On June 1, a Denver Uber driver fatally shot a passenger after an alleged argument, bringing into question just how safe these rideshare services are. According to police, the driver and passenger apparently got involved in an argument before the driver opened fire on I-25 around 3 a.m. The vehicle then veered off the road and crashed into a wall on the highway ramp. The driver, Michael A. Hancock, is being held without bond in a Denver jail and is facing first-degree murder charges. According to a witness, Hancock said the passenger, Hyun Kim, assaulted him while they were driving in the early morning hours of June 1st.
The defendant’s mother says that he has been driving for Uber for several years and works at a youth group home as a counselor during his free time. This particular incident undoubtedly raises concerns about the safety of Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare options. Over the last several years, Uber has become a staple in bustling cities across the globe. Not only does it provide a seemingly safe alternative after a night of drinking, but many people are using these services to reduce their carbon footprint and carpool. In a statement released by Uber, the company said, “We are all deeply troubled by the events in Denver today. Our thoughts are with the families of those involved. The driver’s access to the app has been removed, and we will continue working closely with police.” Sadly, this is not the only troublesome incident for Uber in Colorado. In April, a Denver law professor took to Twitter to describe how her Uber driver told her he was going to take her to a hotel instead of her destination. When stopped at a light, the passenger started screaming and pounding on the windows until construction workers noticed and the driver unlocked the doors to let her out.
How Safe is Uber?
The ridesharing phenomenon has made getting from point A to point B much easier, and it has also provided thousands of people with a new source of income. However, as with any new industry, we are learning a lot and it has not been without missteps. Contrary to popular belief, Uber drivers and cars are not devoid of controversy or accidents. We assume that we will get home safely when we get into an Uber, not be involved in an accident or fatally shot by the driver.
This is why it is imperative you have your wits about you and take proper measures to stay safe when in an Uber. Pay attention to your surroundings, make sure someone knows you have taken an Uber, and check in with friends or family during your ride and when you are home. If you have an uneasy feeling about a driver or ride, trust your instinct and get out of the car. You can never be too careful. If you have been involved in an Uber accident or incident of any kind, please contact Shamieh Law today. Our Dallas lawyers are leaders in defending people who have been in an Uber accident and we are prepared to do the same for you. Please give us a call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Lake Charles accident attorneys.