Were you struck by a drunk driver? Did someone slam into your vehicle and flee…
The transportation industry isn’t the only thing being disrupted by ride sharing companies like Lyft. Sadly, many innocent people have had their happy lives disrupted due to lax oversight and downright negligence on the part of these companies and the drivers they employ.
Just ask Clayton Edwards of Round Rock, Texas. On the eve of his wedding, the night of his rehearsal dinner, which should have been one of the happiest nights of his life, Clayton was in an Uber along with his parents, sister, and sister’s fiance when the driver of their car made an ill-advised turn into oncoming traffic.
Clayton’s mother and sister lost their lives.
“That was a night that will live with me forever,” he says now. Can you imagine?
Now, you may ask, what does this have to do with Lyft, if the family was riding in an Uber at the time of the accident?
Well, like so many drivers in the ride-sharing economy, this individual was working for two companies at the same time. As he was driving for Uber, with the lives of the Edwards family in his hands, he was simultaneously checking his Lyft app to set up his next ride. According to a lawsuit filed against Lyft by the Edwards family, it was this moment of distraction that caused the accident that took the lives of Clayton’s mother and sister.
If you’re thinking that, as sad as this story is, it’s just an anomaly, that it can’t happen to you, just remember that there is nothing anomalous about an Uber or Lyft driver constantly checking their app while driving.
In fact, this type of behavior is an inherent aspect of the Uber/Lyft business model. In a nutshell, distracted driving is built into the Uber and Lyft systems.
And yet these ride-sharing companies continue to try and deny their rightful responsibility as stewards of public safety.
When 24-year-old Shane Holland was killed in 2014 after his Lyft driver lost control of his car, Lyft claimed no liability on grounds that the driver was an independent contractor.
How convenient. Of course, all Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors. So by that logic, these companies should have no responsibility whatsoever for the competence and performance of their drivers.
What about the Lyft driver who allegedly showed up drunk to pick up Lisa Hite and Teri Cortines at ten o’clock in the morning?
Is it just us or do you think maybe a customer should have a reasonable expectation when they call Lyft at ten in the morning that their driver will not show up drunk?
If Lyft is going to hold themselves up as the rational and safe alternative for those seeking transportation, then they must be prepared to accept responsibility when this trust is shattered. And if they do not willingly accept this responsibility, then our Lyft lawsuit lawyers at Kristensen LLP will hold their feet to the fire.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any way by an accident involving Lyft, whether you were a passenger or a pedestrian, whether you were in the Lyft vehicle or another vehicle, whether the Lyft driver was at fault or not, contact our Lyft lawsuit lawyers today at 310-984-1297 or fill out an intake form at our contact page for a no-cost assessment of your case.