Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Lyft
Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2016 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Florida state court against Lyft by the widow of a car crash victim, claiming that the ride-sharing company failed to provide adequate training to the driver involved in the accident.
Loinier Perez was killed on Oct. 31 while riding his motorcycle, when he was struck by a Lyft driver carrying two passengers. The Lyft driver allegedly made an improper left turn. Poliana Perez, the widow of the victim, filed the wrongful death lawsuit.
“When someone is killed as the result of someone else’s negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit is often an appropriate response,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney with the law firm of Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in the case. “When a negligent driver is an employee or agent of a transportation company, then that company may be named as a defendant as well.”
Perez claims in the lawsuit that the driver was not properly suited or trained for the job, and Lyft was aware or should have been aware of that fact. Perez’s attorney claimed that Lyft is not authorized to operate in Miami-Dade County, where the accident occurred.
Perez is seeking economic and non-economic damages in an unspecified amount for Perez and their children. At the time of the crash, Perez was pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Lyft, based in San Francisco, allows people to use a smartphone application to hail a ride from drivers who drive their personal vehicles. The drivers are considered independent contractors, and both Lyft and Uber have been criticized for inadequate safety controls.Learn more at http://www.joyceandreyespa.com Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A. 307 S Hyde Park Ave Tampa, FL 33606 Call: 813.251.2007