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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.

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