Excerpt: Ridesharing companies must be forced to evolve beyond its original mission of simply getting everyone everywhere, as fast as possible.
(Updated for 2019 - now more than ever) Picture this: You and some friends decide to go out for the evening and decide to take and Uber or Lyft. As you get into the vehicle, you exchange cordial talks with the driver and off you go. The driver then gets on the freeway to get downtown, glancing at his well-positioned cell phone mount observing the GPS. All of a sudden, you notice the driver glance at his phone to confirm another pickup which clearly distracts his attention from the road. At this point, the driver is traveling at a high-speed and SLAM. He negligently slams into the back of another vehicle. The vehicles careen off the road and rollover off the freeway. The accident is extreme in nature and the next thing you know police and ambulance sirens are spiraling as you’re being placed on a stretcher. Your night does a complete 180 by no fault of your own…
The foregoing story is similar to a client Rasor Law Firm is now representing and it could happen to anybody who chooses to take Lyft or Uber. Our client sustained serious injuries as a result of the driver’s phone distraction including a traumatic brain injury, lacerated spleen, and broken rib cage among others. While the lawsuit will center around her injuries and the carelessness of the driver, the other portion will focus on: PRODUCT SAFETY. Everyone is aware of the increasing distractions when someone gets behind the wheel of a car and fiddles with their phone - that distraction extends to Uber and Lyft drivers. At some level, you are essentially powerless when you get into an Uber of Lyft and have zero control over the driver’s actions. Thus, as technology evolves, we believe at Rasor Law Firm that apps and ridesharing law should evolve with it and that includes making the product/app safer. Ridesharing companies must be forced to evolve beyond its original mission of simply getting everyone everywhere, as fast as possible. It’s time they rethink not only their products and services, but also its very business model putting safety at the forefront.
Blog post prepared by Brandon Wolfe, Attorney at Rasor Law Firm, PLLC