atching an Uber or a Lyft is now commonplace and very convenient. Most people reading this article have pro
bably experienced ridesharing themselves, especially if you reside in or have visited a large city. No money is exchanged between a passenger and a driver, you can use your phone to track your driver’s arrival and route while on your trip, it is less expensive than traditional public transportation such as a taxi, and if you’re a driver, you can make some extra money. Those all sound like great things – and they are. But what about the other side of ridesharing where crimes are being committed?
According to the LAPD, since 2016, ‘Uber and Lyft drivers have committed more than 500 crimes’ in the Los Angeles area. However, the police tracking crimes in this area note that there have been more crimes against Lyft or Uber drivers than crimes in which these drivers were the perpetrators.
People use ridesharing for various reasons like getting to work, as an alternative to their car that may not be working,
or to explore a city without having to take mass transportation or worry about parking. When you are taking an Uber or Lyft, you should be mindful that it is not a taxi; the same safeguards do not exist for drivers and passengers. With that said, you should consider employing these tips to protect yourself as a passenger the next time (and every time) you use a ridesharing service. Here are a few of the suggestions:
As indicated above, in LA, drivers are more often the victim of a crime than passengers. This means that Lyft and Uber drivers must take precautions to keep themselves safe as well. Below are some steps to take as a driver to protect yourself:
There are risks in many of the activities we do every day, whether we are driving a car or taking a shower. But we wear seat belts and use shower mats to reduce the likeliness of injury. Most of the time, when we engage in these activities, we are fine, and we go about our day. When you take an Uber or Lyft, or choose to drive for a ridesharing service, you will most likely have an uneventful experience. But there are potential risks to your safety that may be involved. You should be aware of the risks so that you can decide whether participating in ridesharing is for you or so that you can take the necessary precautions as mentioned above.
Although the probability that you will be the victim of a crime during a ridesharing trip is low, the possibility still exists. Freeman & Freeman is a personal injury law firm that has experienced Uber and Lyft injury attorneys. Contact us if you are the victim of a crime as a driver or a passenger of a ridesharing service.