Concern About Recalls on Uber, Lyft, and Taxi Vehicles Underscores the Need for Extra Caution, says Lalezary Law Firm, LLP

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Commenting on a recent article, the Beverly Hills-based personal injury legal specialists note that passengers should be alert when entering a ridesharing vehicle or taxi.

1 in 3 ridesharing vehicles and taxis are believed to be in need of recall repairs.

This report should raise some concerns among the increasing number of individuals who take advantage of ride sharing services on a regular basis.

A November 21 article on WTSP.com describes a joint investigation between Cars.com and local television stations inquiring into ridesharing and taxi vehicles which have been subject to a federally mandated recall. The investigation found that there is a roughly one-in-three chance that any such vehicle may have some needed work that has been left unperformed, and these alternations can range from the very minor to the truly dangerous. Personal injury specialists Lalezary Law Firm, LLP note that this report should raise some concerns among the increasing number of individuals who take advantage of ride sharing services on a regular basis. They add that, while it is probably not possible to ensure that every vehicle you step into is completely safe, there are a few simple steps that can help the public to reduce their chances of an injury.

1. Look before entering a strange vehicle. While it might not always be possible to detect subtle mechanical issues when entering an Uber or Lyft rideshare or cab, Lalezary Law Firm notes that it’s often possible to spot more obvious problems. Does anything look unusual, inside or outside the vehicle? Are there any strange odors, such as gasoline fumes? Do the tires look to be properly inflated? Once a passenger gets in, he or she should remember to use a seatbelt, adds the personal injury attorney firm.

2. Greet the driver…before getting inside. Lalezary Law Firm notes that the vast majority of Uber, Lyft, and taxi drivers are responsible, thoroughly decent law-abiding individuals who are typically trying to earn extra money to pay bills or finance their education. Even so, there are always a few of the proverbial bad apples, and even very decent people may sometimes push themselves too hard and be dangerously fatigued. That’s why it’s a good idea for passengers to say hello and give themselves a second to take a good look at the driver. Does he or she look excessively tired or nervous? Are there any signs of possible intoxication? Most Uber and Lyft drivers, in particular, will work hard to make passengers feel welcome; it’s important to make sure that it’s a convincing welcome, says the Lalezary Law Firm.

Lalezary Law Firm concludes by noting that a ridesharing or taxi customer always retains the right to refuse to get inside a vehicle. If an individual has any serious concerns, there’s absolutely nothing stopping him or her from simply saying “no, thank you” and going elsewhere for a ride.

Anyone with questions about personal injury law may contact the Lalezary Law Firm, LLP at 888-852-4802 or visit the firm’s website at http://www.bhfirm.com.

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