The life of 24-year-old Shane Holland was abruptly cut short on a rainy night eighteen months ago by a driver for Lyft, a San Francisco based ride company similar to Uber. Shane and his friend were on the way home from a Halloween party when they called Lyft for a ride. While driving the vehicle with Shane as a passenger, the Lyft driver abruptly swerved to avoid a disabled vehicle, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, smash into two trees, and kill Shane Holland.
A lawsuit was filed against Uber after one of its drivers caused a collision in Miami Beach, Florida. The suit was brought by Richard Day, M.D. and his wife Jean Day. Dr. and Mrs. Day were in town for a medical conference in December of 2015. The couple requested an Uber ride, and driver Ingrid Parra picked them up from the Eden Roc Hotel. Ms. Parra immediately crashed into another car after turning into traffic along Collins Avenue. Ms. Parra was issued a citation for failing to yield to oncoming traffic.
Houston's transportation options have shrunk. On November 20, Lyft, a car service competitor of Uber and taxicabs, ceased operations. The cessations comes after both Lyft and Uber worked for months to get Houston's city council to legalize their ride sharing platforms in the face of stiff opposition from taxi companies and drivers. Now, however, Lyft has decided that the regulations that the city put into place are too onerous and aren't worth the cost associated with compliance.