Just over three years ago, a 30-year-old Uber driver slammed into the back of a semi-truck on U.S. Route 17 in Orlando, FL.
Two months later, the same Uber driver was arrested for DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide. His decision to get high on meth and marijuana that night came with a heavy cost: Pascual suffered a severe head injury and died at the scene.
We see tragic stories like this on the news every day. But when they’re told to us on a 2D screen, a dimension away from tangible reality, most of us feel safe and insusceptible to the same or similar experiences. The truth is that Pascual could have been anyone, including you or me.
Fortunately, many Uber and Lyft injury cases handled at Fenstersheib Law Group don’t involve death. However, they do involve seriously impacted victims who suffer because of other people’s negligence.
As Uber and Lyft accident lawyers, we are resolute in our mission: restoring to the fullest extent every injured Uber or Lyft passenger who walks through our doors with a valid claim. This means holding at-fault parties accountable for their actions to help prevent repeated incidences of harm and obtaining maximum compensation for our client’s injuries and losses.
When Uber and Lyft passengers know their rights, this mission becomes easier to achieve efficiently and quickly. To that end is this article, which outlines imperative safety information every Uber or Lyft passenger should know before stepping into the vehicle.
You have RIGHTS!
- The right to cancel the trip at any time without explanation. If you feel threatened, notice unsafe conditions in the vehicle, suspect that your driver is intoxicated, see dangerous driving, or believe your driver is distracted, don’t hesitate to ask the driver to end the ride immediately – even if you’re not near your intended destination.
- The right to report unsafe or suspicious behaviors and conditions. Call the police when warranted. You can also report your experience and concerns directly through the Uber and Lyft apps.The right to have a competent, safe, and sober Uber or Lyft driver. Uber and Lyft run background checks before hiring drivers. Uber repeats background checks annually, and Lyft conducts nationwide continuous driving record checks.
- However, this still doesn’t ensure the safety of any given driver on any given day. As a passenger, it’s critical to remain diligent in your attention to detail when using Uber or Lyft, especially upon first entering the vehicle and meeting your driver. If something appears off, don’t risk it: ask to cancel the trip.
- The right to a safe Uber or Lyft vehicle. Low tire pressure, broken lights, missing side mirrors, and check engine lights increase the chances of an accident. Be on the lookout for these and other signs of a poorly maintained Uber or Lyft vehicle. Cancel your trip, request a different driver, and report the situation.
- The right to file a lawsuit against an at-fault Uber or Lyft driver and/or Uber or Lyft. Filing a lawsuit against a company as large as Uber or Lyft might seem daunting, and for many people, the time and effort required to do so scare them away. Some people want to pursue compensation but need help figuring out where to start, and others attempt to handle their Uber or Lyft injury claim by themselves and make errors along the way.
In any injury case, the crucial first step is identifying the at-fault party and available sources of compensation. This can require some detective work, depending on the details of the situation. An experienced Uber or Lyft accident lawyer is best suited to guide you toward financial recovery after an Uber or Lyft accident.
Fenstersheib Law Group | Where Florida Uber & Lyft Lawyers Fight For You
If you or someone you know has been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, you can receive top-notch legal assistance from the Uber and Lyft accident attorneys at Fenstersheib Law Group.
Our main office is in Hallandale Beach, Florida, and we have secondary Florida offices in Hollywood, Miramar, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, & Jacksonville.
We’re eager to hear from you.
Call us today at 800-TELL-ROBERT.