Rideshare services have exploded in popularity over the past several years. Utilizing smartphone and GPS technology, rideshare companies can offer on-demand public transportation within minutes. The convenience of pulling out a phone, opening the app, entering your destination, and having a ride show up in minutes is a great advantage. Lyft is one of the most popular rideshare companies in America and has benefited greatly from the rideshare craze in America.
Lyft can offer timely, affordable rides due to the number of drivers they have on the road at any given time. The reason they can employ so many drivers is because of their lack of driver regulations. In order to become a Lyft driver, all one needs to do is be over the age of 21, own a four-door car less than 15 years old, and have car insurance. Within a week of applying, most Lyft drivers are approved. While this makes Lyft a great option for supplemental income, it can also bring danger to other drivers.
Since Lyft drivers are under-regulated and sometimes underqualified, the likelihood of negligent driving behavior increases. With negligent driving being a leading cause of car accidents, Lyft accidents have become a problem for Pennsylvania motorists. If you or a loved one were recently involved in a Lyft accident, you should consult with an Erie Lyft accident attorney. Although Lyft accidents are a recent occurrence, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can give you effective guidance. With 170 years of experience and a 99.9 percent success rate, attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman are confident in various different aspects of Pennsylvania law. Our legal team may be the difference n you obtain compensation for your damages in this difficult time.
Like other forms of car accidents, Lyft accidents are commonly caused by negligent driving practices. One of the more frequent negligent driving practices that Lyft drivers engage in is driving while distracted by a device, and with so much of a Lyft driver’s business dealings occurring on a phone, it is easy to see why. Lyft drivers must clock in over their phone and use the Lyft app to schedule rides and communicate with clients. Lyft drivers also depend on their phones for navigation. Such demand for screen time makes it virtually impossible for Lyft drivers to avoid distracted driving completely.
Other forms of negligent driving that Lyft drivers participate in include driving while exhausted, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and failing to adhere to traffic laws while driving. Any form of negligent driving increases the chance of being involved in an accident. Lyft accidents can lead to serious injuries, loss of income, and costly medical bills. While you cannot reverse injuries from occurring, you may have options to lessen the impact on your finances and return to a better financial situation.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in a Lyft accident, you should contact an Erie Lyft accident attorney. For a free consultation, contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman today.
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