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Generally speaking, almost everyone has used a taxi or ride share service at some point in their life. Whether it’s your go-to mode of transportation or you only use these services when visiting a new city, spending a night out or when your vehicle is in the shop, chances are you’ve taken a taxi or an Uber at one time or another.

While taxi and ride share services are an extremely convenient way to get from Point A to Point B, they can reinforce some bad pedestrian habits. For example, think back to the last time you tried to hail down a cab on a busy night. Did you stay on the sidewalk or step out onto the road? When the cab pulled up, did you wait for it to make a complete stop and assess your surroundings before stepping off of the curb? In many circumstances, taxi and ride share patrons forget to use this kind of caution when trying to catch the attention of their taxi or Uber driver.

These bad pedestrian habits aren’t practiced by everyone but, they are exercised by more people than you might think. Just take sporting event, for example. On a winter night just after a major intersection outside of Knightsthe game has ended, you can find a swarm of people looking for a taxi or an Uber. When there’s more people looking for these services than there are drivers and cabs available, you may see people throwing caution to the wind just to catch a quick ride.

To help reinforce pedestrian safety on our city streets, we’ve put together this helpful list of tips for safely using taxi and ride share services.

When Hailing a Taxi or Uber

When hailing a taxi or waiting for your Uber driver, be sure to:

  • Wait on the sidewalk for your driver to arrive
  • Never step out onto the road to hail down a taxi or driver
  • If the vehicle is going in the opposite direction of you, wait until it turns around and comes to you – don’t run across the street to catch the vehicle

When Entering a Taxi or Uber

Once you’re taxi or Uber driver has identified your location and has pulled up to meet you, remember to:

  • Wait for the taxi or Uber to make a complete stop before entering the vehicle
  • Make eye contact with the driver to ensure he/she sees you
  • Look both ways and analyze your surrounding before entering the vehicle
  • Always ensure you are getting into a marked vehicle that you know to be a licenced taxi or Uber

When Exiting a Taxi or Uber

When exiting a taxi or an Uber always:

  • Look out the back window for oncoming traffic or cyclists before opening the door
  • If possible, exit on the side of the vehicle facing the sidewalk
  • If exiting on the side closest to the street, make your way to the sidewalk immediately after exiting

Pedestrian-Motorist Collisions

When we take a taxi or Uber ride, we always expect to get home safely. However if bad pedestrian habits are practiced when hailing, entering and or exiting a taxi or ride share vehicle, it can often cause serious and even life-threatening injuries. Always remember to exercise caution when using a taxi or ride share service, no matter how busy your surroundings are or how quickly you want to get home.

If Injured in a Pedestrian-Motorist Collision

If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian-motorist collision while hailing, entering or exiting a taxi or ride share service, our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Harrison Pensa today by phone at 1-855-744-9228 or by email at personalinjurygroup@harrisonpensa.com to get started with your free consultation.

A word from our clients

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"My wife was involved in a very serious motor vehicle collision several years ago, and luckily she survived, but unfortunately she suffered some injuries."
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January 8, 2016

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