Uber has proven it is a convenient and reliable source of transportation. However, safety has always been a concern. Many Uber drivers are involved in traffic crashes because they are distracted by the passengers or their mobile device they rely on to drive for Uber. Uber has also hired many drivers that have criminal histories that are a cause for concern. [Click here for the previous article] Last week Colorado fined Uber $8,900,000.00 for violating driver qualification laws.[Click here to read article].
The fines are a result of Uber hiring 57 drivers with criminal convictions that should have disqualified them from working. Some of the questionable drivers had felony convictions that should have disqualified them. Hiring drivers with felony convictions or other disqualifying theft related or assault convictions puts passengers at risk. It also violated Colorado's laws, resulting in the fines.
Although the State of Oregon has yet to audit Uber. Uber drivers have done some terrifying things here here in Oregon. There are instances of Uber drivers being involved in road rage, stalking, and assault in Oregon. Allowing a convicted felon to act as an Uber driver may increase the likelihood that driver will be involved in illegal activity. If a driver is involved in unlawful activity Uber should be held accountable for all of the victim's losses.
If you, or someone you know, are involved in an incident with an Uber or other rideshare driver please call Portland Oregon Attorney, Jeremiah Ross for your free case evaluation. Call Ross Law PDX at 503.224.1658 to discuss how the Uber driver and Uber can be held accountable. Please remember this post is for advertising purposes. Also, this post does not create an attorney client relationship.