It’s one thing to pay attention when you’re the one behind the wheel, but taking an Uber, Lyft or cab means that you’re no longer in control. While it’s natural to hope that your hired driver will take safety as seriously as you do, this is not a guarantee. What’s a passenger to do when your Uber, Lyft, or cab driver is not operating the vehicle responsibly?
How to Handle an Irresponsible Uber, Lyft, or Cab Driver.
Hopping into the car to get to your destination can become more complex very quickly if the driver is not operating the car safely. Once you get into the car, it’s important to know your rights, particularly in the event that the ride ends in a crash. While the best case scenario is that you never encounter a situation like this, it may happen at some point in time. This is why Uber, for example, charges a “safe ride fee.” Unfortunately, the number of lawsuits involving Uber or Lyft is on the rise and in some of these, victims claim that dangerous drivers are being allowed behind the wheel to carry passengers.
If you’re in the car and notice that the driver is not paying attention, is exceeding the speed limit, or is otherwise putting your life and the lives of others on the line, you need to report the driver once the ride is complete. Uber and Lyft have rules about how drivers must behave and basic safety protocol. Your decision to report a driver may lead to him or her being banned from driving in the future or at least receiving a warning about this dangerous behavior. Much like with any cab ride, you can’t always predict what you’re going to get, but letting the company know about a problem may help to prevent others from being hurt in the future.
If an accident has already happened, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer immediately. Uber, Lyft, or cab companies often have comprehensive insurance coverage, but this does not mean that their insurance company is looking out for your best interests. In fact, it’s their goal to protect their bottom line and minimize your claim. In past situations, Uber has denied responsibility for accidents by arguing that Uber drivers are not employees of Uber and are instead contractors.
The legal aspects of a case like this can be complicated, making it all the more important to retain the right lawyer from the outset. Only a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and help to advocate for your rights from the beginning. Don’t wait to reach out for the help you need, as it could be challenging to move forward with a case unless you have someone protecting your rights. If a driver is irresponsible, report them. If an accident occurs, get medical and legal help as soon as possible.
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