With the surge of rideshare service popularity, there are many more cars on the road than ever before. With this increase in traffic, the likelihood of being involved in a car accident is higher than ever.

Many people rely on rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to get around town and back and forth from work. If you frequently use rideshare services, there are measures you can take to proactively stay safe and avoid getting injured in the unfortunate event an accident does occur.

How Can I Be a Good Co-Pilot?

Always wear your seatbelt. In the event of a sudden stop or change in momentum, a seatbelt keeps your body in place. This is proven to mitigate the risk of bodily injury. Seatbelts ensure your body stays safely inside the vehicle and on the seat. If you aren’t wearing a seatbelt and the car stops short or collides with another car, your body could be projected into the steering wheel or windshield or ejected from the vehicle entirely.

It’s especially important to wear your seatbelt when you are a passenger in a rideshare vehicle. If you’re involved in an accident and failed to wear a seatbelt, it’s difficult to prove the driver’s liability for your injuries because you could not take necessary safety precautions. Different states have different laws requiring seat belts, but every rideshare service has a policy that requires passengers to wear a seatbelt, whether they are in the front of the back of the vehicle. Contact our Costa Mesa personal injury lawyers in case you need some help.

When entering an Uber or Lyft, always ask for your driver’s name. This is an important safety tip for a variety of reasons. In the event of an accident, it’s helpful to have your driver’s name so you can discuss what happened with the rideshare company later.

Keep distractions at a reasonably safe level. Pay attention to the road if you are driving the car yourself. If you notice heavy traffic or an incoming obstacle in the road, consider pausing conversation to alert your driver. Two heads are better than one – any way you can keep yourself and your driver proactively safe is a smart measure to take.

Don’t Contribute to Distractions

If you are in the car with other passengers, it can be tempting to play loud music, watch a video on your phone, or create unnecessary noise in the vehicle. At night, avoid using any bright lights inside the vehicle, especially a cell phone camera flash. Any sudden, bright flash of light can cause the driver to avert their eyes from the road, increasing the likelihood of an accident.

Offer to give directions or otherwise help navigate to your destination. The less your driver relies on his or her phone, the safer your ride will be. The more distractions there are in the car, the higher the likelihood of your driver losing focus and crashing. Always be a responsible passenger to lessen the possibility of a rideshare accident occurring. Being a good co-pilot involves taking every possible measure to ensure your safety as well as the safety of the driver.

If you suffer a rideshare accident, contact us for a free, confidential evaluation of your case. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide legal counsel and get you started on filing a rideshare accident claim.