Uber, Ola, Didi and other ride sharing services are a great way to enjoy a hassle-free night out with friends or a convenient ride home from the airport. Ride sharing services are usually a lot cheaper than taxis.
Unfortunately, accidents happen – just as they do when travelling in any motor vehicle.
If you’ve been involved while riding as a passenger in an Uber (or any other ride sharing service) then it is likely that you will be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
It does not matter whether it was your driver’s fault or whether the accident was caused by another road user.
Some of the most common Uber accidents include:
- Collisions with other motor vehicles (Uber driver at fault)
- Collisions with other motor vehicles (another road user at fault)
- Pedestrian struck down by an Uber driver
- Collision with a stationary object (pole, tree or other object)
- Assault by an Uber driver
Some facts that you may not know about Uber
- Rideshare companies like Uber started gaining popularity when customers saw how simple it was to grab a ride with a few taps on a smartphone. The service works almost the same way as a taxi company, but with a technology-friendly twist.
- Uber doesn’t utilize in-vehicle meters which means riders typically know what they’re paying ahead of time thanks to the app. Riders are charged a base rate based on distance travelled and time spent. Fares may vary depending on vehicle type and the city, but most final fares are close to the projected initial fare the user sees before they confirm the pickup.
- Fares may also increase during hours of peak demand such as on New Year’s Eve in busy cities.
- Uber drivers are not employed through typical means by the company. Instead, they’re independent contractors. This means that they receive no special training and supply their own vehicles.
- They are, however, required to use a vehicle that meets certain standards. All vehicles, for example, must be well-maintained, must be fairly new, and must have four doors.
- Drivers themselves must also meet certain standards. They must be at least 21 years old, pass a background check, and have a current driver’s licence and registration.
- Drivers are “rated” via a 5-star system built into the Uber app. Customers are requested to rate each driver after a ride, and drivers must retain a certain rating to keep driving. This encourages drivers to be courteous and respectful to their clients as well as keep their vehicles clean.
- Since drivers are independently contracted, they can choose where to work and during what hours. To find a passenger, all they have to do is turn on the Uber driver app and log in. This makes their vehicles show up to customers who are looking for a nearby ride. Once a driver accepts a ride, the customer will see information regarding the driver and their vehicle as well as a real-time GPS ping showing the exact location of the car.
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