Ridesharing services, including Uber and Lyft, increase in popularity around
the holidays, especially after parties or celebrations where alcohol was
consumed. Riders may not be thinking about the safety of the vehicle they
are getting into, but they should be. Recent recalls have affected millions
of vehicles in the U.S., but studies show that only about a quarter of
the affected cars actually receive the necessary repairs. This means that
your chances of getting into a recalled vehicle may be high.
Uber claims that they advise drivers to stay up-to-date on any recalls
for their particular vehicle, but some drivers say they have never received
any specific recall-related information from Uber. There also isn’t
enough follow up, which can allow drivers to avoid turning their car in
for repairs, and losing a source of income while they wait to get their
Except for the owner of the vehicle, it can be impossible to tell if the
car has been maintained and had any necessary repairs made to ensure the
safety of its passengers. There are other companies that are pushing to
ensure that rideshare vehicles are kept safe. Recall Masters is a San
Francisco based company that helps fleet owners keep their cars up-to-date
on mandated repairs. According to Recall Masters President Chris Miller,
the responsibility for fixing cars should fall on the drivers, as well
as the rideshare service company as well. Chris Miller also runs MotorSafety.org,
which allows users to scan or enter the VIN number of a car to receive
information about recalls. While it may be awkward to ask for this information
or scan the VIN on the doorframe of the car, doing so can allow you to
make an informed decision.
No matter what transportation you use, you deserve to arrive safely at
your destination. If you were injured in a recalled Uber or Lyft vehicle,
you may be eligible to claim compensation. Our Greenwich
car accident attorneys can help your navigate the claims process, and we have the experience
needed to stand up to big companies like rideshare companies. At
Ivey Barnum & O'Mara, LLC, we are ready to take your call any time, day or night.
Begin your case with a complimentary
initial case evaluation.
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