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You need a ride and you’re a pretty cool person, so you know that the thing to do today is to call Uber or Lyft, and not a taxi. But do you know what to do to stay safe and make sure you don’t get spirited away by a stranger?
Last week a celebrity daughter made headlines by posting her account of an attempted Uber pick-up in LA that was a fake, according to The Daily Mail. The child of Clerks and Dogma creator, Kevin Smith, received a consolation cake from her director dad for having to experience the trauma of almost getting in the wrong car. Here’s what safety experts told USA Today about what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation (minus the baked goods).
4 Tips for Uber Safety
Although no one will give you a cake when you save yourself, do take a page from young Ms. Smith's book. She refused to get in a car with an unknown driver, and was right. The driver who wanted to take her was not her ride. Now Smith is safe, and very much alive, able to tell us all about her troubles on Instagram.
Talk to a Lawyer
If you are a rider or driver and were injured in a ride-share service setting or elsewhere, speak to a lawyer. Many attorneys consult for free or no fee and will be happy to speak to you and help you determine if you have a claim.