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Uber Driver Attacked with …Tacos? 4 Ways for Uber Drivers to Stay Safe
An Uber driver was attacked with tacos in Midland, Texas when a passenger expressed dissatisfaction with her service. This was definitely not your average Uber accident.
Ms. Maria Chavez works as an Uber driver on the weekends. At one point, she picked up a passenger and her friend who both appeared intoxicated. The two people had cartons of food that they brought into her vehicle as well. The passengers rode for a while but then asked that Ms. Chavez turn around and go back to a bar to pick up their friends. When Ms. Chavez refused, the passengers pelleted her with their fast food—tacos! Authorities released photos and videos to the public which were used to identify the taco tantrummer.
Although driving for rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber can be a great way to earn some income on the side, they can also be dangerous as well. Lyft and Uber accidents are somewhat common, and they may involve more unique circumstances than the average car accident.
How can you stay safe as an Uber driver? You may want to use the following four tips.
Review and use the rating system.
Both Uber and Lyft have rating systems that you can use as a driver and a passenger. Drivers can review the ratings to help ensure that the person they are about to pick up is not rowdy, rude, or dangerous. Ratings help you determine whether the passenger will use the rideshare’s community guidelines. If you come across a passenger that causes problems for you, be sure to use the rating system as a means to warn others.
Choose the time you drive wisely.
It is no secret that some times of the day or night are more likely to attract passengers that will be dangerous. Sometimes you do not have a choice in when you are available to work, but if you do, you may want to consider not driving between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., as driving during these times in general is more likely to result in an auto accident, even if you do not have a passenger. You are also less likely to drive for someone who is drunk or dangerous if you can avoid those hours.
Create a safety plan.
It is always a good idea to have a plan if you feel unsafe. Some drivers will tell a friend or family member where they are going before they head there. Others may have cameras or other recording devices in their car. Think about how you will handle a dangerous situation. Is there a safe spot where you can drive? Who can you always get in touch with in the event of an emergency? You may want to consider enabling location services so that a friend or family member knows where you are at all times on your shift. Having a plan will decrease the likelihood that you are injured and will help you remain calm in a crisis situation.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
There is a lot of pressure not to cancel a ride, even if you feel uncomfortable with the situation or if the passenger is raising some red flags. However, you should cancel a trip if you feel unsafe. Your safety is the most important factor you should consider. In many situations, if you explain why you felt unsafe, Uber or Lyft is less likely to issue any penalties for saying no to a ride. Keep in mind that you are not required to pick up individuals who clearly do not match the person who asked for the ride—especially if they are using an obviously fake name or have invalid information.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, even if that incident was caused by a passenger, you may have legal options. Manibog Law will provide a free case evaluation to determine what your rights are and help you decide what you should do next. Call today: 1-800-MANIBOG.