CHICAGO – A twenty-seven-year-old woman sued Lyft on Monday, June 4, 2018, alleging she sustained serious injuries after her allegedly intoxicated Lyft driver crashed on Interstate 90, in Chicago, Illinois.

On August 17, 2017, Anne Morgan requested a Lyft ride to O’Hare International Airport. Morgan was visiting Chicago for the popular music festival Lollapalooza. During the ride, the Lyft driver allegedly missed an exit and slammed on his brakes in highway traffic. Another vehicle immediately crashed into the Lyft car, causing Morgan to be thrown wildly.

The Illinois State Police arrived at the scene shortly after the crash. The responding officer allegedly smelled alcohol on the Lyft driver’s breath and noted that his eyes were glossy and bloodshot. The Lyft driver allegedly failed field sobriety tests and a breath sample demonstrated a .154 BAC, nearly twice the legal limit. The Lyft driver allegedly admitted he had “a couple of drinks.”

The Lyft driver was arrested for Driving Under the Influence, Driving Under the Influence with BAC .08+, and violating the minimum speed limit. 

 

Morgan was rushed by ambulance from the scene, She alleges the crash caused long-lasting physical injuries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Morgan has since retained Chicago-based law firm LegalRideshare, LLC. LegalRideshare attorneys filed a civil lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois, naming Lyft and the drivers as defendants.

LegalRideshare attorney Bryant Greening said Lyft must do more to ensure that its drivers act safely on the roadway. “Rideshare companies often tout that they keep drunk drivers off the road,” Greening said. “In this instance, Lyft was part of the problem.”

Greening said Morgan seeks compensation for costs of past and future medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of normal life.

LegalRideshare, LLC is entirely dedicated to protecting the rights of injured rideshare drivers, passengers and victims. Attorney Greening can be reached at (312) 767-7950 or bryant@legalrideshare.com.