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No one wants to imagine getting into a car accident when riding with a Lyft, whether you are a ride-share driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian. Broken glass, burning rubber, and metal on metal are telltale signs of a Lyft ride gone wrong.
When you get into the backseat of a Lyft, you expect to reach your destination on time and in one piece. But those plans go out the window when someone slams into you on the road.
The truth is that accidents happen all the time. But when your accident involves a rideshare company, it can be a bit more complicated, so it is important to know what your options are if an accident does occur and you are injured.
That’s where our team steps in.
At Abogados Centro Legal, our team of Lyft accident lawyers is familiar with the complexities of rideshare wrecks. We have years of experience helping victims win fair compensation, and we’ll fight to get you every dollar you deserve.
While rideshare services have added convenient choices of driver-for-hire services, an accident in a Lyft is not uncommon. Whether you are a passenger in a ride-share vehicle or the driver, liability will generally depend on who was at fault for the collision.
Determining fault in a rideshare accident is very similar to determining fault in a personal auto collision. However, the way insurance steps in when the injured party seeks reimbursement is a little different. When legal complications arise as to who is responsible for the injuries sustained, rideshare accidents can send you reeling into physical and financial turmoil.
A Lyft accident claim can help you recover some of your losses by providing compensation for damages like:
When dealing with a major corporation like Lyft, you’d expect that getting compensation was as simple as filing a claim and waiting your turn. But Lyft has special rules that protect them from accident claims, which means there are some grey areas in these types of cases.
Fortunately, our firm understands Lyft insurance policies and knows how to leverage them to recover compensation for you.
For traditional drivers, liability and compensation are relatively straightforward, as they are covered by their standard personal auto insurance policy. This means that when you are involved in a car accident, you can make a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance policy and be reimbursed for your expenses and other damages.
However, personal auto insurance policies often contain a business use exclusion where coverage does not apply when the driver is using their vehicle for a commercial purpose. Here’s the thing—Lyft drivers are not employees of the company. They’re independent contractors. They work with the company instead of for the company, and, as such, a Lyft passenger cannot sue the company for a driver’s negligence.
However, legally, Lyft is still required to provide insurance coverage for drivers and passengers in case of a vehicle accident. And here’s another catch— the insurance coverage is “in excess” of the driver’s auto insurance coverage and will only apply under certain circumstances.
Those circumstances include the following:
So, if the Lyft app was off, you can only seek damages from the driver, not the company. Policy limits and coverage types will differ with each scenario. Our Birmingham rideshare accident attorney can help you determine if you’re covered and, if so, which policy applies.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of Lyft accidents. Lyft drivers must multitask between using the company’s app and navigating roadways. Although the company has strict policies regarding how and when to use the app, this may not stop drivers from disobeying the law.
Other factors that may contribute to Lyft accidents include:
But negligence isn’t always on the part of the Lyft driver. Our lawyers can investigate the crash to determine liability and pursue compensation from the at-fault party.
Success in your case will depend on the strength of your legal argument, how quickly you get started, and the legal representation you choose for your case.
Here’s how you can put yourself in the best position to win.
A personal injury claim must prove that someone was at-fault (i.e. negligent)and in order to recover fair compensation for your injuries, you have the burden of proof to show that the driver or other party was negligent in your case.
To do so, you will have to prove:
Alabama statutes require that you file your lawsuit within two years of the accident, or you will lose your right to compensation. These things take time, and justice can’t be achieved overnight.
But the longer you wait to file a claim, the more you prolong the process, and the greater the possibility that vital evidence is lost in your case.
You don’t have to do this alone, and you shouldn’t. Rideshare companies like Lyft and their insurance providers have ample resources. Abogados Centro Legal understands the tactics they use to dismiss or reduce valid claims, and can protect you against it by defending you in your car accident case.
When a Lyft ride leads to injury, you have the right to seek compensation. Our attorneys at Abogados Centro Legal want to ensure you get it by representing you in your claim.
Contact our office today to get a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing unless we’re successful.
Riders and Lyft drivers must report a car crash to the company immediately. Lyft’s insurance company will handle car accidents directly.
While the insurance investigates the accident, Lyft will temporarily deactivate the at-will contractor’s driving privileges until they decide what happens next. Depending on the outcome, the employee may no longer be able to drive for Lyft in the future.
No – Lyft is not liable for the negligence of an individual who is not under their employ. Lyft is less likely to be legally responsible for the actions of independent contractors as compared to its own official employees. There are exceptions to this rule, but they are few and far between.
Bringing a lawsuit against the company should be reserved for actions of gross negligence or if you sustained severe injuries. Otherwise, it may be an expensive and worthless endeavor.
If the Lyft driver was actively working, when you were injured in the collision you might have a claim against Lyft’s insurance.
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In Alabama a personal injury claim or lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident. In other words, if someone was injured on November 30, 2020, the deadline to file your personal injury claim or lawsuit is November 30, 2022.