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Safety Tips for Using Rideshare Services

Ridesharing providers offer consumers an alternative to traditional taxis. Since the founding of Uber in 2009, ridesharing services have expanded rapidly. Part transportation and part social network, riders can use their smartphones to book reliable transportation whenever needed.

However, ridesharing is not without risks. Following a few easy tips can help ensure you arrive at your destination safely.

Woman Recounts Fake Rideshare Incident

A woman’s story about a fake rideshare driver in Seattle’s International District has sparked concerns about rideshare safety. The woman posted on Reddit last Monday claiming that a man posing as a rideshare driver attempted to pick her up at South Lane Street and Sixth Avenue South in Seattle.

After the incident, the woman wrote she called police and was advised if it happened again, she should call 911 immediately.

In light of the woman’s terrifying experience, rideshare company Uber shared several safety tips for passengers when using rideshare vehicles.

Ridesharing Safety Tips

  1. Request your ride inside and wait indoors until your driver arrives.
  2. Check the license plate, driver photo, and driver name to make sure the information matches that displayed on the app before getting in the car.
  3. Ask the rideshare driver who they are picking up. Make the driver say your name first.
  4. Don’t take a different ride than the one you selected in the app – even if the driver offers a lower rate.
  5. If you’re riding alone, sit in the backseat. You and your driver will have more personal space, and you have an exit if necessary.
  6. Share your trip details with family or a friend by tapping “Share status.” They can track your route to make sure you arrive safely.
  7. Don’t share your personal contact information with your rideshare driver. All communication should be through the app.
  8. If you feel unsafe, trust your gut and call 911.

Contact an Experienced Rideshare Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving an Uber, Lyft, or other vehicle used in a ridesharing service, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our attorneys have the legal knowledge and resources to handle your claim aggressively and effectively. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review.


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