What You Should Know About Ride Shares

Many are unaware of the potential dangers of using ride sharing apps like Uber or Lyft. Here are a few things you should be conscious of before requesting your next ride:

  • If you use ride shares, just be knowledgeable that the driver has no formal training as a driver, has no chauffeur’s license, is using a private car not specially adapted to heavy-duty use, or checked for safety by a government entity.
  • If you are a passenger in an Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar, you may not have any legal recourse under the driver’s insurance coverage or the company’s insurance.
  • If you want to be a driver for a ride sharing company, think twice, as your auto insurance likely does not cover you using your vehicle for commercial use. Similarly, the ride share insurance may not cover you either, claiming you are an independent contractor.
  • There have been hundreds, if not thousands of incidents nationwide involving ride share drivers. These “incidents” include sexual assault, unlawful use of a weapon, assault of passengers, to say nothing of getting lost, being rude, or not knowing basic traffic or safety laws.

Content Credit: Stephen L. Hoffman. Image Credit: Minesweeper on en.wikipedia