When you’re tired, the worst thing you can possibly do is drive a vehicle.
However, for Uber drivers working long hours and taking extra shifts, becoming fatigued is inevitable. Anyone who has ever taken an Uber before will probably know, a tired driver is a scary thing. When your life is in danger, you will do just about anything to protect it…
Corey Robinson, 43, from Philadelphia worked part-time as a plumber. He wanted to make extra money, so he started working as an Uber driver in December 2016. Since starting with the company, he received mainly good reviews and very few bad ones.
Request For A Pick-Up
In the middle of the night one night, Corey received an alert from his Uber app from a passenger who wanted a ride from Philadelphia to Herkimer, New York. After googling the destination, Corey learned the drive would take 5 hours and they wouldn’t arrive until about 7:30 a.m.
Being that Corey took this job in the first place to make additional money, he accepted the drive and was on his way to pick up a man named Juan Carlos. Corey picked up Carlos and after chitchatting, he learned he was 20-years-old and was going to college in upstate Herkimer.
Too Tired To Drive
About two hours into the drive in Corey’s 2016 Hyundai Sonata, Corey started to get really tired. He began swerving on the road and Carlos was getting scared for his life…
Before Carlos could say anything, Corey politely asked Carlos if he would mind driving. It would only be for an hour and Corey could get some rest and recharge before getting back behind the wheel.
Valid Driver’s License?
Carlos agreed as he did not want to risk getting into a car accident with Corey driving. But, before handing him the keys, Corey asked Carlos to show him his driver’s license, which he did. Corey then got in the backseat, breathed a sigh of relief, and they drove off…
How Fast Was He Going?
Corey slept for a good hour before he was woken up to the sound of the car’s engine. It was clear the car was going really fast, and Corey felt like the car “was leaving the ground.”
Police On Their Tail
Then Corey turned around and realized the cops were chasing them! Corey told Carlos to slow down, but he continued speeding 86 mph in a 65 mph zone. He knew they were in trouble…
Refusing To Slow Down
The State troopers attempted to stop the car, but Carlos gunned it instead, speeding north on the interstate. “I kept telling him to ’stop the car, stop the car’… and he said he was going to stop, but then he sped up.”
Carlos was eventually able to lose the cops but soon plowed the car into a guardrail in the Town of Colesville. Corey was in disbelief but also in a lot of pain when he looked at his shoulder…
Corey was rushed to the hospital for his injured shoulder and Carlos went along too for his injuries. Both men were in pretty bad shape but it was a miracle they survived the ordeal. Corey’s car, on the other hand, was completely totaled.
After recovering at the hospital, both men were taken into custody. Having a full-on high-speed car chase with the cops was not something that they were going to get away with. First, the cops spoke to Corey…
Corey explained that he was a registered Uber driver and that he asked Carlos to drive since he was exhausted. While this is not something that Uber drivers typically do, Corey emphasized that he had no idea what Carlos was going to do.
Regretting His Choices
He regretted letting Carlos behind the wheel, saying, “I’m so sorry I did it.” Carlos, however, showed no remorse and Corey even spotted him laughing after the crash. Corey even told Carlos that in agreeing to take the wheel, he became a “servant or agent” of Uber.
Uber of course immediately suspended Corey, and Carlos was facing serious charges. Not only was he driving without a license (despite what he told Corey) but he fled a police officer!
While Corey was released without charges, Carlos was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third-degree, driving without a license and several other traffic violations. Corey blamed the entire ordeal on Carlos…
While Carlos out-ran cops and crashed the car, Corey was the one who allowed him to drive the car! Carlos isn’t even allowed to drive an Uber because the minimum age requirement is 21.
While the case is still being investigated, Corey’s Uber license is restricted, and Uber is still sticking to their original policy. While other companies such as Lyft shuts off its app after drivers have been on the road for 14 hours, and doesn’t let drivers back on for six hours, Uber does not have such a policy.
Uber believes that even if they limited their hours, drivers could easily switch to working for Lyft when their Uber hours are up. Uber says that people should be responsible enough to take themselves off the road when they feel they’ve reached their limit. “No one wants to die for $8 an hour,” Uber spokeswoman Lindsey said.
Uber furthermore says that it investigates reports of fatigued drivers and takes “appropriate actions” in response, like with Corey’s case. The company also sends in-app notifications to drivers in some cities reminding them about the importance of taking breaks and getting rest.