Head-on CrashFresno, CA- Ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft are billed as a great alternative to taking a cab or driving drunk, and in most circumstances this is true. Last week, however, a California man was killed when the Lyft driver he was riding with lost control.
A Lyft spokesman announced Tuesday that one of their drivers was involved in a Roseville auto accident that killed 24 year-old Shane Holland.
Holland and his boyfriend were leaving a Halloween party last Friday and caught a ride with Lyft driver 31 year-old Shanti Adhikari. As Adhikari was traveling westbound on the rain-slicked Interstate 80, when he swerved to avoid a broke down vehicle.
Adhikari lost control of his vehicle then veered to the right side of the road where he spun around and slammed into a tree.
Holland and his boyfriend were both wearing their seat belts, but Holland was pronounced dead on the scene. Adhikari, and two other occupants in the vehicle were hurt, but their injuries were not life-threatening, according to NBC.
This is the first fatality for Lyft in California, but it isn’t the first fatal accident involving a ride-share driver.
Police have not charged anyone on connection with the accident, but said their investigation is ongoing. They don’t believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the accident.
Some cities have been reluctant to approve of ride-share programs such as Uber and Lyft because it’s an unregulated unlike taxi or limo services. Accident attorneys, businesses and insurers are interested in this accident because it will be the first test of Lyft’s insurance coverage. The Triangle Business Journal noted that some have been critical of ride-share apps because their insurance coverage is not considered adequate enough to cover personal injury or wrongful death suits.
Accident victims will almost always have to contend with an insurance company if they are seeking compensation. Dealing with an insurance company is difficult and victims need a California accident attorney working to protect their interests.
There is also concern about how these ride-share apps insure their drivers. Typically, these ride-share companies only cover accidents when their drivers have a passenger. This some believe is a mistake as evidenced by an accident involving an Uber driver.
In that instance, an Uber driver in San Francisco has logged into the app and was waiting for a passenger when he struck and killed 6 year-old girl. That driver wasn’t covered by Uber because he didn’t have a passenger so the deceased girl’s mother filed a wrongful death against the company. This case is still pending so it’s unclear if rideshare apps must share responsibility for an accident even if a driver doesn’t have a passenger.
Accident victims deserve compensation for their physical and emotional suffering. When they enlist a California accident attorney, an accident victim or the family of the deceased won’t have to worry whether the will get the care and compensation they need and deserve.

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