Two Catastrophically Injured Riders File Suit Against Lyft for Broken Promises to Pennsylvania Citizens

By Thomas Sweeney

Mar 22

Two Catastrophically Injured Riders File Suit Against Lyft for Broken Promises to Pennsylvania Citizens

Messa & Associates attorney, Thomas N. Sweeney, has filed a lawsuit against Lyft, one of the largest rideshare companies in the United States. Two clients suffered catastrophic injuries from a crash in which they were passengers in the Lyft vehicle. In the lawsuit, plaintiffs allege that the popular rideshare company breached the promises it made to the Pennsylvania Legislature that allow it to operate in the state.

Plaintiffs assert that the Lyft driver involved in the crash should not have been permitted to operate a Lyft vehicle because of his criminal background as evident by the outstanding warrant. Pennsylvania law restricts ride-share companies from allowing drivers from accessing the Lyft application and transporting passengers if they have a criminal background.

At the time of the crash, the Lyft driver had an outstanding warrant when he was transporting two passengers. Police officers responded to the scene of the crash and arrested the Lyft driver for the outstanding warrant.

Lyft states on its website that it conducts a background check prior to the final hiring. The suit alleges that the company failed to discover an outstanding warrant of the employee during the hiring process which should have disqualified him from the ride-sharing platform.

Plaintiffs further claim that Lyft’s failure to disqualify its driver from utilizing the Lyft application due to the existence of a warrant put its passengers in danger.

As a result of Lyft’s negligence, one plaintiff claimed damages from facial trauma, spine injuries, and shoulder injuries. The medical treatment was extensive and expensive to repair these injuries. The second passenger also suffered a traumatic brain injury, cervical disc pathology, and aggravation of spondylosis.

The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling personal injury cases involving serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents and cases against rideshare companies. Messa & Associates has successfully litigated numerous motor vehicle accident cases for catastrophically injured clients. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries.

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About the Author

Tom Sweeney concentrates his practice in complex personal injury cases including premises liability, toxic tort, medical malpractice, products liability, construction injuries, civil rights, and other catastrophic injury cases. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia and has practiced before trial and appellate judges in both state and federal courts.