This week’s question comes from James T in Freemont who asks: “I was traveling in a limo in LA with a colleague when, suddenly, the driver blacked out, slumped forward, and hit a wall. I had to jump over the seat and steer the car off the road. I got banged up pretty bad in the accident but we could have been killed. It turn out that he has a seizure disorder. He told me that this hadn’t happened before while driving. He said he had been up late on a job the night before. He was vague as to whether the company knew about his disorder. What are my rights? Who is responsible for the harm caused to me? I’m in physical pain and this has been very upsetting. I’m even having nightmares.
Rideshare company Uber recently filed a response in the Sofia Liu wrongful death case.
A wrongful death claim was filed against the company by San Francisco lawyer Chris Dolan on behalf of the family of Sofia Liu, a 6-year-old girl who was killed on New Year’s Eve when she and her family were run over by a Uber driver named Syed Muzzafar.
Most recently, multiple taxi and limo companies in San Antonio and Houston have sued the companies for violating local vehicle-for-hire ordinances.
Recent expansions in cities such as Cleveland have also drawn criticism due to safety and insurance concerns. The Ohio Department of Insurance issued a consumer alert advising would-be riders to use caution when deciding to use ride sharing or “transportation networking” companies.
A pedestrian in Nob Hill was hit by a Lyft car last week. The accident happened on Friday and is one of many recent accidents involving ride-share services such as Lyft and Uber.
A passenger was reportedly in the car when it ran into an elderly woman around 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Venture Beat reports that the woman’s leg was fractured and that she was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment.
San Francisco attorney Chris Dolan recently spoke at a protest against so-called rideshare companies.
Rideshare companies such as Lyft have turned many car owners into smartphone-enabled cab drivers. Most licensed taxi drivers oppose these companies, calling them illegal and wholly unregulated cab services.
This is the final installment of this series on “on demand rideshare” services such as Uber and Lyft. Here is a comparison of some critical safety issues between taxi services and “on demand rideshare” services. I want to make it clear, I have no disagreement with someone trying to make a buck or find a new green transport system. I have a real problem with an corporation disguising itself as an “app,” taking 20% and then leaving everyone hanging while they go off smiling to the bank.
While I too am not a big fan of waiting for taxis, I would rather wait than risk my safety and waive my legal rights by riding in one of these cars.
Read Sidecar and Lyft’s terms of service. In my opinion they are detestable. In Sidecar’s terms, in at least 4 places, they say they will bear no responsibility for your injury or death. This is true even if you are attacked or raped by the driver, injured because of defective maintenance or if the driver is high or drunk.
Julie J. From Russian Hill asks, “I have seen these pink mustache cars driving around. I checked it out and it is called Lyft, a smart phone based app that lets people use their own cars to act like a taxi. I took a ride with a young guy and then my phone asked me to make a “donation” for the ride, suggesting an amount, and asked me to rate the service. What is the legality of this service and how are they different than taxis?”