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Lawsuit: Lyft driver distracted by app in fatal wreck

Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn are personal injury attorneys with the expertise in Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare policies you need to get the compensation you deserve. Austin family faces loss after an Uber ride to celebrate a wedding the next day. McMinn Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Lyft, stating their app’s design put the family in danger.

Uber, Lyft, RideAustin passengers have the right to a safe ride.

If you were injured during a rideshare, you might be wondering what’s next. Personal Injury attorneys Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn are experts in rideshare cases.

They know that being in a car accident is always scary. They also know that treating injuries, missing work due to illness, and receiving medical bills after a serious crash can be almost as scary.

Jason McMinn interview KVUE News Austin

Uber, Lyft Answer to Negligence of Dangerous App Design

On Oct. 10 2015, the Edwards family called an Uber to take them to the engagement party of their brother and son, Clayton Edwards. Irene, Kate, and Rick Edwards got into the Uber along with Kate’s fiancé, David Foy.

Tragically, none of the family made it to the rehearsal dinner that night. Mother and daughter Irene and Kate Edwards died from injuries in a horrific car crash when the driver took his eyes off the road to set up a ride with a Lyft customer.

Driver Kevin Eldredge’s Nissan Altima struck a Chrysler minivan on Palm Valley Boulevard when he made a left turn.

McMinn Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Lyft on behalf of the surviving members in the crash, David Foy and Rick Edwards.The family seeks a settlement with Lyft, citing that the company failed to design a safe app.

The rideshare company allowed drivers to use another app while operating their vehicle with passengers – a function engineers say is now disabled. A safer app could have saved lives the night of Clayton Edwards’ wedding reception.

“There would have never been a collision and these people would be alive today.” – Personal Injury Attorney, Jason McMinn.

The two surviving victims of the Round Rock crash were hospitalized, including Rick Edwards, the husband of Irene Edwards and father of Kate Edwards. David Foy, the fiancé of Kate Edwards was also hospitalized following the fatal crash.

Lyft Distracted Driving Lawsuit Coverage:

Is Ridesharing really a safer alternative?

During the Uber ride, driver Kevin Eldredge acted on an allowable function of the app. Distracted driving cost a mother and daughter their lives, and their loved ones robbed a future with them.

Their ride took place before a rule that was put in place in May 2016. At that time both Uber and Lyft held the bulk of the market for rideshares in Austin. Since then, both Uber and Lyft stopped operations inside the city of Austin after a hotly contested debate in the city over compliance with fingerprint background checks. The city voted in a landslide to require fingerprint background checks and greater regulation of TNCs. It was clear that the city of Austin feels that they value safety when entering the vehicle of a transportation-networking app driver.

Since the May 2016 decision, both competitors pulled out of Austin. However they still operate in the Austin-metro area where this crash took place.

Now that both Uber and Lyft have returned to Austin – personal injury attorneys Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn want to ensure public safety is not jeopardized by dangerous functions within the ridesharing apps.


Hurt in an Uber or Lyft Ride?

When you get into a ride with an Uber or Lyft driver, you’re making the decision to have a safe, sober ride. The last thing you expect is to get into a dangerous crash. If you or someone you love Get help negotiating with insurance adjusters, and full compensation for your injuries.

When you hire a personal injury attorney, you have a legal advocate to deal with negotiations while you focus on recovery.

Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn are personal injury attorneys with the expertise in Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare policies you need to get the compensation you deserve. Austin family faces loss after an Uber ride to celebrate a wedding the next day. McMinn Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Lyft, stating their app’s design put the family in danger.

When a family faces an unbelievable loss, McMinn Law Firm took on their quest to make rideshares safer for everyone.
How the design of the app created a tragic, deadly driving disaster later on this page.


Passenger or Driver: Filing a Rideshare Claim in Austin, Texas

We have answers to your Uber and Lyft accident questions. Don’t see the information you’re looking for? Reach out to us over the chat or the free case evaluation form.


Can a rideshare passenger file a personal injury claim?

The short answer is yes. Many take rides in Uber, Lyft, Taxi, Fasten and other rideshares to avoid driving drunk or over the legal limit. It’s expected that when you get in the back seat of one of these vehicles that you’re in for a safe ride home. But crashes do happen. Whether it is the fault of the rideshare driver or of another party, a passenger can be confident that there will be avenues for a legal advocate to secure the recovery needed for medical care and other expenses.

A passenger is almost never the at-fault in a crash. An attorney could have multiple ways of securing justice for the passenger injured during a ride. Ask a local attorney about options you have for recovery.


Can an Uber, Lyft, RideAustin, or other Rideshare driver file a claim with the transportation networking company?

This is a little more nuanced. Because coverage from the TNC often starts and ends with the app, and policies among different companies are not the same – it’s best to ask a local lawyer directly to take a look at your case specifically.

Some rideshare drivers choose to buy additional coverage to fill any gaps between driving a passenger, and picking the next one up. The many differences in coverage make these cases unique.


Dangers of Distracted Driving

In this session of Texas legislature the House has an opportunity to pass a bill that could prohibit cell phone use in the vehicle across the state. Proponents show how many lives could be saved by deterring drivers from engaging in risky driving behaviors. Some opponents of the bill say that it would limit Texan’s freedoms.

We’ve seen the consequences of distracted driving and know that no text or social media post is worth the cost of a life. Measures like House Bill 62 can help save lives in Texas.

Serious consequences of distracted driving

Many riders opt to use rideshare services because they have been marketed as safe. Calling a hired driver is one way of planning ahead, reducing DWI, and having a “designated driver.” Lyft has partnered with Anheuser-Busch to market against drinking and driving. Uber even has a campaign with MADD to end drunk driving. But while operating in the Austin area, neither app was designed to protect against the dangerous practice of distracted driving.

This case with Lyft can act as an important reminder to companies that safety is important to the communities in and around Austin, TX. Distracted driving isn’t just a statistic. The sudden loss of a loved one due to distracted driving is devastating for the family and communities it impacts.


Dangerous Driving Habits to Avoid

  • Driving tired: Some studies have shown that driving tired can be as dangerous as driving while drunk. Losing sleep can reduce reaction times and impair judgment. If you’re on a road trip, plan ahead on where to stay, take shifts, and pull over at a rest stop if you need to.
  • Speeding: No appointment is worth the risk of losing your own life or ending someone else’s. Speeding poses serious risks for other drivers and pedestrians sharing the roadway.
  • Distracted Driving: This nationwide epidemic claimed 3,179 lives in 2014 alone. 71% of young people say they have sent a text while driving. Living in a digital world can keep us connected, but no text is worth a life or even an injury.

Because texting while driving requires visual, manual and cognitive attention it is very dangerous. Most states have laws prohibiting use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.

Talk to members in your family about distracted driving. Take the pledge to be a distraction free driver. Be an example to others and speak up when you see someone using their phone in their car.