Well, ridesharing is no longer a fringe industry that people have never heard of. Now, most people have taken a ride in services like Lyft. With the press of a single button on your phone, you can be sure a Lyft driver will be there to take you wherever you need to go, whether to the bank or to the party across town.
Unfortunately, most regulations have not caught up to the burgeoning industry. That means that we have some major safety concerns that we want to talk about. Do you know what to do if you are in an accident with a Lyft vehicle or as a passenger in the car?
If you need a Chester Lyft accident attorney, you can turn to the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. for help recovering the compensation you need.
Growth Of An Industry
Ridesharing concepts are not nascent anymore. Before, people may have thought it strange to ask a stranger to show up in a personal vehicle to take you somewhere. Now, billions of ridesharing rides have happened all over the world. Lyft says it now has over 1.4 million drivers, so you can be sure the company is here to stay for a while.
But, does that mean the industry is regulated like public transportation services and taxis?
Certainly not. In fact, regulation has not really caught up to ridesharing. Becoming a Lyft driver is not difficult and vehicle inspections are required only occasionally. These are regular people in their everyday vehicles showing up to give people a ride.
How It Happens
In the latest reporting year, there were over 128,000 vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania. Out of those, there were more than 80,000 injuries. While we do not have any numbers on how many Lyft vehicles were involved in accidents, we can be certain that they happen.
Lyft drivers, like any other driver on our roadways, are prone to the same careless behavior. Under no circumstances should a Lyft driver be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while they are working. They should also be focused on watching the roadways and not be distracted by their phones or other devices.
Lyft drivers also need to be vigilant when they do not have passengers and are waiting for fares.
Lyft has insurance coverage for all of their divers, both when they have passengers and when they are waiting for a customer. If a Lyft driver causes your accident, you may have to fight their insurance for a fair compensation.
What You Can Do Next
When you get into your Lyft vehicle, you should be able to trust the driver and the vehicle. If you are in your own vehicle, you should not have to worry about irresponsible Lyft drivers causing you harm. If this does happen, you need to know where to turn. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are ready to help when you need a Chester Lyft accident attorney. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 215-543-7220.