When Lyft and other ridesharing companies first came to be, people were excited to have a cheaper alternative to taking taxis and more flexibility when choosing how to get home after a night out on the town. Many thought Lyft was the answer to all their commuting problems, and that ridesharing would offer more benefits than drawbacks. However, in the years since its inception, Lyft drivers have been blamed for not only a variety of injurious and even deadly accidents, but also in violent crimes perpetrated upon their clients. If you have been injured in a ridesharing accident and would like to talk about your case with a Lyft accident lawyer, call Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. to learn more about your legal options as an accident victim.
Lyft was created in 2012, and since then, many of its drivers have been involved in road crashes and other injurious or even lethal incidents while they were on “company time.” According to information made available by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA), several dozen deaths have come about while people were riding in ridesharing vehicles like Lyft. It should be noted, however, that this number also includes deaths due to driver violence as well as road crash incidents.
The risk of becoming a traffic collision victim is not the only hazard of taking a Lyft. According to data published by the TLPA, violent crimes—including hundreds of sexual assault allegations and dozens of physical assault charges—are frighteningly common outcomes for people who choose to use Lyft or other ridesharing vehicles. Media outrage ensued when it was discovered that companies like Lyft and Uber had hired several people with prior felonious criminal records as drivers—felons with squeaky-clean driving records.
If you are involved in a Lyft accident, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention for any injuries you may have sustained as a result of the accident. Even if you feel your injuries are minor or believe yourself to be uninjured, bear in mind that some injuries—such as whiplash—may not become apparent for hours or even days after the accident. Be sure to document anything and everything related to your accident, including photos of injuries, copies of medical bills related to injuries, and pay stubs or other documents that can prove lost wages as a result of your injuries. You can then use these documents as evidence in court if you decide to pursue legal action.
If you need a Lyft accident lawyer in Overland Park, the skilled attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. are ready to take on your case. We specialize in taking on cases like yours, and we have more than 40 years of experience in personal injury litigation. Let us and put our legal expertise to work for you so you can turn a bad day into a brighter future. We offer free case evaluations, and we do not charge a fee until your case has been won or settled. Contact us for a free consultation.
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