Lyft and other ridesharing apps changed the way people get around. People felt that ridesharing services offered them more freedom to choose among more commuting options. Prior to the advent of Lyft, Uber and similar companies offering their services to the public, options were more limited, and people living in certain areas felt pigeonholed into having to drive themselves if they ever wanted to go anywhere. With Lyft, these people were given a cost-effective alternative to having to get behind the wheel themselves. However, the cost of added convenience is sometimes added risk, and even the best Lyft drivers could end up in an accident no matter how clean their driving records are. If you or someone you care about were hurt in a ridesharing accident, contact a Lyft accident lawyer in Olathe at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. to discuss your legal options as an accident victim. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
Although the American Journal of Epidemiology reported in 2016 that deploying ridesharing services in metropolitan areas did not appear to have any significant impact on traffic accident-related fatalities, the records being kept by the Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association (TLPA) would seem to indicate otherwise. According to the TLPA, more than 50 deaths have occurred to people using ridesharing services like Lyft, although this number does reflect victims of violent crime as well as people killed in road crashes.
Utilizing the Lyft app, although incredibly convenient, can also be hazardous. Although Lyft screens their drivers’ driving records and has a standard for hiring only those individuals with clean driving records, even good drivers can still be involved in auto accidents. However, not all risks related to Lyft are specific to traffic collisions. The TLPA reports that more than 100 incidents of assault are alleged to have taken place since Uber and Lyft went into business, and an even greater number of sexual assaults have been alleged. When you take a ride from a stranger—even a stranger with a great driving record—you run the risk of that person’s behavior being unpredictable, which could result in injury or even death.
If you were injured in a ridesharing accident, contact a Lyft accident lawyer in Olathe at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. Our experienced personal injury attorneys specialize in handling cases like yours and are dedicated to helping you turn a bad day into a brighter future. We want to help you fight for what you deserve as an accident victim. You may be entitled to recover damages for your pain and suffering in the form of a cash award, and it is our goal to help with maximizing that compensation so you get every penny you need to cover medical bills and daily living expenses. We have more than 40 years of experience in helping clients get justice, and we do not charge any fees until your case is resolved. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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