San Francisco news reports that a Lyft car hit a pedestrian near Jackson and Larkin streets in San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood. This car accident occurred just a few short weeks after an Uber car accident that killed a 6-year-old girl. With the increased popularity of "ride sharing" apps and usage, more and more accidents are bound to occur. This raises many questions concerning responsibility and who should be held liable when ride sharing accidents happen. A spokesperson for Lyft issued the following statement: "We were informed today that a Lyft driver was in an accident involving a pedestrian while with a passenger. The driver let us know that the pedestrian is being treated for a leg injury. The safety of everyone on the road is our top priority."
If you or a loved one has been injured in a San Francisco car accident involving a company such as Uber or Lyft, it is imperative you immediately consult with a top San Francisco personal injury law firm right away. A top California car accident lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
This accident could raise significant legal issues for Lyft and other ride sharing companies, which provide individuals rides in exchange for fees. Other taxi alternatives, such as Uber, have faced political resistance in many cities, with one of the objections being that these companies amount to unregulated and unsafe taxicabs. Whether these services are responsible for the actions of their drivers is unclear. Taxi cab drivers and other drivers of regulated business may implicate the company when accidents occur. In these situations, the businesses that employ drivers responsible for injuries may be found culpable and hence, responsible to pay damages when individuals suffer personal injuries. However, with the novelty of ride sharing companies, the legal implications when accidents occur are unclear.
The accident happened less than a mile from driver that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old girl.
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