Do You Believe Any of These Myths About Uber, Lyft, and Other Rideshares?
At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we work with many people involved in car accidents, including those involved in rideshare accidents while in Uber and Lyft vehicles. We find that people often believe inaccurate myths about these accidents. Keep reading to find out what they are and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
Myth: Background Checks Are Not Performed on Lyft and Uber Drivers
This is false. In order to drive for either of the major rideshare companies, the driver must give their full name, birthdate, driver’s license number, car insurance info, Social Security number, and evidence that the vehicle has been inspected and is safe. This information can be used to perform background checks by the companies.
While it is true that background checks are performed on drivers, these could be more comprehensive. For example, both use third-party screening companies that are in compliance with state and federal standards. Some argue that more thorough background checks that are up to the FBI standards could help keep dangerous drivers from working for rideshare companies.
Myth: You Cannot Give Tips to Rideshare Drivers
This was true when Uber first started – if you wanted to tip an Uber driver you had to do it with cash. It is no longer true. While no one is required to tip, there is an option to do so in the app and riders will generally do so if they feel they had a good ride.
Myth: You Cannot Sue if You Are Injured in a Rideshare Accident
This is simply false. If you have suffered an injury in a rideshare accident, and someone else was at fault for it, you have the right to sue. If the driver was on duty and signed in through the app, then the Uber or Lyft million dollar policy will cover you. If they were not, then the driver’s policy should cover you.
This does not mean that you can simply accept whatever offer comes to you from the applicable insurance company. It is still worth talking to a personal injury attorney to assure that you get a fair settlement from the company in question.
Myth: Rideshares Are Making the Roads Safer
Studies indicate that this is likely no true. Many people assume that since people who would otherwise drive drunk are now calling for rideshares, there are fewer drunk drivers on the road – which means fewer accidents. While that math may add up, it does not account for the many rideshare drivers who are not driving 10, 12, or even 15 hours per day. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident then we strongly recommend you contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. We are happy to consider your case and help you determine the best way forward.