Forcibly Kicked Out, Thrown Out and Removed from An Uber/Lyft by the Driver
If you book an Uber or Lyft car to take you around and about town, you are not likely to expect that the driver will become violently angry, and kick you out of the car. But this event does happen, has happened to many people, and will continue to happen in the future. People who are kicked out of an Uber/Lyft vehicle sustain many serious injuries, scarring, trauma and pain and suffering. If a person is kicked forcibly out of a rideshare vehicle, it is typical to have uncommon run-over injuries, crushing injuries and serious injuries that are typical of fractures to the body.
If you are kicked out of a car, you can sustain:
- Amputations of arms, legs and fingers
- Abrasions to the hands, knees, legs, face and arms
- Road rash or road burns to the limbs
- Crushing fractures in the feet, arms and legs
- Crushed lacerations
- Crushing injuries to the spine being run over by a car
- Crushing injuries to the legs, arms, hands and feet
- Pelvic and hip fractures
- Internal bleeding in the abdomen
- Underlying major damage to the blood vessels
Crushing injuries are always serious and can be life-threatening. These injuries can cause musculoskeletal damage, life and limb-threatening compartment syndromes, and major blood loss. The healing of these injures often requires split-thickness skin grafts, fighting infection risks of open wounds, and issues where the individual may be disabled for life.
Crushing injuries restrict the microvascular flow of blood into the capillaries. This is a dangerous situation in all cases, as blood flow needs to be maintained at a constant rate, or the tissues start to die from lack of blood supply. There can be permanent damage to muscle tissue in less than 8 hours. That is where the decreased blood flow will increase muscle necrosis and metabolic acidosis and hyperkalemia will result, causing toxins to the body which can be fatal. A person with a crushing injury is highly likely to die from the result of those injuries, if there is no immediate medical care available.
There is a serious and life-threatening process that occurs in the body after a crushing injury. The muscles will start to die from a lack of blood flow, and will emit toxins to the blood. These toxins react to the organs and can cause renal dysfunction, issues with flood flow and can cause complications such as:
- Renal failure
- Multi-organ failure
Crushing injuries that affect the thigh area can be serious injuries. When the thigh area of the body is crushed, there will be a huge amount of pain, and it will be difficult to flex the knee or leg after a crushing injury. People with crush injuries to the thigh need additional surgical procedures to try to save the leg. If there is a crush to the leg, there may be a fracture of the femur. In those cases, more than 80% of the people with serious crushing injuries to the thigh will have problems walking for the rest of their live. Many people do not regain their strength in this area of the leg again, and are permanently disabled after a crushing leg injury.
Can I Sue for An Uber or Lyft Driver Kicking Me Out of the Car?
Yes, you can sue if an Uber or Lyft driver has kicked you or forcibly ejected you from the car. You can be seriously injured when you hit the pavement unexpectedly, when being pushed out of an Uber or Lyft vehicle. You can be crushed by the weight of the car, when an angry Uber or Lyft driver speeds off away from you, as you are forced out of the vehicle.
People can have serious injuries, such as a fractured or crushed tibia. The individuals who have crushing injuries of the tibia also risk complications. They can develop issues with open fractures and need to be reviewed, to ensure that the fracture does not turn into an acute compartment syndrome. The tibia bone in the lower leg is an important bone to ensure the person can walk after the accident. If this bone is crushed, it is often difficult to heal. Any open wounds need to be reviewed to determine if there will be a need for skin grafts to help close the skin back up properly.
Do I Have a Case and Is There a Lawyer Who Can Represent Me?
Yes, you have a case and our law office is ready to represent you, with a violent Uber or Lyft driver who assaulted you, to sustain personal injuries as a result of the interaction. If crushing injuries are not attended to quickly or in time, there can be a poor outcome for the individual who experienced this type of injury. For example, if a crushing injury to the limbs is not treated immediately, there is a risk of:
- Sensory neuropathy
- Bone deformities
The person can also experience a traumatic brain injury, from falling backwards and having the head hit the pavement. A traumatic brain injury or TBI is a serious injury, where there may be a coma or concussion that can result from this type of injury. If the person goes into a coma, there may be permanent brain damage, or the individual can die from swelling on the brain.
If you fall backwards out of a rideshare vehicle, or are forced out of an Uber or Lyft and lose your balance falling backwards, you can sustain a TBI. If you have a TBI, you have a serious trauma, whereby you can die from this injury. There is a high risk of pressure building up in the brain, and this can result in serious brain damage if not managed quickly and properly. Many people with TBIs go into a coma, and never come out of it. Other people with TBIs experience brain injuries that severely change their cognitive functions, and they are unable to work again.
How Can a Person Be Forced from an Uber or Lyft Vehicle?
Yes, it is possible that a person can be kicked out of, or thrown from an Uber or Lyft vehicle. First off, are you wondering how this can happen? It turns out, it can happen quite easily. If an Uber or Lyft driver is mentally ill, angry or upset to the point of being violent towards the passenger in the car, that driver can forcibly eject someone from a rideshare vehicle.
An Uber or Lyft driver who forces someone from a car will put his or her hands on the passenger, to kick the person out of the vehicle. The Uber or Lyft driver is in control of the vehicle, and can stop that car at any time to try to kick someone out of the car. Then, the angry Uber or Lyft driver can get out of the driver’s side of the vehicle, go to the back seat and open the door – and start to pull the passenger out of the vehicle. Pulling the passenger out of a vehicle will cause personal injuries to the passenger, who may trip and fall while being pushed forcibly out of the car.
An Uber or Lyft driver can also drive recklessly enough to “force” the passenger to want to leave the vehicle, to preserve his or her own life. If an Uber or Lyft driver is speeding recklessly, careening around corners and swerving dangerously through traffic, it will cause the passenger to want to leave the car as quickly as possible to preserve the person’s life. Accidents with an Uber or Lyft car can be deadly serious, no one can blame a passenger who wants to quickly exit an Uber or Lyft vehicle with a highly reckless driver at the wheel.
Can I Sue Uber and Do I Have a Case? What Are My Rights as a Passenger?
Yes, you can sue and have a case when you are kicked out of an Uber or Lyft car. Passengers in Uber and Lyft cars are trusting the drivers to drive safely, and not to assault them. Passenger aren’t expecting to be physically abused and injured by the driver of Uber or Lyft vehicles. You have the right as a passenger to be safely taken from point to point, and not to be threatened, assaulted, kicked out, forcibly thrown or otherwise hurt while getting out of the car. You have the right to be taken in a car with a driver who is not intent on injuring you before, during, or after the ride.
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Call us now, even though you are still recovering from your injuries being forced or kicked out from an Uber or Lyft vehicle. We will be able to get the ball rolling on your lawsuit, based on the merits of your case. We will give you a free consultation. We are here for you, and we can help you in your time of need. We will explain the next steps to you for getting every compensation that you deserve in this type of case.