Unknowingly getting into the car with a drunk driver can be a very scary experience—especially if you hire that driver to pick you up!
When you order a ride using a rideshare app, the last thing you want to worry about is getting into the car with someone who’s drunk. After all, you may have called the driver after having a few too many on Honky Tonk Row.
These are some signs that your driver is intoxicated:
- The driver is swerving
- The driver’s speech is slurred
- The driver’s eyes are bloodshot and/or glossy
- The driver is going too fast or too slow for the road conditions
- The driver has trouble focusing on the road
If you’re ever faced with such an unthinkable situation, here’s what you should do:
Stop the Ride
If you notice your driver is intoxicated, the first thing you should do is ask them to pull over and end the ride. You can do this discreetly without alarming the driver or letting them know that you think they’re intoxicated.
Call the Authorities
As soon as you get out of the vehicle, call 911. Tell them what happened and provide a detailed description of the driver and their vehicle.
Report the Driver
It’s critical that you report the driver to Uber or Lyft (or whoever else they’re driving for). The last thing you want is for the driver to pick up another unsuspecting ride-goer and harm them in an accident.
If You’ve Been Hurt, We Can Help
If you’ve been injured in a car accident because your rideshare driver was intoxicated, you may be able to recover compensation. Our skilled attorney, Patrick Witherington, has helped many others in similar situations, and he may be able to help you, too. Don’t delay—contact our team right away with the details of your case.