A Detroit woman is suing both Lyft and Uber after a serious car accident caused devastating brain and spinal injuries. The Lyft driver was apparently looking at his smartphone due to pick up notifications from both apps, rather than watching the road. As a result, he crashed into a stopped truck at a speed of around 70 mph.
The lawsuit claims that Uber and Lyft should change their apps so that pick up notifications do not come through until the driver is stopped. They blame Lyft and Uber for their current method of operations, saying that it is too distracting to the drivers.
But there is another side to this. Many apps send push notifications while you are on the road, whether you are a Lyft or Uber driver or not. Why was the driver looking at his phone while doing 70 mph down the highway? Shouldn’t the driver be to blame for his lack of discretion in checking his phone while driving?
It is true that push notifications can be distracting. As Uber and Lyft drivers want to jump on pick up notifications so that they don’t miss out on income, it is easy to see why one would want to look at those notifications while on the road. But common sense, and in many states the law, prohibits one from looking at their phone while driving.
Should Uber and Lyft change their policies and their apps so that pick up notifications do not show until you are stopped? Or should drivers simply use their heads and leave the phone down while actively driving? Share your thoughts below in the comment section.
Sources: Detroit Free Press