Ridesharing is becoming a popular alternative for people who commute or simply don’t want to risk driving home after a drink or two. Lyft, one of the two most popular ridesharing companies, is facing a lawsuit. According to the suit, a Lyft driver allegedly crashed into a motorcyclist in Miami, killing the man.
Police reports detail the crash as happening near the Shops at Midtown Miami on Halloween. Pirooz Pakdel, the Lyft driver, failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign, turning left and crashing into Loinier Perez, 29. Perez died a short time later. Perez’s widow has sued Lyft and Pakdel for negligence. She is due to give birth to the couple’s child this week.
According to the suit, the ridesharing company has an unsafe business model. The company, the suit says, promotes people to use driving as a side job. Unlike chauffeurs who must be licensed, anyone with a car, a valid driver’s license and insurance can sign up to be a Lyft driver.
Concerns include the fact that many of these drivers have multiple jobs. They are working too many hours, and may not be fit to drive by the time they are picking people up. The suit also contends that the drivers are frequently on their cell phones because that is how they communicate with Lyft. Having a license, according to Perez’s lawyers, does not necessarily make you a competent chauffeur.
It is expected that Lyft will defend itself by saying that its drivers are independent contractors. This is true, as drivers are not directly employed by the company. That said, both Lyft and its competitor Uber are at odds with drivers who claim that they are, indeed, employees.
It is important to note that if you are in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you will need a personal injury attorney on your side. Uber and Lyft drivers often fail