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.