South Carolina just became the latest state to pass stricter laws governing ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, following the gruesome murder of college student Samantha Josephson in March.
Josephson mistakenly got into a car that she thought was her Uber outside a bar in Columbia's Five Points area. She was found dead less than 12 hours later of what police said were "multiple sharp force injuries" to her entire body. Nathaniel Rowland, 24, has been arrested and charged with murder and kidnapping in her death.
The new state law, known as the Samantha Josephson Ridesharing Safety Act, requires drivers for ridesharing services to have their license plate numbers displayed on the front of their vehicles.
Josephson's parents have launched the 'What's My Name?' initiative to encourage rideshare users to make drivers state the name of the person they are supposed to be picking up before the passenger gets in the car. They hope it will prevent similar tragedies in the future.
In addition, to carefully checking the license plate and asking the driver to state your name, here are other steps you can take to stay safe while ridesharing.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident during a rideshare trip. Or, you have been hurt by a negligent or abusive rideshare driver, contact the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Marks Law Group, LLC. Call or text (678) 251-9309 and we will meet you right away.