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Arrest of Alleged Uber Driver – How Safe Are Ride-Hailing Apps?

Published on Mar 15, 2018 at 4:29 pm in Uber Accidents.

Early in 2018, the San Luis Obispo Police Department arrested Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez in Santa Maria on suspicion of rape and burglary charges.

According to the investigation and to other reports, Alarcon-Nunez, an alleged Uber driver operating in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, allegedly used his driver status for Uber to lure and then rape female passengers and rob their homes.

San Luis Obispo police say that Alarcon-Nunez’ victims included four Cal Poly students and one Cuesta College student. Police allege he searched for parties in the city to find rides and used the Venmo app to take payment directly from the riders to disguise his role as an Uber driver.

How do you protect yourself from terrible instances like this as a rideshare passenger? Here are a few tips:

  • When your Uber vehicle approaches, make sure the license plate number is the same on the app as it is on the vehicle.
  • Also, check the photo. Does it match your driver?
  • Check how many trips has your driver has completed before entering a vehicle with them. How many months have they been driving? All of this information is available on the app when you click on the driver’s information.
  • Consider riding directly behind the rideshare driver when getting into the car, and make certain that door remains unlocked.
  • Never pay through a third-party app for a rideshare ride. Double check you’re still on the Uber app before agreeing to finalize a ride.
  • Finally, if something does not feel right when you see your driver approach, don’t get in the vehicle.

If you were injured in a rideshare vehicle accident or have legal questions about an incident you were involved in that included an Uber driver, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Rideshare Law Group today. We can pair you with one of our knowledgeable, experienced Uber accident lawyers to help get you the compensation you need to move forward.