March 3, 2016

Uber is an app-based driving service that allows people to call someone else to pick them up and lets them pay with a credit card, all from their phone. It’s very popular with those who go out to the bar, have a bit too much to drink, and know they should find a safe ride home. In fact, Uber has stated, along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, that they help to lessen the amount of drunk driving incidents across the United States.

But what if you get an Uber driver who is also drunk? Is this something that could realistically happen?

According to one woman, it definitely can. She claims that she called an Uber driver who turned out to be the same person who was at a party with her. She’d says she had seen him drinking wine and smoking a joint at the party. He showed up to get her, and she says she had to make him stop so she could get out of the car.

The woman says that she contacted the company. She says she also found that a lot of other people had complained about the same thing. However, she learned that most people never went to the police. She also said that the company, which has a policy saying that drivers can never use alcohol while working, gave vouchers to those who complained.

If you are injured in an accident with a drunk Uber driver, the case could be very complicated, as Uber drivers are contract workers and not employees, Therefore, it is very important for you to know all of the legal steps you’re going to need to take to seek compensation in Pennsylvania.

Source: Observer, “Uber — They Drive Drunk So You Don’t Have To,” Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, accessed March 04, 2016