In 2019, getting a ride to or from home is as easy as pushing a button your smartphone via a rideshare app. And while rideshare services are often touted as being safe alternatives to driving, they can pose dangers of their own if you aren’t careful.
The next time you use a rideshare service, keep these tips in mind to reduce your risks:
- Verify your driver by checking their name, vehicle, and license plate number—When your driver arrives, make sure you’re getting into the right vehicle by verifying its make, model, and color, as well as the driver’s name and license plate number.
- Wear your seatbelt—Buckling up is one of the most important things you can do for your safety when you’re in a vehicle, and that includes rideshare vehicles. Fasten your seatbelt as soon as you sit down, and keep it fastened until you reach your destination.
- Be careful when exiting the vehicle—Exit on the side of the vehicle closest to the sidewalk or curb. Look both ways before opening your door and stepping out onto the street to make sure it’s safe to exit. After exiting, move away from the vehicle and the road.
You can also utilize your own phone’s GPS function during your ride to make sure your driver is staying on track to get you to your destination quickly and safely.
Hurt in a Rideshare Vehicle? We’re Here for You.
If you get hurt in a rideshare vehicle, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injury-related expenses. Whether the crash was caused by your own driver or another motorist, we’re ready to build a claim against the responsible party on your behalf.