23 Aug Is My Uber Ride Safe?
In April, 2015, Uber launched its lower cost ride-hailing service in New Orleans. The day after, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed off on a set of laws regulating the new industry. Uber’s luxury service was operating in New Orleans since September. A year later, in 2016, Uber can pick up passengers at the Louis Armstrong airport, which falls under a different set of regulations.
Getting a ride wherever and whenever you need it, thanks to apps like these, sounds like a great idea. It is a great idea, except for the fact that millions of Americans are getting rides from strangers.
How do you know if your Uber ride will be a safe one?
When you download Uber’s app and get into a car reserved with the mobile system, by default you are agreeing to their terms and conditions. Like its rivals Sidecar and Lyft, Uber is a ride-sharing service. Anyone who passes a background check can become a taxi driver. They can use their own car and Uber’s tech platform. Uber receives a cut of 20 to 25 percent, of the fare for each ride.
To stay safe spokesman, Lane Kasselman, recommends riders take advantage of the app’s “share your ETA” feature. “As soon as your ride is confirmed and the driver is on his way, you can actually input your destination into the app and share that with anyone via text message,” Kasselman said.
Pals can even watch your journey on a map in real-time, using the Uber app.
After booking a ride, the app sends riders information about their driver. They send a photo, his license plate number, and a description of the vehicle. This way, they know who to look for.
“There’s also real-time tracking,” Kasselman said. “It gives the rider a real sense of security.”
Riders should never get into a car they didn’t order.
Ride-sharing companies are no more dangerous than a taxi. You’re essentially taking a small risk every time you get into any kind of public transportation. Incidents are rare, but they do happen.
Ride-share companies are so new that the courts are still trying to determine various legal liability issues. If you’re involved in an accident with an Uber driver, take the same precautions as you would with any auto accident. Contact New Orleans, Louisiana personal injury lawyer, Clay Burgess, who has helped many individuals across Louisiana and Texas get the results they deserve.
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