Lyft and Unaccompanied Minor Trip Death
A 13-year-old Florida girl driving Lyft alone in the midst of the night time was killed when her 17-year-old driver ran off a moist freeway into some timber. The 17-year-old driver had solely a learner’s allow; he was utilizing his mom’s Lyft account to generate income.
The driver picked up the 13-year-old woman in her pajamas in entrance of her home at 1:30 a.m. She was sneaking out to a boy’s home. The woman’s grandmother was sleeping whereas her mom, a nurse, was working the in a single day shift. Reportedly, the kid died on the return journey when the 17-year-old picked her again up at 5:30 a.m. and was driving her house.
What a catastrophe.
The woman’s mom is reportedly suing Lyft for violating its personal coverage which prohibits unaccompanied minors.
Lawsuit technicalities apart, this extraordinarily unhappy case includes circumstances we’ve seen repeatedly:
Uber and Lyft drivers ferry unaccompanied minors all the time. The corporations say it’s towards their coverage, however haven’t made any vital efforts to cease it. “They know what’s happening and are looking the other way,” says Harry Campbell at The Rideshare Guy.
Busy mother and father = revenue.
The 17-year-old Lyft driver borrowed his mom’s app login to generate profits. Sometimes it’s buddies who borrow the app. Uber and Lyft are aware of this, too. Obviously, these unauthorized alternative drivers have by no means acquired any background examine and but repeatedly slip behind the wheel.
More unlucky patterns: Passengers don’t reliably examine to ensure the Uber or Lyft driver’s identify, face, automotive and license plate matches what’s offered by the app. Obviously, this 13-year-old woman sneaking out of her home in her pajamas didn’t even discover her driver wasn’t a lady.
Finally, the driving force and passenger might have organized a money journey right here. Else how did the identical driver come to select up the identical woman 4 hours later at 5:30 a.m.? Did the Lyft app coincidentally summon him once more? Or, did he merely organize to select her up later? If there was a verbal association, this may increasingly have been a money journey carried out outdoors of the Lyft app. And if this was a money journey, there was no insurance coverage protection in any way on this ride. Meaning: If this automotive had hit a household of six, as an alternative of a tree, any damages to the household could possibly be uncompensated by insurance coverage.
There are so many issues fallacious with an unscreened 17-year-old with a learner’s allow choosing up an unaccompanied 13-year-old woman in the midst of the night time that it boggles the thoughts.
There’s actually solely two issues for positive about this journey:
#1 Lyft profited financially;
#2 Lyft and Uber ought to take lively steps to ban youngsters driving unaccompanied.