This Week in Rideshare: A Virus, Richie, and Violence.

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Coronavirus puts drivers in a panic, LegalRideshare helps a flamenco guitarist, and drivers at risk of violence. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 2/3/20

As the Coronavirus spreads, so does the panic. Reports are now coming in that Asian passengers are experiencing discrimination from their drivers. CNBC explains:

“One member of a Facebook group with more than 12,000 Lyft and Uber drivers noted that at least five posts per day mention the virus. The member, who shared screenshots with CNBC, said that many drivers were saying they did not want to pick up riders of Asian descent and that it was not safe to do so.”

TUESDAY 2/4/20

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Even after the heated exchange between the mayor of Chicago and Uber in the past, it appears there’s at least a peace treaty on one front. It’s been reported that Uber is contributing $100,000 toward boosting 2020 Census participation. ABC 7 Chicago adds:

“From the beginning, we made it clear that the city’s mobilization efforts would require coordination and partnership with Chicago’s corporate, philanthropic and community organizations, which is why we are grateful Uber will help ensure all our residents are counted,” Lightfoot said.

WEDNESDAY 2/5/20

Richie is a Lyft driver and a flamenco guitarist. Recently, he was involved in an accident that nearly cost him his chance to ever play again.

On Wednesday, we shared a video on how we helped him get the treatment, support and compensation he deserved.

THURSDAY 2/6/20

While a lot of stories cover the dangers of being a passenger in rideshare, The Guardian focused on the driver-side. Bryant Greening of LegalRideshare was interviewed to give his take:

“Crimes against ride-share drivers are grossly underreported. We get calls every day from drivers who have been victimized by passengers. It’s much more common than anybody really understands.”

FRIDAY 2/7/20

It appears Lyft is upping its safety / options game. In a post by Android Central, they indicate the updates coming to the platform:

Lyft will allow passengers to share their location during your ride to ensure you stay on track. This is an important safety feature that should help ease concerns for riders in the future.

LegalRideshare is Chicago’s only law firm dedicated entirely to rideshare car accidents, injuries and insurance claims. Contact us now for a free consultation.

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