What Happens if Your Lyft Driver Gets Into an Accident?
With rideshare companies becoming more and more popular, many people wonder, what happens if your Lyft driver gets into an accident? The answer depends on the circumstances of the crash and whether your Lyft driver or another motorist is at fault. Either way, you may be able to seek compensation for any injuries and/or loss of property that results from the accident, whether it be from Lyft, your driver’s insurance company, or the insurance of another motorist. Lyft itself insures passengers for up to $1 million in damages. Of course, insurance companies usually don’t want to pay out any more money than they have to, so it’s smart to work with a Lyft accident lawyer from Ellis Law. These talented lawyers are well-versed in the newest California state laws and are ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding the new legal realities that the rideshare industry presents.
Why do Lyft accidents happen?
Put simply, Lyft accidents happen as any other car accident would happen. They are usually the result of a driver disobeying the rules of the road or driving while impaired, sleepy, or distracted. Lyft incentivizes drivers to accept 90% of available rides and to drive at least 30 hours a week while completing at least 65 rides. Drivers who are in danger of missing these goals may speed, weave in and out of traffic, and blow through stop signs or red lights. In fact, studies have linked the increased number of Uber and Lyft drivers on the road with an increase in fatal car accidents. Other times, drivers are operating on limited sleep (since most drivers work another job), intoxicated, or distracted by the Lyft app itself.
Who is at fault for a rideshare accident?
Determining liability in any car accident can be difficult, especially ones that involve a third party. Rideshare companies have been trying to keep their drivers classified as “independent contractors” for years, in order to avoid paying benefits, taxes and having to insure them. California’s recently enacted “gig-worker” bill hopes to change that; reclassifying Lyft drivers as employees. But the question of who is at fault in a crash; the driver solely, the company or both parties, is very complicated in this new legal landscape.
The first thing a Lyft accident attorney will do is to try and determine who is liable for the accident by examining all available evidence. Was the accident caused by a driver on an active ride? Was the crash caused during pick up or drop off? Was it caused by the actions of another driver on the road, or by the person operating the Lyft? By answering these questions, your legal team will have a clear picture of who is liable for your accident.
No consultation fees for accident victims
As a passenger, you have a right to a reasonably safe ride. This means a safe vehicle and a responsible driver. Ellis Law offers free consultations to anyone who has been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, including Lyft and Uber accidents. Our legal pros will examine the circumstances of your crash and help you decide how to proceed. We can use a team that includes crash reconstructionists, law enforcement experts, doctors, and auto mechanics to figure out who exactly was responsible for your crash, and what a fair settlement amount would be.
Of course, not every accident leads to a generous compensation amount, but it’s always worth meeting with a personal injury lawyer and finding out what your options are. If we think you have a strong case, we can represent you with no upfront legal fees. We don’t get paid a nickel unless we show you results.
Don’t leave money on the table
If you suffer injuries as a passenger in a Lyft, you may be offered settlements from your driver’s insurance company, another motorist’s insurance company or from Lyft themselves. Be aware, these are most likely lowball offers that are contingent on you waiving your right to seek further compensation. Make sure you have an attorney who represents your interests look over the evidence and settlement amounts before you accept anything.
The right personal injury lawyer will make sure you’re seeking the full amount you need to cover your medical bills, ongoing medical care, lost income and lost income potential, property damage, and to make up for your pain and suffering. A serious accident can turn your world on its edge, but a fair compensation package can help you get back on your feet.