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Woman brings triple liability lawsuit after she’s left disabled by her distracted driver

BurgerTiime

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https://www.wxyz.com/news/detroit-woman-suing-uber-lyft-after-becoming-permanently-disabled-following-crash

A lawsuit has been brought against ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, as well as Raiser LLC, the company that creates the apps for both services, after a woman says she was left permanently disabled due to her driver being distracted while using the apps.

The incident occurred on Oct. 17, 2017.

The plaintiff, Sheila Hawkins, of Detroit, is being represented by Royal Oak-based Rasor Law Firm, PLLC.

According to court documents, Hawkins had set up a prearranged ride through Lyft. During her ride, her Lyft driver, who was also a driver for Uber, was allegedly logged into both ride-sharing apps while transporting the plaintiff and traveling eastbound on I-696.

The lawsuit states that the defendant was driving distracted while interacting with both apps, which lack a hands-free option, when he crashed into a semi-truck that was stopped. The defendant was driving at 70 miles per hour, according to court documents.

Representatives for Hawkins state that the use of these apps cause "serious distraction" and violate Michigan's driving ordinances, which is cited by Michigan's distracted driving statute.
 

TBone

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Maybe U and L will now reconsider all that unnecessary screen tapping. It is absolutely excessive...like..."do you really want to log off?", and, upon ending rides with ratings, and going out of driver mode, etc.
Its one tap to pick up and I always end the ride and rate the person while stopped and dropping someone off.
This sounds like the driver didnt log out of the Uber app and had to play with their phone while driving, Definitely his fault and he should have just ignored the pings until it was safe to mess with the phone.
 

Z129

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"Raiser LLC, the company that creates the apps for both services"

Is that true?
 

UBERPROcolorado

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Full:
https://www.wxyz.com/news/detroit-woman-suing-uber-lyft-after-becoming-permanently-disabled-following-crash

A lawsuit has been brought against ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, as well as Raiser LLC, the company that creates the apps for both services, after a woman says she was left permanently disabled due to her driver being distracted while using the apps.

The incident occurred on Oct. 17, 2017.

The plaintiff, Sheila Hawkins, of Detroit, is being represented by Royal Oak-based Rasor Law Firm, PLLC.

According to court documents, Hawkins had set up a prearranged ride through Lyft. During her ride, her Lyft driver, who was also a driver for Uber, was allegedly logged into both ride-sharing apps while transporting the plaintiff and traveling eastbound on I-696.

The lawsuit states that the defendant was driving distracted while interacting with both apps, which lack a hands-free option, when he crashed into a semi-truck that was stopped. The defendant was driving at 70 miles per hour, according to court documents.

Representatives for Hawkins state that the use of these apps cause "serious distraction" and violate Michigan's driving ordinances, which is cited by Michigan's distracted driving statute.
These people are always looking for a free ride. Car crashes happen. Mistakes can be made. Life is not perfect.

If a rider is dumb enough to hop in a car with a driver that may have no formal training, barely vetted and completely unsupervised.....she should consider herself luck to be alive.
 

Gulfstream Echo Niner

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Full:
https://www.wxyz.com/news/detroit-woman-suing-uber-lyft-after-becoming-permanently-disabled-following-crash

A lawsuit has been brought against ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, as well as Raiser LLC, the company that creates the apps for both services, after a woman says she was left permanently disabled due to her driver being distracted while using the apps.

The incident occurred on Oct. 17, 2017.

The plaintiff, Sheila Hawkins, of Detroit, is being represented by Royal Oak-based Rasor Law Firm, PLLC.

According to court documents, Hawkins had set up a prearranged ride through Lyft. During her ride, her Lyft driver, who was also a driver for Uber, was allegedly logged into both ride-sharing apps while transporting the plaintiff and traveling eastbound on I-696.

The lawsuit states that the defendant was driving distracted while interacting with both apps, which lack a hands-free option, when he crashed into a semi-truck that was stopped. The defendant was driving at 70 miles per hour, according to court documents.

Representatives for Hawkins state that the use of these apps cause "serious distraction" and violate Michigan's driving ordinances, which is cited by Michigan's distracted driving statute.
Royal Oak-based Rasor Law Firm, PLLC.

These people are always looking for a free ride. Car crashes happen. Mistakes can be made. Life is not perfect.

If a rider is dumb enough to hop in a car with a driver that may have no formal training, barely vetted and completely unsupervised.....she should consider herself luck to be alive.
What’s the “formal training” drivers are receiving?
“How to antagonize & escalate a problem passenger issue
until driver charged with felony kidnapping and assault” ?
 

njn

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So if my phone rings when I'm driving and I crash, can I sue Verizon?

There was a lawsuit a few years back where the distracted driver sued the person texting him or her.

Don't all partners have to use binding arbitration?
 

Danny3xd

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These people are always looking for a free ride. Car crashes happen. Mistakes can be made. Life is not perfect.

If a rider is dumb enough to hop in a car with a driver that may have no formal training, barely vetted and completely unsupervised.....she should consider herself luck to be alive.
LoL;


I think they really do have to many and it is distracting. Especially with new drivers. Was half waiting to see a lawsuit happen.
 

KD_LA

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So if my phone rings when I'm driving and I crash, can I sue Verizon?
You should sue Verizon, the carrier of the person calling you, the person calling you, Alexander Graham Bell's descendants for inventing the phone, Motorola and Martin Cooper for inventing the cell phone, Travis and Dara for starting/running Uber, the bully who stole your lunch money in 6th grade, and mom and dad for bringing you into the middle of this fine mess. Oh and Al Gore too for allegedly inventing the internet! Did I leave anyone out? :biggrin:
 

Emp9

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These people are always looking for a free ride. Car crashes happen. Mistakes can be made. Life is not perfect.

If a rider is dumb enough to hop in a car with a driver that may have no formal training, barely vetted and completely unsupervised.....she should consider herself luck to be alive.
These people are always looking for a free ride. Car crashes happen. Mistakes can be made. Life is not perfect.

If a rider is dumb enough to hop in a car with a driver that may have no formal training, barely vetted and completely unsupervised.....she should consider herself luck to be alive.
These ppl? She now has i disability. She may lose her income for life. Smh.
 

UBERPROcolorado

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These ppl? She now has i disability. She may lose her income for life. Smh.
Anyone stupid enough to take a rideshare cannot complain when things go wrong. Unless you live in a cave, everyone must know by now that taking a rideshare is a risk. A big risk.
 

Stevie The magic Unicorn

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This is actually the correct way for the woman to handle it.

These sorts of things happen to cab companies to, they just aren't national news because thy aren't playing the "jump on uber" bandwagon.


The truth is... the honest to god truth...

She should only be going after the company who she was riding under at the time, and she is going to get a crap-load of money over this...

This is why taxi drivers pay out the wingwang for commercial insurance.
 

getawaycar

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Doesn't Uber and Lyft insurance policy cover such accidents? I heard each driver is covered for one million dollars.

Of course, she could be getting a lot more than that.
 
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