In the last decade or so, ride-sharing apps have become entrenched in our daily lives. While it was common for many in the business world to use a car service to get from place to place in prior years, society as a whole now relies on these options as a reliable mode of transit. Some people even bypass public transportation completely in favor of a more comfortable ride from point A to point B.

Although it’s convenient, it’s important to remember that passage via a door-to-door ride can still have its risks and uncertainties. On August 2, that underlying reality was confirmed when a Lyft driver struck and killed a man.

The driver lost his concentration that afternoon and collided with a utility worker. Julio Angel Flores Figueroa, 55, was marking utilities on the median of Southern Boulevard, when he was hit by the 2020 Chevy Malibu ride-sharing vehicle, which had veered off to the left. 

In a statement, Lyft expressed its condolences for the victim’s family and announced accountable action.

“We are heartbroken by this incident. Our hearts are with the victim’s loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. We have removed the driver from the Lyft platform and stand ready to assist law enforcement however we can.” Via

The driver of the Malibu was treated for minor injuries after the accident. During the time of the collision, the Lyft driver had two passengers in his vehicle, both of whom appear to be unharmed.

The reason for the driver’s distraction is still being investigated.

Most of the ride sharing apps give passengers the ability to rate their drivers. In light of this incident, it might be prudent to review a potential driver’s rating, and any comments that might be present regarding the safety of the person’s driving.

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath expresses its condolences to Figueroa’s family and friends. Motor vehicle accidents can immediately change the course of many lives, and the firm stands ready to help navigate these tough times. Feel free to give us a call at (561) 655-1990.