Posted By The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, P.C. Posted in: Rideshare Accident.
Requesting a ride via a ridesharing app such as Uber or Lyft is not the safest way to arrive at your destination, after all. Did you know that a significant percentage of ridesharing vehicles registered with Uber and Lyft have unfixed recalls, defective parts and components, and other major safety issues? Well, now you do.
These major safety issues put rideshare passengers at risk of Lyft and Uber accidents and injuries. “But what can I do about it?” you may be wondering. That’s a good question, because, by the looks of it, it is practically impossible to tell if your ridesharing vehicle has any safety issues.
“Your eyes do not necessarily have to be equipped with some super advanced laser technology that can see through the vehicle to detect any defective parts and safety issues, as there is actually an app that does it for you,” says our Chula Vista ridesharing accident attorney at The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, P.C.
An investigation by CARFAX detected millions of unsafe cars on the streets and roadways of California, a significant number of which are registered with ridesharing giants Uber and Lyft. These safety issues range from minor to extremely serious defects, which put millions of drivers and their passengers at risk of getting injured.
If you are riding with Uber or Lyft, this is especially troubling considering that seeking compensation after a ridesharing accident in Chula Vista and elsewhere in California is not always as straightforward as in the case of a car crash involving your own vehicle.
“Okay, I should seriously consider giving up my habit of riding with Uber and Lyft, and, instead, hop on public transportation or a bicycle,” these are probably your thoughts right now. And while the data by CARFAX is indeed disturbing and makes you mull over the idea of getting a bicycle, there is actually a way to ensure your safety when riding with Uber or Lyft.
That is because CARFAX has its own application that tracks recalls. All you need is to download the app onto your phone and then enter a vehicle’s tag number, which is connected to the vehicle’s VIN number. Then, you should be able to see information about your ridesharing vehicle, including its maintenance records, repairs, and recalls.
If a ridesharing vehicle shows up in the system and you see that it has not been properly maintained for several years and/or some of its components are defective or recalled, it is definitely a red flag. However, in no way does it mean that you are guaranteed to get into a car crash if you choose to disregard the information provided in the CARFAX app and get into a vehicle with safety issues. All it means is that there is an increased risk of getting into an accident, and this is a risk you can – and should – avoid by requesting another, safer vehicle.
“One cannot be too careful,” says our experienced ridesharing accident attorney in Chula Vista. “You should take these recalls more seriously, as the longer defective or recalled vehicles remain on the roads in California, the more passengers and drivers are at risk of injuries and fatalities.”
In case you are wondering, these safety issues range from defective airbags that explode for no reason and cause serious injury to the driver and passengers to faulty braking systems and defective tires.
Time and time again, it has been shown that Uber and Lyft are not always capable of properly inspecting and vetting their ridesharing vehicles. There are just too many of them to keep track of, which is why ridesharing accidents caused by safety issues and defects do happen. If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident and the vehicle had any defects or recalls, as shown on the CARFAX app, your chances of proving the ride-hailing company’s fault increase tenfold.
Get a free consultation from our Chula Vista ridesharing accident attorney at The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, P.C. You deserve to know the truth about the dangerous vehicles registered with Uber and Lyft. Call our offices at 619-577-4077 to speak about your case.