Lyft tries to play itself as the underdog to Uber. In many ways, it differs in how it offers itself to the public. There are actual functional differences and there are marketing gimmicks. Yet, one thing stays the same: riders suffer harm. This can take may forms. Some endure physical injuries; others sustain sexual assaults; and some even experience privacy violations. When this happens, you can take steps to right the wrong and recover monetary compensation under the law.
Our Chicago auto accident lawyers work with victims involved in Lyft incidents across Illinois. We help them use the legal system to get help and the compensation that the law entitles them to. Many accident victims need surgery, miss work, and loose valuable items. This cannot be replaced unless you make a claim. Our rideshare attorneys can bring a claim for you at no cost. To learn about what that financial recovery might be after a Lyft accident, contact us today for a free consult.
The material on this page is dedicated to give you a flavor to the types of lawsuits people bring after an accident involving a Lyft vehicle. It is also intended to give you a flavor as to how these cases are evaluated from a settlement perspective. The truth is that very few personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit settlements involving Lyft are reported as many of these have confidentiality clauses which prevent the disclosure of specific figures. Nonetheless, we how you find this information helpful in evaluating your case.
Financial Compensation Available Under Illinois Law to People Injured in an MVA
If you can show that Lyft or one of its drivers was negligent, then you might be able to obtain compensation in an Illinois court. To prove that, you must illustrate how they acted unreasonable and how that unreasonable conduct caused you damage. Damage can mean tangible or intangible injury. Some of the most common forms of those include ER bills, medical treatment costs, lost income from missed work, long-term grief and suffering, and even lost property. If one of your loved ones died from a Lyft accident, then you may pursue a wrongful death claim for the and loss of the event. This can cover funeral expenses, burial costs, lost support and companionship as well as the incredible grief that follows. To understand exactly what recovery you may be entitled to after a Lyft accident in Illinois, speak to one of our highly qualified team members.
Recent Lawsuit Involving Lyft Cars
MAN SUES LYFT AFTER DUI ACCIDENT IN HUMBOLDT PARK, CHICAGO.
The man that brought this Lyft lawsuit was in a car crash in the early morning hours of June 2018. He was a passenger in a vehicle operated by a Lyft driver. Another car crossed the median and slammed into them head-on. That driver was driving under the influence. The Lyft driver was not. The plaintiff sustained several injuries, but none of them were life-threatening. The other passenger died. The plaintiff claimed that Lyft and both drivers were contributorily negligent and responsible for his harms. Those damages included physical, mental, and financial losses. A jury awaits this case absent a settlement.
FAMILY SUES LYFT DRIVER AFTER TRAGIC CHICAGO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.
The family of a man who passed away in a motorcycle accident brought suit against Lyft and one of its drivers. The case was filed in late 2018. The crash happened in the Pilsen area of Chicago. The man was riding his bike along Cermak Road. Without warning, the Lyft made a left turn into his lane and struck him. Emergency responders brought him to Stroger Hospital. He did not make it long. He died that day. The family sued both the company and the driver. Their complaint argues their combined negligence caused his death and their damages. They complain that the driver did not yield or slow down. Also, reports showed that that defendant was driving under the influence. They ask for more than $50,000 as compensation for their damages.
FAMILY BRINGS CASE AGAINST LYFT AFTER THEIR GREAT GRANDMOTHER IS INJURED IN CRASH.
The victim here was escorting children across the street. She volunteered as a crossing guard in the Edgewater area of Chicago. At the time incident, she was wearing a sign and holding up a stop sign. That did not stop a Lyft driver from running into her. That person was not paying attention to the road at all. Even the Lyft passenger could attest to that same fact. The victim was badly injured. She had to be taken to a nearby hospital. Then, she slipped into a coma. Doctors described her situation as critical. She has many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. They all eagerly hope for her health to return. In the meantime, they have brought suit. They seek damages for the costs, pain, and suffering that the crash caused. The lawsuit targets both the driver and Lyft.
MAN SUES LYFT AFTER DANGEROUS RIDE.
Two men hopped in a Lyft car in the summer of 2017. The boys were in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. They did not get out at the destination they thought they would. Some argument started between the driver and the riders. Apparently, the driver pulled a gun on them. She also used homophobic slurs and other taunts. She forced them to exit the vehicle prematurely. They brought suit for this assault. Despite the intentional nature of the affair, the men also sued Lyft itself. Their complaint contents that the company promises a safe ride, free of discrimination. This is not what they got. Further, the plaintiffs questioned what the steps Lyft took to deliver on that promise and secure the safety of its riders. For these faults, the plaintiffs seeks compensation in Illinois court in excess of $50,000.
Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements and Claims Against Lyft
PASSENGER GETS $70,000 IN LYFT ACCIDENT
This incident took place in Miami Shores, Florida. The victim was a passenger in an automobile. He got into the car using the ridesharing app, Lyft. As that vehicle went to the destination, other car clipped them. The rear-end accident produced minor damage to the car. Yet, the passenger still went to the hospital in order to get checked out. He did have injuries or aggravations to his neck, spine, ankle, and wrist. However, his doctors could not state whether these were new injuries or just inflammations of pre-existing injuries. Whatever the case, the man’s lawyers were able to get $70,000 for his pain, medical bills, and other costs. About $25,000 of that came from the other driver’s insurance company. The rest came from the Lyft driver’s insurance company.
LYFT SETTLES WITH CHICAGO FOR $4 MILLION.
Just this week, ride-hailing company, Lyft, agreed to settle with the City of Chicago for $4 million. That money comes in part after an acknowledgment that its background check and supervisory control of its drivers were deficient. Previously, the city had allowed it and other companies like Uber to conduct their background and monitoring process. This settlement realizes that there were errors in the way Lyft and other conducted their own diligence. While it does not connect the dots to actual crimes or accidents that have occurred, many critics offer that these failures could have opened the door to assault, crashes, and other serious issues. At the very least, this action should limit the possibility of them occurring in the future.
CONVICTED TERRORIST ALLOWED TO DRIVE FOR LYFT.
Just over a year ago, reports surfaced that Lyft allowed a convicted terrorist to drive for its company in Chicago. The independent company that conducts background checks on behalf of Lyft did not flag the man. He began to work for the company. It was not until an internal investigation commenced that the man’s past came to light. Lyft says it adheres to strict policies regarding passenger safety and driver vetting. However, Chicago alone has cited them hundreds of times and fined them millions of dollars. Many people in Illinois have experienced accidents, assaults, and other events due to substandard drivers. These drivers have at times slipped through Lyft’s vetting process.
Non-Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Against Lyft
WOMAN SUES AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT INCIDENT IN LYFT CAR.
A Chicago resident brought suit in Cook County, Illinois against Lyft. She claims the ride-hailing app business did not identify that one of its drivers had a criminal record. Then, it did not remove the driver prior to his assaulting her. That incident came on a night in 2017. The woman hailed the vehicle. Instead of taking her to her requested destination, he drove to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her at knife-point. The woman’s lawyers criticized the company for its faulty background checks, monitoring system, and assault prevention plan. The complaint seeks damages for this negligent supervision. She claims losses related to her physical, mental, and emotional damages.
LYFT DRIVER CHARGED ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES.
A middle-aged Lyft driver was arrested and booked on charges of sexual assault. He picked up a passenger and shuttled the woman in between two Illinois suburban towns. Along the way, he propositioned her. The passenger was a minor. She took her story to the cops and they got ahold of and arrested him. If the woman believes Lyft itself could have prevented the situation or in any other way acted unreasonably, she might have a claim with them too. In situations like this, victims often suffer a number of emotional, physical, and other harms. These damages are recognizable in court provided they meet the proper circumstances.