Uber has become an increasingly popular rideshare option over the past several years. The convenience of the app fits in smoothly with the hustle of the airport pick-up lane or traveling home from the bar, and it allows you to concentrate on other important tasks as your driver whisks you off to your final destination.
As the holidays near and the days grow colder, it becomes more likely that you buckle into the backseat of a heated car than walk. Holiday parties and happy hours may be enjoyed out on the town with friends and coworkers, and having the option to order a car on your phone to safely drive you home after your second White Russian can provide you with a great sense of ease, but what do you do when it appears your driver is intoxicated as well?
What to Do if Your Uber Driver Is Operating Their Vehicle Illegally
You have ordered an Uber to drive you safely to your next destination, whether to the mall, your home, or even the office. The expectation is a timely and painless drive where you can focus on yourself for a minute. If you notice your driver gets a little too close to the car next to you or seems to be slurring their words, they might be operating the Uber under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which is illegal. If you suspect this is the case, make sure you have done the following:
Identify Your Driver Is Intoxicated
Discovering that your driver may be intoxicated is a frightening and disturbing scenario. Signs your driver may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol may include the following:
- Slowed or slurred speech
- Inability to keep their eyes open
- Erratic driving behaviors, like speeding, unnecessary beeping, running red lights, and swerving too close to the curb or other vehicles
Did your driver run a red light because they got distracted or because they were driving under the influence? Regardless, either behavior is negligent, and you need to get out of the car.
Your Safety Is a Priority
If you suspect your driver is driving the vehicle under the influence, you need to get out of the car immediately. Uber’s official policy is to exit the vehicle, call 911, and report the incident through the app.
If the driver insists they are fine to continue driving, calmly reassert yourself. If they fail to comply, call 911.
What to Do if Your Uber Driver Gets in an Accident Under the Influence
If the warning signs are not as glaring and you are in the car as a rider while your Uber is an accident, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe understands deeply the trauma that can result from a motor vehicle accident, especially when you are not behind the wheel. Our dedicated team is here to ensure that you are aware of and protect your rights.
Treat your Uber driver like you would another vehicle on the road. When the accident is caused due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages for physical injuries, medical expenses, and more.
Reach Out to a New York Uber Accident Attorney Today
Sometimes a motor vehicle accident is unavoidable. The physical and financial cost of a crash can be devastating, which is why our personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe are here to help.
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