There are on average 150,000 auto accidents in the Commonwealth each year. Of these car accidents, approximately 4,5000 result in serious injuries to the victims, while approximately 500 result in fatalities. These statistics are staggering; however, they do not even begin to describe the emotional impact that auto accidents have on both victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, consider calling our Boston, MA expert car accident attorneys today.
On November 1, 2014, Shane Holland and his boyfriend Brady Lawrence requested a car operated by Lyft to get home from a Halloween party. The driver, Shanti Adhikari, picked up the couple and was driving westbound on Interstate Highway 80 in California. As Adhikari was driving, he swerved to avoid a stopped car on the freeway. He lost control of the car, spun off the road, and crashed into two trees. Lawrence suffered severe injuries, such as a concussion, and was treated in the intensive care unit for multiple days. Lawrence died at the scene of the auto accident.
According to CBS San Francisco, Lawrence’s mother and Holland filed a lawsuit against Lyft and Adhikari. The car’s computer showed that Adhikari was going 75 miles per hour at the time of the car crash. Furthermore, a CHP report on the crash said that Adhikari “caused the collision by making an unsafe turning movement.” Adhikari also had no proof of insurance with him at the time of the crash. Lyft claims that they are not liable because Adhikari is an independent contractor, not an employee. Lawrence’s mother hopes that this lawsuit will force Lyft to screen their driver’s better and describe more accurately in advertisements how it applies the $1 million insurance policy.