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Many Californians use rideshare services like Lyft and Uber every day. Most of these rides occur without incident. 

But for some people, a rideshare experience can result in harm or damages. There are many types of dangerous situations and accidents that take place in the context of rideshare services.

Because of this, it is crucial to know how you can ensure the safest ride possible. Below, we will examine five crucial steps to make sure that your rideshare experience is safe.

If you have been hurt during a rideshare trip, do not hesitate. Contact a skilled legal professional to pursue the damages that you are owed.  

Note the License Plate 

One of the most reliable ways to ensure that you are entering the right vehicle is to check the license plate. Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft provide customers with the license plate number of their driver’s car. 

Before you get into a vehicle, make sure that the license matches the information in the rideshare app. Check that the make and model of the car match details provided by the app, as well.

You should never ride in a vehicle that is missing a license plate. Never accept a ride from a car without the license plate of your assigned driver.

Uber also provides customers with their driver’s image and name. Do not enter a vehicle with anyone except the appointed rideshare employee. If something goes wrong, it is vital that you can accurately identify your driver. 

Ask the Right Questions 

Many people enjoy a quiet ride, especially when the driver is a stranger. However, it is important to know what kinds of information you should exchange with your driver before accepting the ride.

Rideshare employees are required to know the names and destinations of their passengers. Make sure that your driver knows who you are and where you are going before you enter the vehicle. 

If a driver cannot tell you your name or the address of your destination, something is wrong. In the same way that you should have basic information about your driver, the app should provide them with the necessary information about you. 

Be Cautious When Drinking

One of the greatest benefits of the rideshare model is that it provides a safe and convenient transportation option. This is especially true if you are coming home from a night of drinking.

With rideshare availability, there is never an excuse to drive while under the influence of alcohol. But drinking can cause you to forget routine safety practices after you request a rideshare.

Be very careful anytime that you are alone with a stranger, especially if you are under the influence of alcohol. Being intoxicated can increase the risk of something going wrong.

Most rideshare drivers are required to undergo a background check. Still, you should not assume that your rideshare driver is a trustworthy person. Keep your wits about you, especially if you have been drinking. 

Sit in the Back 

You should always sit in the backseat of a rideshare vehicle. This is true unless you are sharing a ride with a group of people that you know. If this is the case, the front seat is fine.

But if you are traveling alone and your driver asks you to sit in the front, reconsider the ride. It is best to sit in the back on the passenger side of the vehicle.

This allows you and the driver to see one another. Sitting in the back passenger seat is the most comfortable and safest option. 

Choose Smart Locations to Begin and End Your Ride

Although the journey is important, it is also crucial to choose safe pick-up and drop-off points. Make sure to request a ride when you are in a public space, preferably with other people around. 

You should not request a ride when you are in a huge crowd, however. This can make it unsafe for your driver to stop. It may also be difficult for them to identify you.

It is not advisable to set your destination location as your home address. While most rideshare drivers are trustworthy and helpful, it is important to avoid giving out your home address.

If you are able to do so, set the destination address for a block or two from your home and walk the remainder of the way.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can ensure the safest rideshare experience possible.

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Last year I contacted your law firm when I got into a car accident. the gentleman that handled my case, his name was Cesar. Cesar was very helpful and compassionate about my situation. He helped me get my car fixed very quickly and was super patient with me. He answered all of my questions and ensured me that everything will be taken care of. Once my case was settled I ended up getting more than I was expecting, which was amazing. I highly recommended Cesar and this law firm to anyone that needs help.

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I was a client to the Law Brothers firm for about a year, the staff is really nice and professional. I would get updates on the case status and when I did call I would usually get a call back within 24 hours. I really appreciate the work that was done for me. I got the most out of my settlement and when I called to have a break down of the costs, Genesis was very patient and gave me a break down on all of it. I will definitely recommend this law firm to friends and family, as well as call them in the future if needed (hopefully not soon).

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I had gotten into an accident and had no idea what to do. Friends and family recommended I get a lawyer since I was not at fault. I found this firm and I was beyond impressed. They handled everything for me from car insurance questions to finding doctors for me to visit. After my accident all I had to do was make appointments with various doctors to help with my pain. I give five stars because this firm went above and beyond and continued to follow up with me. I highly recommend if you are in need of a lawyer to use them.

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