Allen VaysbergIf you have been injured in an accident and a Lyft vehicle was involved, call Lyft accident attorney Allen Vaysberg today for a free consultation. The amount of compensation you receive for your Lyft accident injuries may be drastically increased by having an experienced rideshare injury lawyer by your side. Our law firm has recovered millions of dollars for injured Lyft accident victims in the greater Los Angeles, CA and southern California area.

What is Lyft?

Lyft is what’s known as a transportation network company that’s based out of San Francisco. Like Uber, it’s available in nearly 100 cities in California, and Los Angeles is one of those cities. It operates off of the Lyft mobile communication application. Users download the application, and they enter their personal information along with an acceptable form of payment like a credit card.

They can then request a ride from a Lyft driver in or around their area who is on duty and logged into the Lyft system. Wait time averages about four minutes. Riders are sent photos of the vehicle picking them up and the driver. You’ll know the Lyft car when it arrives. There’s a big pink mustache on the grill of every vehicle that’s associated with Lyft.

In Los Angeles, CA, people take Lyft home from bars, to commute to work, or from LAX to their destinations in Long Beach, Valencia and other destinations such as Hollywood. Basically, they take Lyft to many of the places they used to take a taxicab to.

Whether or not rideshare drivers are independent contractors or employees has been the subject of much litigation in recent years in California. If you have been involved in an accident involving a Lyft driver, it is important that your attorney knows how to navigate the legal issues involved regarding agency, vicarious liability and course and scope of employment.

Lyft drivers’ liability coverage with their personal auto insurance does not typically provide coverage after a Lyft accident unless supplemental ridesharing coverage was purchased. If no ridesharing coverage was obtained then Lyft’s insurance coverage can apply. Accident claims can quickly become confusing after an accident of this nature, so be sure to contact a Lyft accident attorney immediately about being injured in an accident.

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Should I Talk to Lyft or the Other Driver’s Insurance if I’ve Been Seriously Injured?

Anything you say to Lyft could potentially impact your future claim.

If you are a Lyft passenger involved in a crash, usually within minutes a member of Lyft’s “Trust and Safety Team” will be contacting you to open an internal report. While this may appear like great customer service, be aware that ride-sharing and insurance companies such as Uber and Lyft have an interest in limiting the amount they must pay for your injuries.

You have the right to consult with a Lyft accident attorney before speaking about your car accident, your injury, or any property damage you suffered in the crash. Schedule a free consultation with a Lyft accident attorney from the Law Offices of Steers & Associates as soon as you can. In your free case evaluation, we’ll help you understand the next steps you can take to get the settlement you deserve.

Do Lyft Drivers Have Insurance?

There are special insurance requirements for transportation network companies such as Lyft. In LA, and the rest of California, Lyft is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Drivers who use Lyft may be in various “periods” depending on if they’re using Lyft, on the way to pick up a passenger, or if they have a passenger in their vehicle.

Those periods are:

  • Personal Policy: Under California State Law AB 2293, a driver’s personal insurance policy does not cover their rideshare driving unless they’ve also purchased ridesharing coverage.
  • Period 1: Period 1 begins when a driver logs in to “driver mode” in the Lyft App, and ends when they accept a ride request, known as a “match notification”. During this phase, Lyft provides $200k Excess Liability.
  • Period 2: Period 2 begins when a Lyft driver accepts a ride request. As of 2017, Lyft offers $1 million in liability insurance and $1 million in uninsured / under-insured motorist coverage. This insurance is in effect until the passenger is dropped off at their destination.

How Are People Injured in Lyft Accidents?

There are many different ways people can be injured in a car accident involving a Los Angeles Lyft related automobile, here are just a few:

  • Lyft driver is injured as a result of someone’s negligence
  • Lyft driver is distracted or negligent and causes an accident
  • A passenger is injured in a Lyft driver’s vehicle
  • Another vehicle is hit by a Lyft driver’s car
  • A pedestrian or bicyclist is hit by a Lyft driver

Damages Recoverable in Lyft Accidents

If you’ve been injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of a Lyft driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. Those might consist of:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost earnings
  • Any permanent disfigurement
  • Any permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of a normal life

Contact a Los Angeles Lyft Accident Attorney Today

If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident involving a Los Angeles Lyft vehicle, you don’t want to be in a position of having to negotiate your own settlement. Lyft might sound concerned about your injuries, but once those courtroom doors close, and a trial starts, you can expect a courtroom battle.

As accident attorneys, we’re knowledgeable, experienced, and aggressive auto accident lawyers, and we know how Lyft tries to exculpate itself from liability in accident cases. A free consultation with our law firm after any Lyft accident allows you the best opportunity for learning your options when it comes to insurance coverage and liability coverage. Never give a written or recorded statement to Lyft or its insurance company. It will only be used against you in the future. Contact us first for a consultation and case evaluation after any Lyft accident that occurred anywhere in CA.

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