I have been hearing about a lot of assaults on passengers from drivers with Uber and Lyft. What can I do to stay safe in Los Angeles?

Millions of Americans use rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to reach their destinations. The companies are growing annually and have quickly become a permanent fixture in the U.S. transportation business.

However, many riders of Uber and Lyft, as well as parents of young people who use Uber and Lyft, are becoming concerned about safety. Earlier this year, a college student in South Carolina was murdered after she got into a vehicle that she assumed was her Uber ride. In addition, stories abound across the country of rideshare drivers assaulting passengers, primarily intoxicated female passengers. Rideshare drivers with Uber and Lyft must pass a background check. However, the background check is not as extensive as some people would prefer, and some drivers with criminal backgrounds are hired.

There are steps passengers should take to stay safe on Uber and Lyft. First, when your vehicle arrives, confirm that the car matches what is listed on the rideshare app. You should also confirm that you’re the passenger. You can do that by asking the driver who he or she is there to pick up. You should confirm your driver’s ratings. If the driver’s ratings are low, consider cancelling the ride. If a driver seems off, you should trust your gut and ask the driver to let you out. Finally, travel with a friend. If that’s not an option, you can “share your status” on the app so that your friends or family can track the ride.

If you have been harmed as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft ride, you should speak with an attorney. Call me, Los Angeles personal injury attorney Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more about your legal options.