Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber changed the game when they became transportation options for commuters. Instead of having to drive oneself or rely on public transit schedules or call for an expensive taxicab, people could now tap on an app and in minutes, have a car pull up ready to drive them where they wanted to go. However, although Lyft and other rideshare apps have been revolutionary, using these services is not without some risks. Any driver, even one with a sparkling clean driving record, can get into an accident, resulting in passenger injury or even death. If you were hurt in a rideshare accident and need a Lyft accident lawyer, contact Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. to talk about the possibility of taking legal action in civil court.
The usual entities that tabulate data on traffic accident fatalities and injuries (such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or the Department of Transportation) have begun to record rideshare-specific traffic incidents. However, the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) noticed this lack of reporting and decided to step in. On their Who’s Driving You? website, the TLPA has been tracking Lyft and other rideshare-related incidents, revealing some startling findings. For example, more than 50 people have died while using Lyft and other ridesharing services, although it should be noted that several of these deaths were due to alleged homicide or manslaughter and not traffic collisions. In that same vein, the TLPA also reported that more than 100 alleged incidences of assault have taken place since Uber and Lyft began offering rideshare services to the public. Using rideshare apps can be a risky practice, and not only because of car crashes.
When a media outlet revealed that some rideshare drivers were convicted felons, there was an outcry from the public. Although rideshare companies vigorously screen the contractors they hire on to be their drivers in terms of demanding a clean driving record, this demand apparently did not also apply to criminal records. The general public expressed some concern over convicted criminals being hired on to drive people from place to place, especially given the various and numerous allegations of assault—including sexual assault—against Uber and Lyft drivers over the past few years.
If you need a Lyft accident lawyer in Lee’s Summit, the attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. can help. We have extensive experience—more than 40 years—in the personal injury litigation arena, and we want to put our know-how to work for you. As an accident victim, you could be entitled to receive monetary compensation from the party that was liable for causing your injuries, and as your legal advocates, we will push to get you every last dime you deserve. Our work is done on a fee-contingency basis, so you do not pay attorney’s fees until we have successfully resolved your legal case. Call today for a free case assessment.
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