A Lyft Driver Charged With DUI

On-demand transportation, or ridesharing, services have transformed the transportation industry. They are known as a disruptive industry because of how quickly and vastly they’ve changed the face of what we consider the traditional transportation industry (taxi services, buses, etc.). The rate that they have expanded has also led to many concerns.

How well are they regulated? Who regulates them? Can we trust them?

These are all questions that are being asked on a daily basis, and one family in Arizona is wondering how one Lyft ride went so wrong.

Recently, a Lyft driver in Arizona was charged with driving under the influence of a drug. She got into an accident that resulted in the death of her passenger.

While not all Lyft rides result in accidents, they do happen. If you are involved in one, you may need an attorney that specializes in Lyft accidents and personal injuries in Philadelphia. At Dan Doyle Law Group, we are ready to help you.

Why Use Lyft?

On-demand transportation services offer convenience. For people who may not have their own vehicle, being able to press a button and have a ride show up can be a great thing. If you are going out for a night on the town, on-demand transportation services can be a good way to get home. They are like a built-in designated driver.

All of these are services that were traditionally offered by taxi services. Lyft and other companies have made these types of services more affordable and considerably cut into the business of traditional taxi services.

Regulation and Insurance

There have been many complaints about the regulation of ride sharing transportation services. With traditional taxis, people could be fairly certain that their vehicle was safe. In most cities, there are approved taxi vehicle models. In Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) regulates taxis in the city, enforcing regulations for their operation.

With on-demand transportation services, such as Lyft, each vehicle belongs to the person who owns it. It is usually their personal vehicle and does not go through inspections. There are more than 315,000 Lyft drivers in the US, all using their personal vehicles. The PPA has no authority over Lyft drivers or their vehicles.

What you may not know is that, though each driver is an independent contractor with Lyft, the company insures each driver with a $1 million liability policy that is primary to the driver’s personal policy.

What To Do If You Get Hurt On Lyft Ride

The last thing you want to think about is getting hurt when choosing to use a rideshare service. You expect your Lyft driver to be professional and safe. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. Sometimes, the driver is at fault and possibly even negligent.

At Dan Doyle Law Group, we want you to know that you have options. If you have suffered an injury or a loved one has died during a Lyft ride, you may need a Lyft accident attorney in Philadelphia,PA. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730 for a free consultation.