UBER ANNOUNCES SAFETY MEASURES FOR PASSENGERS
Our car accident attorneys recently read on Reuters that Uber will connect U.S. riders directly to emergency number 911 starting this summer, the latest in a package of measures designed to improve the global ride hailing company’s popular image.
The company said its app will have a dedicated “safety center” feature that will include information on driver screening processes, insurance protections and community guidelines. Riders will also be able to designate up to five friends and family members as trusted contacts, and share trip details with them during every ride, Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in a blog post on Thursday. These steps should give at least some safety comfort to the Uber car passenger, and Lyft will likely soon follow.
Uber is currently facing a class action lawsuit in the United States for poor driver vetting that has led to a series of sexual harassment incidents, including rape.
The string of safety measures is an attempt by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who took the top job in August last year, to refurbish Uber’s image and put several scandals behind the company.
The lawyers in our office have now represented many people injured in Minnesota car accidents while a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle. The accidents in an Uber or Lyft car that we handle may be caused by the Uber/Lyft driver, or another car that hits the Uber/Lyft car and injures the passenger. We are often successfully able to get medical bills paid, lost wages reimbursed, and full compensation for pain and suffering. If you are injured while a passenger in an Uber car in MN, please call us and speak with an attorney for a free consultation.