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The Risks of Uber & Lyft: How to Get There Safe

Updated: Mar 19, 2023

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Are you one of the millions of people who use ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to get around town? While these services can be convenient and affordable, they also come with significant risks that you may not be aware of.

Uber and Lyft are Transportation Network Companies (TNC) that connect passengers with drivers through a phone app. In addition to following the general safety rules of the road, Pennsylvania (and many other States) has enacted laws to further protect passengers and others on the roadway, including the requirement that all TNCs carry at least $1M in insurance coverage for their drivers’ negligence. Other legal requirements include driver background checks, minimum standards for drivers, and safety training. Unfortunately, many times these companies have sacrificed safety for growth and profits.

One of the most significant risks associated with ride-sharing services is the potential for accidents and injuries. When you get into a ride-sharing vehicle, you're putting your safety in the hands of a stranger. While ride-sharing companies conduct background checks on their drivers, these checks are not foolproof, and accidents can still happen.

In addition to the risk of accidents, ride-sharing services can also pose a risk of crimes such as assault, robbery, and kidnapping. While these incidents are relatively rare, they can happen, and it's essential to take steps to protect yourself.

If you are injured in a ride-sharing accident or become the victim of a crime while using these services, it's important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and work to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

In addition to seeking legal advice, there are steps you can take to protect yourself when using ride-sharing services. These include:

  1. Checking the driver's rating and reviews before getting into the vehicle

  2. Checking the license plate and make and model of the vehicle to make sure it matches the information in the app

  3. Sitting in the back seat of the vehicle

  4. Sharing your ride details with a friend or family member

  5. Using a tracking app or sharing your location with someone you trust.

By taking these precautions and seeking legal advice in the event of an accident or crime, you can help to protect yourself and your loved ones when using ride-sharing services.

To conclude, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have transformed the way we get around town, but they also come with significant risks. If you've been injured in a ride-sharing accident or become the victim of a crime while using these services, don't hesitate to seek legal representation. By staying informed and taking appropriate precautions, you can protect yourself and enjoy the convenience and affordability of ride-sharing services with peace of mind.


The Oakes Firm is dedicated to helping injured people and grieving families obtain answers, justice, and full compensation. If you or a loved one have been involved in a rideshare accident, don’t hesitate to contact us now. We are available 24/7 for a free case consultation to evaluate your potential claims. Learn how an award-winning Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at The Oakes Firm can get you the help you need and the money you deserve.

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