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Uber car in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, on March 24, 2020. Photo by Diego Radzinschi/ALM

From the moment Uber launched as the first ride-hailing company, it has been surrounded by controversy. It has been quite a start to 2021 for Uber with issues in the United States and the United Kingdom poised to make a permanent mark on Uber itself and on all ride-hailing companies who share a similar business model.

Beginning here in the United States, when a driver gets behind the wheel of an Uber or Lyft, he is placing the same trust in the company as we all do when we get in the backseat. We assume that these ride-hailing companies are doing at least the absolute minimum to keep us safe.

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