Atlanta, GA- People love Uber! It’s convenient, the cars are usually cleaner and you can easily conjure up a ride with a few taps on your cell phone. But Uber is far from perfect and the more cities this service rolls out to, the more troubles their drivers are going to get into, like an Uber driver in Minneapolis.
BGR reports that on January 15th, a Virginia man was riding to the airport when his Uber driver got into a minor fender-bender. Shortly into the ride, the Uber driver was making an abrupt lane change and managed to strike a police car.
Of course, police pulled the Uber driver over. During the course of the traffic stop police asked the driver if they could look into his glove box. He consented and that’s when police found a container of marijuana which the driver claimed was not his, but that didn’t stop him from getting arrested.
Thankfully for the passenger, the Uber driver called a friend who was a cab driver and got him to the airport so he could make his flight. BGR reports that Uber fired the driver and gave his passenger a refund.
This was a minor accident, there have been worse accidents involving Uber drivers. On January 6th, an Uber driver in New York struck two pedestrians, killing one and causing major injuries to another.
According to the Business Insider, a 45 year-old Uber driver was on his way to pick up a passenger when he struck two pedestrians as they crossed the street at E. 62nd Street at Lexington Avenue. That driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with police but has not been charged
In response to the incident, Uber suspended the driver and noted that he had a very good record with the company, making 1,200 trips with no incident. Between the accidents, and sexual assaults, Uber and other ride-share services have been getting a great deal of criticism lately.
To critics of Uber, Lyft and other ride-share services, these accidents and the pot incident cause some alarm and require action. Unlike taxi drivers, individuals driving for Uber don’t have to pass criminal background checks. Atlanta accident attorneys are concerned drivers for these companies are not carrying enough insurance. And these ride-share services are able to dodge all the regulations limousine and taxi services must follow, something Georgia lawmakers are trying to change.
In late December, state lawmakers introduced a set of regulations they would like to see Uber and similar services follow. The proposed law would require Uber drivers to pass intensive background checks, carrying larger amounts of auto insurance and pass regular vehicle inspections.
Uber said they don’t object to following regulations, but said their drivers already meet high standards set by the company.
If you have been involved in accident with an Uber driver or other ride-share service, you should contact an Atlanta accident attorney immediately. With their assistance, you can secure an accident settlement that will cover your accident-related costs and compensate you for your troubles.

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