On July 14, 2015, NBC News reported that Uber reached a tentative settlement in a wrongful death suit that was brought by the family of a 6-year-old girl who died in San Francisco. The girl was walking in a crosswalk with her younger brother and mother when they were struck by a vehicle on New Year’s Eve in 2013.
The driver who hit the mother and her small children was logged on to the Uber X smartphone app, and available to provide rides as an Uber driver.
Uber is headquartered here in San Francisco; Uber was available in 58 countries and 300 cities worldwide. With the Uber mobile app, consumers use their smartphones to submit trip requests, which are then routed to Uber drivers who are independent contractors that use their personal vehicles for rides.
Is it safe to use Uber?
The death of the 6-year-old girl raises legitimate questions about the safety of using Uber’s services, and more importantly, the qualifications of their drivers.
Is it safe having Uber fleets spending so much time on the road making pickups and drop-offs while not necessarily being trained professional drivers, and not subject to the same safety regulations as licensed cab drivers?The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)recommends that the public always hire a real San Francisco taxi. Some of the reasons for choosing a permitted, legal taxi in the Bay Area include:
- The vehicles are more likely to be safe, and they all undergo routine safety and meter inspections.
- All San Francisco taxi drivers undergo extensive training, and are subject to background checks.
- You deal with insured operators. Should something go wrong, you have proper legal recourse.
- You are supporting local taxi drivers who invested considerable time and money into acquiring the right to drive a taxicab.
When Uber drivers are enticed by turning their cars into “money machines” and told that they won’t have an office, or a boss, could this practice be making our roads less safe?
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