. This ensures that others can follow the rider’s route and know when to expect them. Riders can also follow their route in real-time to see exactly where they are headed.
  • In addition to practicing smart Uber riding, passengers should follow the same safe motor vehicle practices they would while traveling. Passengers should wear a seatbelt and be conscious of behaviors that could distract the driver. If the driver’s behavior is out of sorts, or they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, passengers should address the issue and find an alternative mode of transportation. It is not recommended that Uber riders sit in the front passenger seat.
  • If you are in an accident as an Uber rider you may be entitled to damages such as past and future medical bills, past and future lost wage earnings, and pain and suffering. Uber drivers must carry $1 million in primary liability coverage for death, personal injury and property damage.

If you or a loved one have been harmed or injured by a ride-share driver, the accident attorneys at Wagner Reese have the experience you need to secure compensation and assist you with your recovery. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligent driving, call our offices today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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