Using ridesharing apps like Lyft and Uber can be a convenient and cost-effective way to travel from one place to another without having to drive yourself or fret over public transit schedules. Many people opt for Lyft in order to have a hired-on designated driver after a night out on the town, and a lot of people thought that the advent of Lyft and other ridesharing services would make the roads that much safer to travel on. However, not all hired drivers—even those with sparkling clean driving records—are immune to being involved in an accident, and some of these drivers have been alleged to have committed violent crimes against their fares. If you were hurt while using a ridesharing service and want to discuss your legal case with a Lyft accident lawyer in Independence, contact Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. to learn more about your available options under the law as the victim of an accident.
Although entities like the Association for Safe International Road Travel and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have not recorded data or released reports related exclusively to Lyft cars or other rideshare vehicles, the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) has been keeping tabs on incidents involving these types of vehicles, including incidences of violence. According to their records, more than 50 people have died while using Lyft, Uber or other rideshare apps. However, this number also includes deaths caused by violence as well as deaths due to vehicle accidents.
Lyft drivers and other rideshare contractors-turned-taxis are, like any other people, individuals. Some of these individuals have been found to have clean driving records, but have criminal pasts. There was an outcry from the media when it was discovered that one rideshare company had hired convicted felons (with good driving records), and the more than 100 alleged rideshare-related assaults reported by the TLPA point to the dangers that may come with taking Lyft beyond a traffic accident.
If you were injured in a Lyft crash, there are a few steps you need to take after the crash:
If you need a Lyft accident lawyer in Independence, the attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. are available for a free consultation. We specialize in handling cases like yours and have more than 40 years of relevant experience in the legal field. Our top priority is helping our clients turn a bad day into a brighter future by pursuing justice in the courts. As an accident victim, you could qualify to recover damages in the form of a cash award. We do not charge any fees until your case has been successfully resolved, and it never costs a penny to contact us for a free case assessment, so call today.
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