According to a study released by Safe-D, there’s confusion regarding the transportation of young children in rideshare vehicles. Because child safety seat laws vary widely by state, parents and rideshare drivers are often unaware of the policy for safely transporting passengers under the age of five.
Safe-D, which was a collaboration between Texas A&M Transportation Institute, San Diego State University, and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, conducted a nation-wide survey and a 50-state review of laws and examined focus groups with rideshare drivers in Dallas, Houston, and College Station.
According to the report, only half of the parents questioned said they were confident they had followed state law when taking their children in a rideshare vehicle. The majority of parents claimed to have used a safety seat, but 34% said they did so only sometimes and 7% said they never used a safety seat. The percentage that did not use a car seat cited their reasoning as viewing a rideshare trip differently from personal vehicle trips.
The majority of rideshare drivers are not responsible for ensuring child safety; however, 30% of parents stated believing the responsibility falls on the rideshare driver or company to provide a car seat. But, only 15 states hold drivers for-hire liable for proper restraint of child passengers.
According to Uber and Lyft, the rider is typically responsible for providing a car seat. While both companies welcome children and minors, they must be accompanied by an adult and have a safety seat that meets state requirements.
In New York City, however, Uber has rolled out a car seat program. Parents or guardians can request an Uber with a car seat. A $10 surcharge is added to UberX pricing for car seat trips. According to Uber’s guidelines, the child must be at least two years old, 22 pounds, and 31 inches tall. A child is too big at 48 pounds or 52 inches.
While it’s uncertain at this time as to whether child passengers will account for future rideshare growth, it’s important for riders and drivers to be aware of the safety requirements and procedures for proper transporting. A child who is properly restrained has significantly improved survival chances in the event of an accident.
If a rideshare accident occurs while you’re the passenger, getting the help you need to cover the related expenses and losses can be challenging. Recovering from injuries can make the process even more difficult. In order to maximize your chances of recovery, it’s in your best interest to hire a rideshare accident attorney.
When you work with the Rideshare Law Group, we’ll handle the paperwork, conversations, and negotiations for you, so you can work on getting your life back in order. To learn more about how we can help, get in touch with us today.