Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft face lawsuits
Uber was founded in 2009. It’s become a $3 billion company that is presently operating in 60 countries. Its worldwide appeal for younger customers fuels its immense popularity. Lyft was founded in 2012. Its tech friendly format is similar to Uber’s. Forty percent of Uber riders are between 25 and 34, 28 percent are between 35 and 44. Most seem unaware of the ride-sharing companies’ legal troubles and practices that can endanger riders.
Both use cell phone apps that allow riders to quickly contact drivers that can be tracked. Drivers are usually on their way within minutes. There’s no wondering when taxis will arrive.
But there’s significant trouble in the ride-sharing world
Uber and Lyft do not fingerprint their drivers as taxi companies do. They insist that checking names and social security numbers are enough to pull up any criminal records in would be drivers’ backgrounds, according to CNBC. Disputing that, in Austin, Texas, new fingerprint technology caught 86 would be drivers with criminal records.
Uber is being sued by victims assaulted by its drivers in Texas, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, South Carolina and Florida. Sexual assault cases have also been filed against Lyft drivers in Washington, California and Florida, according to CNN.
In most cases, women who were sexually assaulted say they were being driven home alone at night after partying with friends when drivers raped or groped them. Uber and Lyft are also facing labor disputes. Uber recently agreed to pay $100 million to settle with drivers in California and Massachusetts, according to NPR, who claimed in their lawsuits they were actually employees of the companies, not contractors.
Wrongful death lawsuits have also been filed against both Uber and Lyft. Two cases – one in Texas and the other in Florida – involve Lyft drivers in fatal collisions with motorcycle riders. In San Francisco, an Uber driver has been charged with killing a six-year old girl in a crosswalk.
Uber and Lyft steadfastly maintain that their drivers are contractors and that limits their liability in lawsuits charging their drivers with criminal or negligent behavior. But Uber recently agreed to pay $25 million to settle a suit filed by city attorneys in Los Angeles and San Francisco, charging it with lax safety checks.
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