A recent 9 News investigation highlights some of the risks involved with Uber that you may not have considered. While the new ride sharing services have provided consumers with new options for getting around town, they have also spawned new opportunities for criminal behavior.
Under Colorado law, only licensed and marked taxi drivers can accept street hails—rides given on the spot when you wave down a cab. All other transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, as well as luxury limousine operators are required to arrange rides ahead of time.
How to Protect Yourself
It may be difficult to know exactly who you are dealing with when you arrange a ride with Uber. While Colorado law requires background checks for all Uber drivers, there are many things you can do to ensure your safety. Don’t put yourself at the mercy of shady drivers by following these tips:
- Always use the app. The Uber (and Lyft) apps provide a description of the car, its license plate number and a photograph of the driver. Before you get in the car, make sure everything matches.
- Don’t offer your name. Be sure the driver can provide your name, since it is given to him by the app.
- Keep in touch with friends or family. Be sure to take advantage of the GPS tracking available in the app so your loved ones can know your whereabouts.
- Never hail an unmarked cab from the street. Avoid off-the-clock predators by making sure to arrange your rides. Wait for your driver in a safe place, even indoors. The app will let you know when they arrive.
At Shafner Law, our experienced Denver rideshare accident lawyers are dedicating to helping people find justice. If you or your loved one has been victimized by a driver for hire, please call our Denver office today at (303) 796-0555 for your free consultation. We serve clients throughout the Denver metro area and the state of Colorado.