Lyft Injury BLAWG.
Jan 6, 2019
How California's Lyft Partnership Puts Drivers at Risk?
Unneeded Risk for the Golden State's Drivers? Beverly Hills car crash involving minivan. The big news around the Sonoma-Marin Area is the Rail Transit system or SMART. The system's commuters will get discounted rides through a partnership with the ridesharing service Lyft. Sounds great right? Unfortunately, there is less here than meets the eye. But Lyft is working its way into crony capitalism. California's regulators have gone from being against the ridesharing revolution to becoming willing partners, as long as the pay is right. Metro reported on the partnership. It appears that politicians are all too willing to approve dangerous things if the campaign donations are big enough. Here, the program allows riders to utilize an app to hail a Lyft ride. Passengers will get up to $5 off per ride. Local media reported more details about this deal recently. Are Too Many Strings Attached? Perhaps the local public transport people don't realize Lyft and Uber's long line of issues. These range from assault to rape to rampant sexism if we believe the many accusations and lawsuits. The system disincentivizes walking the "last mile," lowering efforts for pedestrian traffic. It also adds additional demand on the road network. The crucial details of the program still haven't been ironed out-- a bad sign for one already announced. Unfortunately, this acts as a corporate subsidy rather than a public service. There are too many risks and not enough research for such a program. Perhaps Marin County or another public entity will eventually determine how to make such a situation work. However, that day won't come fast enough. Consumers deserve better for their time and money. All voters have the right to see where their money goes. We each have a role to play. Many see the potential issues with such a program. Our team at Ehline Law understands the many problems. Follow our site to learn more about issues regarding SDCs. Self-driving cars need a lot more work to get on the road. Government agencies still need more info before they allow these vehicles on the road. They need far more research before they partner with such a push. We can all be involved in the many aspects of a solution.
Jan 4, 2019
California’s New Traffic Laws and You
Changes for Commuters and Passengers Alike? Beverly Hills car crash involving minivan. A new slate of laws came onto the books recently. California's new legislative year means some critical changes to just about every role of life in the Golden State. Furthermore, many of the most significant changes involve the road and those on it. The LA Times reported on some of the changes ahead. One of the most substantial changes responds to the Pokemon Go craze. Drivers are not able to operate a motor vehicle while playing the game. Also, the state established rules for motorcycle speeds while lane splitting. And there is a significant advance revolving around ride-sharing apps. The companies Uber and Lyft can no longer hire sex offenders, DUI offenders, or violent felons. The companies hired some drivers accused of attempted rape and violence against passengers. This is a significant win for all riders. Also, drivers for the ridesharing companies cannot operate their vehicles with a blood alcohol level above 0.04%. There were also advances for passengers of other types of transport. And this includes a charter bus. The action comes two years after the Orland crash killed ten people. Drivers of these vehicles must give their passengers written, or video instructions on how to use safety equipment, and emergency exits. School districts now must change their bus driver training to prevent children from being left alone on buses. Violations must be reported to the state DMV. Many Avenues for Effects. All of these have their changes. It is not clear how the laws will function in the real world. Some, like protections for ride-sharing consumers, are well overdue. It also follows other locations outright banning the practice. Changes to charter vehicles are also past due but likely do not go far enough. We here at Ehline Law watch these types of cases closely. And we will advocate for the rights of motorists and passengers alike. Keep reading our site for more information on how these changes will affect you and your family.
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