Need a Ride?

A few weekends ago while visiting my daughter at Ohio State University, I was struck by the large number of students I watched climb into the backseat of cars driven by Uber and Lyft drivers.

For many students, rideshare is their main form of transportation; first-year students who live on campus aren't even permitted to have a car. For others, it's an easy way to get around Columbus. It's also more affordable than owning, insuring, and maintaining a car.

But as a father and personal injury attorney, when I think about young people riding in a vehicle driven by a stranger, what comes to mind is ensuring their safety.

If you have a family member who is new to using a shared driver service, please make sure they take precautions every time they request a ride. Here are a few suggestions I've shared with my daughter:

  • Confirm that the make and model of the car that arrives matches the one assigned on the app
  • Ask the driver, "Who are you here to pick up?" vs. giving out your name first
  • Tell your friends what your trip plans are so if they are supposed to see you in a certain amount of time and don't, they know to check on you
  • Only communicate with the driver using the app
  • If you aren't feeling well, don't ride alone

Finally, go with your gut. If something about the driver or car doesn't seem right, don't get in the car. You can always cancel it and order a new one.

As always, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe!
Scott Lane
Phone: 312-332-1400
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If you or someone you care about has been injured by someone else's negligence or fault,
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