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Man Drove for Uber After Deadly Crash in D.C. Metro Area

Published on Feb 28, 2018 at 1:37 pm in Uber Accidents.

Do you know what type of driver you will be getting before you enter an Uber vehicle? A man accused of hitting and killing a high school football coach on the Capital Beltway last summer while driving a box truck later drove for Uber after that deadly crash. Carlos Alberto Garcia, 42, killed 52-year-old Leonard Schultz in June 2017 when the box truck he was driving drifted into the median area at the split of westbound I-495 and I-95 South/I-495/I-395 North in Springfield and struck him, according to the VSP.

Garcia was initially charged with reckless driving after the crash, but federal authorities pulled his license to operate a commercial vehicle after discovering it was his second crash in less than 24 hours. This type of situation is devastating to imagine.

What can an Uber/Lyft passenger do to prevent situations like this? Always rate your drivers candidly. If there were errors, speeding, or other traffic infractions, note them in your review. These reviews help hold drivers accountable, and both Lyft and Uber utilize them to ensure their drivers aren’t driving recklessly.

Other tips? Take a look at the photograph of the driver in the app. How many rides has that driver made? How many months has the driver been picking up passengers?

Use this information when making trips to find drivers who have proven driving experience with the company. Doing so can prevent an accident.

If, unfortunately, you’ve been involved in a car crash in an Uber vehicle or with an Uber driver, you may have legal options. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Uber accident lawyers at Rideshare Law Group to find out about those options and receive a zero-obligation case consultation for free. Our proven legal team can help you and your family recover from an accident that should not have occured.