Car AccidentsChoosing a Safe Ride for SXSW

March 15, 2017by Aaron Allison

Safe Ride for SXSWSXSW is in full swing, as is Spring Break, so there are going to be a lot of people out on the roads this week. Austin will have many visitors from out of town and the ridesharing industries are prepping for the surge. If you plan on using apps like Fasten or Ride Austin, you should make sure that you are doing so safely. It was not that long ago when we drilled into our children’s minds the advice to never get into a vehicle with a stranger. Now, we have apps to call strangers to our homes to pick us up. While most rideshares happen without incident, you are risking a lot when you climb into a stranger’s vehicle. Here are some tips to make sure you are ridesharing safely so you can enjoy your Spring Break and SXSW:

  • Only book rides with transportation network companies that are city approved.
  • Make sure that, before you get into a car, the car has a trade dress visible in the windshield. This is a city of Austin requirement. Usually, you’ll see a logo for the ridesharing company that you are using.
  • Confirm the driver and car. Some ridesharing apps provide this information to you before your ride arrives – make sure it is accurate.
  • Check the driver’s rating.
  • While ridesharing is often used as an alternative to drunk driving, don’t drink too much.
  • Rideshare with friends. There’s safety in numbers.
  • Pick a public place for your pick up and your drop off.
  • Prepare for emergencies, just in case. Make sure your phone is fully charged, write down important phone numbers and keep a credit card on hand.

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Aaron Allison

Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.