A 48-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident jumped out of a window of a Lyft car on Interstate 95. The incident happened on September 7, 2020. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was hit by an oncoming car.
At approximately 8:15 p.m., the Lyft passenger jumped out of the black Chevrolet he was traveling in—just south of Hallandale Beach Boulevard. The driver who hit him in a sedan did not stop and the man fell into the right lane.
The victim has not been identified, but it was confirmed he later died after being taken to Aventura Hospital. This unusual incident is being investigated as a fatal hit-and-run. Authorities are uncertain as to why the man jumped out of the moving vehicle.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Florida Highway Patrol did not respond to questions about the incident, but a spokesperson from Lyft sent an email with the following statement: “Our hearts go out to the families and loved one affected by this tragedy. We have reached out to the driver and the rider’s family, and stand ready to assist law enforcement in any investigation.”
This is not the first rideshare incident to happen in Florida this year. In fact, there have been a number of accidents and attacks. For example, nearly a month ago, a Lyft rider was accused of attacking and spitting on a passenger near Palm Coast. In March of this year, a Florida Uber driver killed a passenger after an accident that resulted from intoxication.
If you’ve been involved in a Lyft accident or know someone who was, you may be able to pursue legal action in the event the driver contributed to your injuries. Doing so could grant you the compensation you need to recover physically, emotionally, and financially.
Pursuing a claim against a rideshare company can be challenging, which is why it’s best to work with an experienced law firm. The Rideshare Law Group is dedicated to helping injured rideshare customers all over the country. Contact us today to learn more. We’ll schedule a free case evaluation and help you determine how best to proceed based on your unique circumstances.