Lyft Accident Lawyer
When you have been involved in an accident with a Lyft driver or while riding a Lyft, you need a Lyft lawyer to take care of it all. Our Lyft accident lawyers will immediately begin to investigate the accident and give you the best representation possible in a claim or lawsuit against Lyft. The lawyers at the Willis Law Firm fight hard to get Lyft injury compensation for both passengers and drivers after an accident occurs and the rider or driver suffers serious injuries.
Why hire a Lyft Lawyer? Failing to hire an attorney could cost you thousands of dollars in your accident recovery against Lyft. As the number 2 rideshare company in the USA, Lyft performs millions of rides every year. As with any time one enters an automobile, there is always the risk of an accident, especially when rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft perform billions of rides each year. When a Lyft driver is distracted by the Lyft app on their phone or has an extremely poor driving record the company that should have shown up on driving record research, the company may become a negligent actor and be liable to the injured party.
Lyft Accident Lawyer
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Lyft Distracted Driving
Were you involved in a Lyft accident where you were certain the driver was distracted, intoxicated, or impaired? Did you suffer an injury from a Lyft accident? If your Lyft or Uber driver was negligent in their driving behavior and caused a wreck, you need a lawyer to investigate immediately. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your injuries because the Lyft driver was distracted, drunk, high, or impaired by another method.
For some background, while the rideshare companies tout their increased background check frequency as an improved safety measure, drivers still are not given any sort of physical driving instruction. There are videos drivers can watch and online training available, but not usually required. One of our lawyers even signed up to be an Uber driver a couple of years ago. All he had to do was submit his vehicle information, a valid driver’s license, insurance information, check a few boxes, and he was on his way to giving his first ride. Drivers, it is not always your fault either. The company constantly lets down their employees, who they (for liability protection) insist on calling independent contractors.
Lyft Hit Me While Walking
If at the time of your Uber or Lyft accident, you were a pedestrian and were struck by a driver, you too are entitled to make a claim against Uber or Lyft for your damages. The driver may have been looking at their phone to accept another Lyft ride, make a phone call, texting someone, or another form of negligence that is responsible for your injury. Do not delay and contact a Lyft attorney today and find out how you can maximize your recovery against Uber and Lyft.
$1 Million Uber and Lyft Insurance Policy
The timing and structure of Uber and Lyft’s insurance is quite similar. If you visited our Uber page, you probably understand there are 4 stages we classify a driver’s activities into. When seeking a claim against Lyft, it is vital to know what stage the driver was in when the accident occurred. The stages are:
• Stage 0
o The Lyft driver is driving personally, no Lyft driver application is open or running in the background on his/her phone.
• Stage 1
o The driver now has their app open. He or she is currently operating the app but has not paired with a rider yet. They may be on their phone using the app or waiting for a ride request.
• Stage 2
o A ride has been requested and the driver has accepted it or paired with the passenger. The Lyft Driver is now on their way to pick them up.
• Stage 3
o The passenger has been picked up and is on their way to the destination. The stage lasts until the passenger has been dropped off, completing the transaction.
When the driver is in Stage 0 or Stage 1, Lyft has a legitimate argument for arguing the driver was not acting as an employee and was not operating in the scope of the rideshare business. That argument might be pierced if the driver was distracted by looking at the Uber or Lyft driver application while driving and had a wreck or hit a pedestrian.
When the driver is in Stage 2 or 3, the Lyft $1 Million liability insurance policy is activated. At this point, the driver is operating on behalf of Lyft and injuries suffered from a Lyft wreck in this stage will be covered under the corporate insurance policy.
What are the Insurance Requirements for Lyft?
Rideshare companies love to argue that their drivers are not “Lyft drivers” or “Uber Drivers” and they are instead “third party contractors” operating their personal vehicles doing part-time work. The reality is many drivers work full time for these companies to earn a living, operate under employee guidelines and expectations like any other company. It is simply a liability shield by the company and to keep costs down from having to provide any real salary or benefits. What is important to the company is that every driver maintains his or her own Lyft insurance policy.
After being in an accident or wreck involving an Uber or Lyft, clients, lawyers, drivers, passengers all must ask which insurance policy applies. The driver’s personal policy has minimums mandated by each state, or the Uber corporate policy which has up to one-million dollars in coverage and even more in some states. The limits of coverage required for Lyft operators are a million dollars in liability, under/uninsured motorist coverage. Additionally, there are smaller limits in coverage when the driver’s application is operational, yet the driver has not paired or accepted a ride request. Amounts in that phase are typically $50,000/$100,000 for liability coverage and $25,000 for property damage.
How to File a Claim Against Lyft
When a Lyft accident occurs and you need an attorney, call the Willis Law Firm. We can and will help you every step of the way from getting the right medical care, gathering and preserving evidence, and making a successful recovery against Lyft. Before you talk to the insurance adjuster trying to make you settle your claim and go away, talk to an experienced injury lawyer.
The Willis Law Firm always provides free and private case consultations to discuss the best course of action for you and your potential lawsuit. We do not win, unless you win. Nothing paid out of pocket unless there is a successful recovery for you. Fill out the form on this page or call us today at 1-800-883-9858. Contact us today.