Uber Car Accidents

12 Feb 2019 |Dorothy Hyde

Everyone has that one friend who likes to drink and drive. They start the evening thinking that they won’t drink as much and before you know it they are drinking and choosing to drive. The responsible thing is to not drink and drive. For one it is against the law and two it is just an all-around good idea to not be intoxicated when using a vehicle of any kind. Then you have that friend who is always extra cautious. Not only do they not drink or drive, but they are also fairly conservative in their drinking. The new wave of transportation created by Uber makes getting a ride easier, but that doesn’t mean that it is always safer.

What Do We Know?

What do we really know about those who drive for Uber? In Austin, the city requires drivers to have fingerprints and background checks. In response, Uber and Lyft do not have drivers in that city anymore. Dallas is another story. Dallas does not have such an ordinance. Uber claims that they provide background checks on all their drivers. They say they look back 7 years for any convicted felonies, driving offenses, sex-related offenses, abuse or endangerment, street racing, reckless driving, or driving under the influence. This is supposed to deter drivers who have a past from applying to drive, but sometimes background checks are wrong or drivers are approved anyway.

All we really know is that the drivers have had some verification, but what if they received misdemeanors? What if these drivers had convictions from 10 or 8 years ago? Is that evidence enough that these drivers are safe? Unfortunately, when you order an Uber you don’t really get the chance or have the time to ask a driver about their history. It is the social norm to just get into the vehicle you just ordered. Sarah Milburn learned the hard way how to not trust an Uber driver.

The Tragedy

While bar hopping, Milburn got an Uber with some friends. They all piled into the van and she sat in the middle with her seat belt on. The Uber driver ran a red and the van was hit by another vehicle who fled the scene. The van flipped. No one else in the vehicle was hurt except for Milburn. She was unable to move, but she could hear and see everything. The police report does not state that the van ran a red light even though there is proof. That is something Milburn family has to battle in order to get fairly compensated.

What Do You Do?

If you or someone you love was injured in an Uber Accident then you need to reach out to our Uber Accident Attorney at the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde in Dallas. With 30 years of experience, our Uber Accident Attorney knows that your case relies on accurate information and detailed reports. As your representation, we will ensure that the truth is told. Call 214-883-1700 or click here to start a conversation with our winning team today.

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09 Nov 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

It sure seems as though your Uber driver will be more careful when complimenting you on your appearance or asking personal (and creepy) questions (aka “Hey, what panties are you wearing right now? Can I see them?”). Yuck.

Uber has finally listed all types of sexual misconduct and sexual assault reported by their riders and drivers over the past years, clarifying (for its drivers, for the most part) what they are not allowed to do to their riders during trips to avoid legal consequences.

Sexual harassment and sexual assault during a ride with Uber

Women know the reality all too well. You request a ride via Uber or Lyft, arrive home, and immediately call or text your best friends or relatives to let them know that you are still alive and that your ride went well. Let’s be honest, we have all done it, especially when we thought the way our Uber driver’s voice sounded on the phone was creepy or he looked somewhat intimidating or dangerous when you got into his car.

And you cannot blame women for doing that. After all, there are numerous reports from women (and men) who have been sexually harassed and assaulted by their rideshare drivers. “And now, finally, Uber is doing something about it,” says our Dallas Uber accident attorney from Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde.

Uber releases a list of 21 types of sexual misconduct by drivers and riders

A few days back, the company, whose reputation has been severely damaged by a long list of reports of sexual misconduct and assaults, put out a list of 21 types of sexual misconduct and sexual assault. Uber divided these two into two sections to make it more readable for their drivers who are still not up to date as to what behavior is considered appropriate and inappropriate in the modern world.

The list ranges from “flirting” and “commenting on the rider’s appearance” all the way to “masturbation / indecent exposure” and “non-consensual sexual penetration.”

Uber, which promised a full report sometime next year, said it made the list in cooperation with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and Urban Institute.

Types of sexual misconduct and sexual assault

Sexual misconduct:

  1. Staring or leering;
  2. Asking personal questions;
  3. Making comments about or complimenting on appearance;
  4. Flirting;
  5. Making explicit gestures;
  6. Making explicit comments;
  7. Displaying indecent material (photos, posters, videos, audio) in the vehicle;
  8. Taking indecent photos without consent;
  9. Soliciting sexual content;
  10. Masturbation / indecent exposure; and
  11. Threatening to sexually assault.

Sexual assault:

  1. Attempting touching of a non-sexual body part;
  2. Attempting touching of a sexual body part;
  3. Attempted kissing of a non-sexual body part;
  4. Attempted kissing of a sexual body part;
  5. Non-consensual touching of a non-sexual body part;
  6. Non-consensual touching of a sexual body part;
  7. Non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part;
  8. Non-consensual kissing of a sexual body part;
  9. Attempted non-consensual sexual penetration; and
  10. Non-consensual sexual penetration.

If you have experienced any of the above-mentioned types of sexual misconduct during your ride with Uber, do not hesitate to contact our Dallas Uber accident attorney from Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde. Schedule a free consultation by calling at 214-883-1700.

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31 Aug 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

Almost all of us know that feeling when you have had so many drinks you can barely walk straight or even walk. This often happens when you are at a bar, nightclub, friend’s home or anywhere that is not your home.

Not so many years ago, people who had too much to drink had only two options: go out and try to find a cab (hoping that they do not get hit by incoming traffic) or, worse, get behind the wheel when intoxicated just to get home.

Luckily, Uber and other ridesharing companies offered an excellent alternative: just whip out your phone (if you have not lost it while partying), open the Uber app, and request a ride. This only requires typing in the pick-up and drop-off addresses (hopefully, you do remember where you are at and where your home is).

In other words, Uber was introduced to the world as a convenient way to get a ride no matter where you are and no matter what condition you are in. So it would make sense if Uber actually reduced the number of DUI arrests and drunk driving accidents, right?

“Well, this is not really the case,” says our Dallas Uber accident attorney from the Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde. Uber itself claims on its website that rideshare companies help “curb drunk driving,” but how true is that?

Researchers say that this statement is not exactly accurate. Statistics show that Uber and other rideshare companies have helped reduce drunk driving only in certain cities, and that this tendency does not apply across the board.

How Uber has affected drunk driving statistics in the U.S.

An independent study, one that was not sponsored by Uber or other rideshare companies, showed rather conflicting results. The study looked into the occurrence of drunk driving accidents in four cities: Las Vegas, Reno, Portland, and San Antonio. According to the study, there was a noticeable decrease in drunk driving accidents in both San Antonio and Portland.

But the same cannot be said about Reno and Las Vegas. In other words, densely-populated cities with high traffic congestion and limited parking did not see a significant decrease in drunk driving since Uber and other rideshare companies were introduced in 2011. But, again, there are many exceptions.

Another study found that since 2011, there was a whopping up to 35 percent reduction in drunk driving accidents in four boroughs of New York City, which has long been known for its problem of drunk driving.

Uber has not solved the problem of drunk driving entirely

“While statistics offer rather conflicting results, it is undeniable that Uber and other ridesharing companies have played a significant role in reducing the number of drunk driving accidents in certain cities in the U.S.,” says our experienced Uber accident attorney in Dallas.

A study by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) found that young people, who are commonly considered the highest risk demographic when it comes to drunk driving, are more likely to request a ride via Uber and recommend Uber to a friend than to get behind the wheel drunk.

The same study also claims that there has been a 6-percent drop in driving under the influence of alcohol accidents in cities where Uber is active. Yes, Uber made a difference in reducing the number of DUIs in many cities across our nation, but it has not solved the problem entirely.

Even though Uber is available to a large percentage of people across Dallas, Texas and our nation, there is still a high risk of getting into an accident involving an intoxicated driver. That is what a Dallas Uber accident attorney at the Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde.

Have you been in an Uber accident or any other accident in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas? Contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation. Call at 214-883-1700 or fill out this contact form.

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