Call us at 314-421-0763 Visit Casey & Devoti on Facebook Follow Casey & Devoti on Twitter Join Casey & Devoti on Google+ Find Casey & Devoti on LinkedIn

Ride Sharing Safety Tips

Posted by Lara Vitiello on May 16, 2017

uberpic2As part of the UN’s Global Road Safety Week, ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are joining forces to help educate the public on ride sharing safety.

One thing all ride sharing services can agree on – the safety of riders and drivers is paramount. Hence the reason companies such as Uber and Lyft are constantly reviewing, tweaking and improving their built-in safety features.  Most services ensure that drivers are pre-screened, empowering riders with the knowledge that they are being transported in quality, vetted vehicles by responsible drivers.

But there are also things that riders can do to ensure their safety.  Whether you are a seasoned pro or a first-time user, it’s important to follow these ride sharing safety tips (courtesy of Business Day Online):

 Know your ride: Before you request a ride, take the time to review the safety features available in the app. Remember Uber rides can only be requested through the Uber app, so you should never accept street hail solicitations from those claiming to be with Uber.

When a requesting a ride, avoid spending unnecessary time outside alone with your phone in hand. It is best to wait indoors until the app shows the driver has arrived.

Know your driver: When a driver accepts your ride request, you will then be able to see the driver’s first name, a color photo, license plate number, type and color of the vehicle. You’ll be able to see this from within the app itself – on the map. Before getting into the vehicle, always make sure the information on the app matches and ask the driver to identify him or herself.

Sharing Trip Details: Uber’s technology allows for all trips to be tracked using GPS. While en route, you will be able to monitor your own trip using the app. You will also be able to share your Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) with loved ones. This will help friends and family keep track of your trip – even if they don’t have the app.

In-app Help: The support system can be accessed by navigating to the “Help’’ section on the menu, which helps riders and driver-partners alike to communicate their concerns they might have during a trip and get an instant response.

Follow Intuition: When using any ride sharing service, you should trust your instincts and use your best judgment. Avoid sharing personal information with the driver. Finally, if you feel you are in an emergency situation, alert local authorities immediately.

Give Feedback: You should always give feedback on how your trip went. This helps improve the ride sharing experience for everyone, maintains a high level of service, and provides accountability.

Click on the links to learn more about Uber and Lyft ride sharing services. Each site features step-by-step instructions on how to sign-up and download the app for riders and how to become a driver.

 

 

Casey & Devoti is a St. Louis-based personal injury law firm.  Partners Matt Casey and Matt Devoti are seasoned litigators with nearly 40 years of trial experience. They specialize in the following personal injury matters:  car, truck and train accidents, medical malpractice, birth injuries, product liability, slips/trips/falls, elder care and sexual abuse, Workers’ Compensation and wrongful death.  Casey & Devoti proudly serves the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.  Learn more about Casey & Devoti and its rich history of aggressively protecting clients’ rights at www.caseydevoti.com.

 

THE LATEST

Tick Borne Illnesses on Rise in Missouri

Reported cases of tick-borne illnesses are up throughout the state of Missouri.  In June, a Meramec State Park Assistant Superintendent died from complications of Bourbon virus, a rare disease thought to be carried by ticks.  After her death, health officials had thousands of ticks from the park shipped to the CDC in Atlanta for analysis.   The results of these tests are still pending. […] more

Heat Advisory: Tips to Stay Cool

The St. Louis area and much of the Midwest is under a Heat Advisory this week.  Residents are urged to take extra precautions when the temperatures and the heat index climb above 100 degrees. Everyone can be affected by excessive heat. However, there are certain populations who are more sensitive to extreme heat, these include: […] more

5 Dead in Fiery Semi Truck Crash

5 Dead in Fiery Semi-Truck Crash on I-70 Near Kansas City Earlier this week, a semi-truck cresting a hill caused a fiery chain-reaction pile-up on I-70 that left five people dead. According the Kansas Turnpike Authority crash report, the chain-reaction started when a semi-truck crested a slight hill and failed to slow for traffic that […] more

Super Lawyers
Missouri Bar Association
The Injury Board
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Find a Lawyer
American Association for Justice