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What Can Uber and Lyft Drivers Not Do While Behind the Wheel?

Published on Mar 14, 2019 at 3:50 pm in Uber Accidents.

Planning out the logistics of using a car in a city involves knowing the quickest routes, where to park, and how much parking could cost. Many people choose to avoid this headache by using rideshare services like Uber or Lyft. As rideshare options are becoming more readily available to people all over the country, there are still important factors about the drivers that users should know.

Rideshare drivers are just like any other drivers—which means they can make mistakes if they act negligently or recklessly. If you’ve been in a car accident involving a rideshare driver, you can get justice. While these cases can be tricky, you can get the help of an Uber accident injury attorney from the Rideshare Law Group.

Our lawyers have experience with rideshare claims. We understand what you’re going through and will do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve. We’ll go over the accident and listen to your account of the story. Then, we’ll examine what the accident cost you in injuries and damages. When we have a fair settlement amount in mind, we’ll move forward in fighting to get you that amount.

What Can’t Uber and Lyft Drivers Do While Driving?

Uber and Lyft drivers have a responsibility to drive safely and make sure you get to your destination. They also need to follow the rules of the road just like any other driver. As such, there are a number of things that Uber and Lyft drivers cannot do while they’re driving.

One of the most important things they can’t do is drive distracted. This means they cannot be eating, drinking, doing any personal grooming, or anything that keeps them from focusing on the road. Phones are mainly the biggest distraction for all drivers, and rideshare drivers are no exception. Your driver should not be texting, talking on the phone, or using their mobile device for social media.

Rideshare drivers use their phones to pick up customers through their app and they also often use their phone as a navigational tool. This is tricky because it means that the driver will be someone dependent on their phone while they’re driving. However, there are safety measures that can be put in place to make sure the driver remains hands-free.

Many smartphones can be mounted onto the car’s dashboard, which means they can put their destination while the car is safely parked and out of traffic. Then, the phone will tell them their route and they can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Also, drivers shouldn’t be worried about accepting other riders while you’re in their vehicle. They’re supposed to be focused on transporting you to where you want to go in the most reasonable amount of time possible. Drivers are also supposed to use the most direct route. If your driver is taking a longer route or purposefully prolonging the ride so you are charged more, then they aren’t doing their job.

If for any reason your driver is breaking the rules or is making you uncomfortable, you do have options. You can report them and rate your experience so others know about how they operate. Other users should know if their driver isn’t going to be fair and will try to charge them for more than what their ride should cost. Also, drivers who are putting their passengers in danger should not be allowed to continue getting behind the wheel with that kind of dangerous behavior.

Contact the Rideshare Law Group Today

When rideshare drivers don’t follow the rules, they put you in harm’s way. If you’ve been wrongfully injured because of a rideshare driver who didn’t prioritize your safety or the law, then you can take legal action. Rideshare Law Group understands what you’re going through. These cases can get complex because of the multiple parties often involved. What’s more, sometimes the company may say they’re not liable because the driver may not be technically considered an employee.

There are many different directions these cases can take, which is why you want a knowledgeable and dependable attorney at your side. We’ll figure out who was liable and give your case a thorough investigation. You can rest assured that we will not let you settle for less than what you’re owed. You may be depending on this money to afford care and recover. To get started, contact us today for a free consultation.