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Two Passengers Sue Lyft for 2019 Crash in Burbank

Published on May 18, 2020 at 7:17 am in Lyft Accidents.

Two Lyft passengers are suing the ride-hailing company for a “harrowing” ride by a driver who ignored their demands to let them out of the vehicle before striking another car. The lawsuit, which was filed on May 15, 2020, in Los Angeles Superior Court, is alleging reckless endangerment, negligence, and intentional and negligent misrepresentation. Both passengers are seeking unspecified damages.

On December 19, 2019, Ryan Larson and Matt Hinerfeld used the Lyft app before 7 p.m. to get a ride to Hinerfeld’s work-sponsored Christmas party. When the driver arrived, the two passengers noticed the smell of tobacco and another unidentifiable odor—later believed to be alcohol. The driver appeared to be slurring his words; but because of Lyft’s zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol, the two assumed the driver’s speech was related to a medical condition.

California Court Deems Lyft Not Liable for Driver’s Off-Platform Accident

Published on May 12, 2020 at 7:15 am in Lyft Accidents.

On May 1, 2020, a California appellate court upheld a win for Lyft in a lawsuit brought by two people who were injured in a collision with a Lyft driver. At the time of the accident, the Lyft driver was driving home from a separate job. The vehicle they were driving was rented as part of a Lyft program.

According to the First District Court of Appeal, Lyft could not be held liable under the doctrine of respondeat superior. This doctrine specifies that employers can only be held legally responsible for the actions of their employees when they are committed with the scope of employment.

Lyft Vehicle Involved in Accident with Ambulance in Poughkeepsie

Published on Feb 5, 2020 at 1:42 pm in Lyft Accidents.

On January 31, 2020, a Lyft vehicle carrying five people, four passengers and the driver, and an ambulance, responding to an incident at the Poughkeepsie, NY train station, collided at the intersection of Mill and North Bridge Streets. Several people were sent to the local hospital with injuries.

According to the Mid-Hudson News Network, the crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. The Mobile Life Support Services (MLSS) ambulance was responding to a call at the train station for a person experiencing leg pain. While en route, the ambulance collided with the Lyft. The ambulance was operating its lights and siren at the time of the wreck.

Why Do Lyft Accidents Seem Less Common Than Uber Accidents?

Published on Mar 28, 2019 at 2:59 pm in Lyft Accidents.

When you’re planning on using a rideshare service, everyone has a different method of choosing. You may be loyal to a specific company because you like their app or it’s what you’ve always used. Or, you might bounce back and forth in order to find the best deal. Regardless of whether you choose Lyft or Uber, it’s likely you’re aware of the possible dangers of getting into a car with a rideshare driver – as stories are all over the news.

You may have noticed that Uber accidents seem more common than crashes involving Lyft vehicles. A number of factors affect how these companies are portrayed in the media and why people are more aware of Uber wrecks. It’s important to note, however, that Uber and Lyft have not released data for accident rates, so it’s difficult to determine just how frequently rideshare accidents occur.

How Can Lyft Better Protect its Riders?

Published on Jul 12, 2018 at 12:43 pm in Lyft Accidents.

On-demand transportation provides a simple convenience for people in need of a ride. Whether you forgot your umbrella and need a ride home from work in the rain or are going out with friends and plan on drinking, services like Lyft strive to get you from point A to point B as efficiently and safely as possible. But with national news of assaults, accidents, and even deaths while using rideshare companies, there must be more Lyft can do to protect riders.

Lyft Accidents and Incidents

In 2017, over 40 incidents were reported by riders using Lyft. These numbers are of incidents related specifically to Lyft. Uber and other ridesharing services are not included.

There were two deaths, seven alleged assaults, 13 alleged sexual assaults, two kidnappings, one report of a felon driving for Lyft, four reports of imposter drivers, and an unknown number of miscellaneous reports.