Ridesharing has grown extremely popular in recent years, and
experts don’t expect that trend to end anytime soon. In fact, some experts
expect this industry to grow to $285 billion by 2030. Any industry that experiences this
much expansion is sure to have growing pains, and it’s important to think about
whether or not this is truly a safe transportation option.
Passenger Trapped in Car in Denver
In one shocking
incident, Denver law professor Nancy Leong found herself trapped in an Uber car
on the way to the airport. After the driver picked Leong up at home, he
diverted from his airport route and told her he was going to take her to a
hotel. Leong got away by pounding on the windows and getting the attention of
local construction workers. While the driver has been suspended from the Uber
platform, the fact remains that he has Leong’s home address. Unfortunately,
Leong is far from the first passenger to be put in danger by a ridesharing
driver. In an incident that occurred in Denver back in 2016, an Uber driver
dropped a passenger off at the airport, and then promptly returned to the
customer’s home and attempted to break in.
Over $8.9 Million in Fines in Colorado
Of course, this isn’t the first major issue that has plagued
Uber. In 2017, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission investigated both Uber
and Lyft. While Lyft, one of Uber’s main competitors, did not have any
violations, Uber had 57 drivers with previous criminal or motor vehicle offenses. Per the
Public Utilities Commission, all of these drivers should have been
disqualified. Violations ranged from DUI and reckless driving convictions to
felonies, and some drivers were even operating with revoked or suspended
obvious oversight put passengers all over the state at risk, and as a result,
Uber was fined $8.9 million. While ridesharing drivers must undergo a private
background check, taxi drivers must submit their fingerprints and undergo
criminal background checks through the FBI and Colorado Bureau of
Investigation. This disparity is one reason that many wonder about the safety
of ridesharing in comparison to taxis and cabs.
Staying Safe While Ridesharing
Luckily, the state of Colorado has laws in place regarding
ridesharing insurance. Companies are required to insurance for all periods of
commercial activity, from when drivers turn on the app to when they pick up and
drop off customers. Both Uber and Lyft provide drivers with commercial
insurance policies that cover any property or bodily injury, providing extra
assurance to customers who choose ridesharing options.
It’s still crucial for passengers to protect themselves,
however. They should not continue a ride if they feel unsafe, and if an
accident occurs, they should seek immediate medical attention. Documentation is
crucial for any vehicle accident, especially when a victim is relying on an
outside insurance company to cover related medical expenses.
It’s important to seek legal counsel immediately after an
accident, since injuries and damages must be fully documented. A skilled ridesharing accident lawyer can contact witnesses, secure the
necessary documentation, and negotiate with the commercial insurance provider
on a passenger’s behalf.
Get the Help You Need After a Ridesharing
A car accident can be mentally and physically traumatizing, which is why expert legal representation is essential. Let us work on your behalf. Call Kinnaird Law at (719) 520-0003 for a free case review.