Lyft, Uber and other rideshare services were hailed as a revolutionary new way to travel that was economically friendly. Drivers contracted with the companies and offered their vehicles as less expensive alternatives to using taxicabs and more reliable and accessible options as compared with public transit. Everyone from club-goers to daily commuters seemed to love this wallet-friendly new option when it came to getting from one place to another, quickly and cheaply. However, although Lyft and other rideshare companies vet their drivers’ driving records, even a person with a clean record can get into a car crash—as they say, there is a first time for everything. If you were hurt in a collision and want to discuss your legal options with a Lyft accident lawyer in Hamilton, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to get informed and take legal action.
Ridesharing: blessing and curse?
Ridesharing is convenient and inexpensive: you download an app, add a payment method, swipe, tap and your ride arrives within a few minutes to take you where you need to go. Gone are the days of waiting for a bus or train or having to hail a taxi cab. However, one problem with Lyft is that you cannot guarantee that your ride will be a safe one. If the driver who picks you up is reckless and negligent, your safe ride come could turn into a nightmare ending in an accident and serious injuries. Add the possibility of violent crimes—at least 100 cases of assault have been alleged against rideshare drivers—and you have a recipe for disaster.
Conflicting research on Lyft accidents
Although one study published in the August 2016 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that rideshare services were not associated with an increase in traffic accident-related fatalities, more recent data from the University of Chicago shows quite the opposite: a 2019 working paper released by Hochberg, Barrios and Yi analyzed the U.S. government’s publicly available FARS & CrashStats data showed that since the inception of the first rideshare company in 2010, traffic fatalities have steadily increased, by approximately 3 percent each year. Researchers hypothesized that the reason for this increase in fatal accidents is due to the increase of cars actively on the road that occurred when rideshare companies came into existence.
Hamilton Lyft accident attorneys
If you need a Lyft accident lawyer in Hamilton, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you file a civil lawsuit. Injury victims are entitled to seek cash compensation for their pain and suffering under the law, and we can assist you with the pursuit of the recovery of damages. Damages are paid out in the form of financial compensation, and are assessed by the courts and assigned a dollar amount based on factors such as extent of injury, lost wages during recovery from injuries, and cost of injury-related medical care. Contact us today for a free consultation with an attorney who specializes in handling Lyft accident injury claims.