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Los Angeles Lyft Accident Lawyers

Ridesharing offers hassle-free transportation for a night out. You don’t have to worry about drinking and driving, stop-and-go traffic, or paying for parking. We want these alternate transportation options to thrive as much as you do – BUT only if they can do so safely. 

Dealing with insurance companies following a Lyft accident can be confusing. A Lyft accident lawyer at Ellis Law Corporation can help explain your legal rights, negotiate with insurers on your behalf, and investigate the causes of the collision to make sure that you receive fair compensation from all liable parties. Call us for a free case review and get all the information you need to determine if filing a Lyft lawsuit is the right decision for you at this time.

Who Is Liable For Lyft Accidents – The Driver or The Company?

As a tort state, California requires the “at-fault” party to pay for damages. The question of liability becomes more complex when Lyft is fighting legislators to keep workers classified as “independent contractors” rather than “employees,” so they do not have to pay or insure them as such. The recently passed California Assembly Bill 5 makes it clear that companies like Lyft and DoorDash cannot evade liability based on semantics.

The amount of insurance coverage available depends on which of the following three periods you’re in when the incident occurs:

  • Period 1 – The driver is in “personal driving” mode when he or she is offline and not logged into the app. A driver’s personal insurance (minimum of $15,000 per person, $30,000 per accident, and $5,000 for property damage) applies.
  • Period 2 – The driver is in “waiting for a request” mode when he or she is logged in but has not received a ride request yet. Lyft’s contingent liability insurance may cover up to $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 for damaged property.
  • Period 3 – The driver enters “ride in progress” mode upon accepting a ride request and transporting a passenger. Lyft provides up to $1 million per accident in coverage. If you were hit by another “at-fault” driver, Lyft’s underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage could still help you obtain maximum benefits.

One million dollars may seem like considerable coverage, but insurers find all sorts of reasons to deny and minimize claims. Therefore, it is important that you work with an experienced Lyft car accident lawyer at Ellis Injury Law to protect your legal rights.

Lyft Driver Violence and Sexual Assault

Collisions aren’t the only risk to Lyft passengers. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office pursued charges against a Lyft driver they say kidnapped and raped an unconscious passenger in Van Nuys. At least 34 women have filed lawsuits against Lyft for allegedly “fostering a sexual assault epidemic.”

In addition to pursuing a criminal case against the driver, passengers may also pursue civil grounds for compensation from Lyft – particularly if they failed to conduct a background check or investigate similar complaints made against the driver.

Negligence Factors Contribute to Lyft Accidents

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have been associated with a 2-3 percent spike in traffic fatalities, according to a working paper compiled by a team at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. There are many reasons why a Lyft ride could be more dangerous than taking your own vehicle.

Factors involved in rideshare accidents include:

  • Speeding – Lyft incentivizes drivers to accept 90% of the available rides and drive at least 30 hours a week for at least 65 rides.
  • Failure to Yield – Local laws dictate where drivers can and can’t wait for rides. In one case, a DUI driver injured a pedestrian in Fullerton, allegedly driven off-course by two Lyft drivers who had been illegally parked and were taking off from their spots while looking at their phones for directions at the time of the crash.
  • Traffic Infractions – Speeding isn’t the only byproduct of a reward structure that values ridership over safety. Lyft passengers have reported drivers weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights, skipping through stop signs, and even illegally street racing other drivers.
  • Fatigue – Many drivers who work in the rideshare industry also work other jobs, using their leisure time to pick up extra money. However, this lifestyle can leave little time for sleep. Also, drivers aren’t screened for medical problems like sleep apnea that can significantly reduce alertness behind the wheel.
  • Poor Maintenance – A Consumer Reports investigation found that 1 out of 6 Lyft-registered vehicles had an unaddressed safety defect or recall. These defects included deadly Takata airbags, as well as the potential for engines to catch fire or lose power entirely. Rideshare companies say it is “the drivers’ responsibility” to maintain their vehicles.
  • Intoxication – While it is fairly uncommon for a Lyft driver to be under the influence behind the wheel, you are still sharing the road with other drivers. One man was killed, and another left with permanent brain damage after a drunk driver plowed into a Lyft vehicle in San Diego.

Regardless of the cause, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries following a Lyft crash.

Should You File a Lyft Lawsuit?

Sometimes the insurance claims process runs smoothly, and accident victims receive enough money to cover their medical expenses and property damage. Other times, a victim suffers far more than a fleeting injury. If you have broken a bone, sustained a traumatic brain injury, lost the use of a limb, received disfiguring scars, or suffered what could be a permanent disability, you need the expertise of a lawyer who can help you file a Lyft lawsuit seeking maximum compensation.

A successful lawsuit against Lyft can secure compensation for:

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Loss of enjoyment in life

If the insurer attempts to minimize, delay, or deny coverage, a jury could award you a considerable amount into the millions of dollars.

Ellis Injury Law has the resources and reputation necessary to win. A lawyer will investigate all contributing factors, seek additional evidence to substantiate your claim, negotiate with insurers on your behalf, file all paperwork, cover all upfront expenses of litigation, and consult with forensic economists to determine how much your claim is really worth. Let us take the burden off your shoulders, so you can focus on your recovery.

In addition to filing a Lyft lawsuit to get the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses, your case could help sway public opinion and legislators, and increase pressure to protect citizens from future harm.

Contact Ellis Injury Law to explore your legal options at NO upfront cost. Should we secure compensation on your behalf, our legal fee will be a predetermined percentage of your total recovery. Call today for a free case review!

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