Uber is a popular smartphone app that allows users to get access to a ride share service at the touch of a button.It is much cheaper than a traditional taxi and, most of the time, a good option for people in need of an urgent ride. Although the company does not allow anyone below 18 years to have an Uber account, there is negligence in enforcement of this rule. With this ridesharing company becoming so popular, it is inevitable that teenagers will end up using the service. Factors such as Uber’s lack of background check methods, numerous reports of accidents and assaults by drivers raise serious concerns about passenger safety. If you are a parent, ensuring your teenager’s safety is of utmost importance. Here are some tips from experienced Uber lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, NY, on how your teenager can stay safe while using Uber:
- If you have an Uber account, it is advisable to request a ride from your account. This will enable you to have an active GPS record of your teen’s location. The active GPS will also enable you to keep a check on your teen’s safety until he/she reaches the desired destination.
- If you are unable to accompany your teenager, make sure he/she travels with someone else or a group of people to help reduce risks.
- Ask your teenager to send a photo of the car’s license plate. Having a photograph of the license plate will enable you to track the car with the DMV, should anything go wrong.
- There have been reports of fake drivers using Uber as a means to lure passengers into their cars. Once a car is booked, the Uber app gives information about the driver’s name as well as the make, color, and license plate number of the car. Educate your teenager to verify this information when the car arrives.
- Check the driver’s rating before allowing your teen to take a ride. If you are not satisfied with the driver’s rating, cancel the ride and request a new one.
- Educate your teenager not to be too friendly with the driver. Teenagers should avoid taking photos with their driver or share any personal information.
- Uber drivers are not allowed to bring a passenger along when picking up a ride. Educate your teen not to enter an Uber car if there is any passenger along with the driver. Another person along with the driver either means that the driver is fake or breaking the rules.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an Uber accident, we can help. Our Uber accident attorneys will clearly explain every option to you and will work tirelessly to represent your case so that you can receive the highest compensation possible. Call 877-504-5562 or email [email protected]