Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies have revolutionized the taxi industry. This technology did not exist just a few years ago – but now rideshare drivers and passengers are connecting all over the world.
But with any new technology, there are people who try to take advantage of the system in an effort to make money.
Case in point, recent reports of fake Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare cars. Reports of fake rideshare operators are popping up all over the country. There are a number of issues that may affect passengers:
- Cost: Fake drivers may charge passengers exorbitant rates, much higher than the price of the genuine app-based rates.
- Method of payment: Uber and Lyft are paid through their respective apps. No cash is exchanged between the driver and the passenger. In a fake rideshare car, the driver may ask for cash.
- Safety: There are obvious safety concerns involved when riding with a stranger – especially when the driver hasn’t been vetted by Uber, Lyft or another rideshare company.
- Accidents: What happens when a car accident occurs? What if a passenger is seriously injured? These are important questions that may not have an easy answer. It is advisable for any person injured in an Uber/Lyft accident to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
How To Spot a Fake Ride
How can passengers recognize a fake Uber/Lyft car? Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Non-app based rides: Uber and Lyft are app-based. Do not accept rides from a car that was not arranged through an app – even if the car has an Uber or Lyft sticker on it.
- Driver confirmation: Both Uber and Lyft display driver and vehicle information on their respective apps. If a car shows up and it the driver and/or vehicle don’t match, refuse the ride.
- Personal safety: It is important to avoid sharing any personal information with your driver. Also, let a friend or family member know when you are ridesharing. Take a cautionary approach before getting to a car.
The vast majority of rides are legitimate and safe. However, if something seems off, refuse the ride.
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft car accident – or if you have been injured in an accident involving a fake Uber or Lyft vehicle – learn about your legal options by speaking to an attorney from our firm. Call 800-594-4884.