Lyft Drivers, accidents & lawsuits
Not so warm and fuzzy
Rideshare company Lyft has positioned itself as the kinder, gentler alternative to the bossy 900-pound gorilla known as Uber, the biggest player in the growing rideshare industry. Where Uber is corporate, Lyft is approachable. Where Uber is serious, Lyft is whimsical. Lyft wants you to feel comfortable and secure when you summon one of its drivers for a ride.
But Lyft drivers still get into accidents. And when those accidents result in lawsuits, you can bet that the company isn’t so warm and fuzzy then.
That’s why, if you’ve been involved in a Lyft accident that was not your fault, you’ll want the top-notch attorneys of TheLawFirm.com on your side. We’ve been handling personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for years, and we know how to win them. We can help you win your suit against Lyft.
What is Lyft?
Lyft is a rideshare, or ride-hailing, company that uses a smartphone app to connect people who need rides with people who are effectively on-call cab drivers who work for the company. Lyft drivers are “everyday people” who often drive for the company as a source of extra income.
Lyft operates in more than 200 U.S. cities, and offers several tiers of service:
• Lyft: The standard service, for up to four passengers
• Lyft Line: A carpooling service that matches multiple riders who are headed in the same direction
• Lyft Plus: Service for up to six passengers
• Lyft Premier: A high-end option for passengers who want to ride in a luxury car.
Who drives for Lyft?
Most Lyft drivers are “everyday people” who have some extra time and wish to use their cars to earn some extra money. But not just anyone will be accepted as a Lyft driver. All drivers must meet certain requirements:
• Lyft drivers must be aged 21 or older
• Lyft drivers must undergo a DMV check, as well as county and national background checks that go back at least seven years.
• Lyft drivers are disqualified for felonies, sexual offenses, drug-related convictions, and violent crimes.
• Lyft drivers must have in-state license plates.
• Lyft drivers must be a covered party on their car’s insurance policy.
In some cases, Lyft drivers must apply for an obtain certain city or state business permits.
Additionally, all Lyft vehicles must pass a 19-point vehicle inspection, as well as any other city and/or state safety requirements. Lyft vehicles must have four external door handles and at least five seatbelts.
What kind of insurance do Lyft drivers have?
Because Lyft knows that it could get into a lot of trouble if its drivers were uninsured, the company requires every driver to have several kinds of insurance.
• Contingent liability: This covers drivers who are “on call” and waiting to receive a ride request. • Primary liability: This $1 million maximum per-accident policy is the chief coverage from the start of a ride until the end of a ride.
• Contingent collision and comprehensive coverage: If a Lyft driver’s personal auto insurance policy has collision or comprehensive coverage, Lyft’s policy covers physical damage to the driver’s vehicle.
• Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: For Lyft, this form of insurance maxes out at $1 million per incident.
What kinds of accidents are Lyft vehicles involved in?
Lyft vehicles are subject to the same kinds of hazards to which all other vehicles are subject. Road conditions, weather conditions, other drivers’ recklessness – all of these factors affect Lyft vehicles just as they affect all other vehicles.
However, since Lyft drivers are required to refer frequently to their smartphone screens, studies have suggested that rideshare drivers could be more distracted than the average driver.
Lyft accidents can result in:
• traumatic brain injuries
• spinal cord injuries
• neck injuries, including whiplash
• back injuries
• internal organ damage
What kinds of lawsuits are usually filed against Lyft?
Most Lyft lawsuits concern one of two categories of accidents
• accidents in which a Lyft customer is injured when the Lyft vehicle in which he or she is riding is involved in a collision
• accidents in which a driver, passenger, or pedestrian is struck by a Lyft vehicle.
If you’ve been involved in any kind of Lyft accident, TheLawFirm.com can help you obtain the financial compensation to which you may be entitled.
Lyft vehicles are well-insured, and, by definition, if you’re involved in a Lyft accident, that accident is not your fault. For these reasons, TheLawFirm.com believes that we’ll be able to help you win your case.
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