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Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Indirectly Encouraged to Ignore Traffic Laws?

Published on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:33 pm in Rideshare Lawsuits.

While rideshare companies offer useful services to people who are looking for a quick, efficient, and fairly inexpensive form of travel, there are negligent drivers that put passengers at risk. Any driver, whether they’re working for a rideshare company or not, can be reckless behind the wheel. Based on how rideshare companies work, however, it’s important to question if the systems indirectly encourage drivers to ignore or break traffic laws.

The Flaws of the Rideshare System

Uber and Lyft work in a similar way, and the system is fairly simple. Smartphones connect drivers with riders. When a person requests a ride, a nearby driver can accept the request. The rider is given an estimated time of arrival and is notified when their driver arrives. When the rider enters the vehicle, the driver will confirm the drop-off point and start the ride. Once the car reaches the destination, the rider exits and they are automatically charged for the fare on the preferred payment method. Some cities give riders the option to pay cash. When the trip ends, both parties are asked to rate each other.

Lawsuit Against Uber for Passengers Who Were Kicked Out in Illinois

Published on Jan 9, 2019 at 1:23 pm in Rideshare Lawsuits.

In late December 2018, a lawsuit involving people who were injured after an Uber driver made them leave the car in a dangerous area was brought back by an appellate court in Illinois. They decided that the driver could have reasonably foreseen that the couple could have been injured by a speeding car.

The panel was made up of three judges. They decided that the Uber driver Farid Kessanti and other people involved acted negligently when the Uber passengers Sean Kramer and Jasmine Vega were left in a poorly lit area. The area also had bars and likely had people who weren’t sober, and the Uber driver could have seen that a car collision could possibly happen. The panel brought back this claim because of the context where the passengers were left.

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