Chula Vista citizens are using Lyft in bigger numbers than ever before. Lyft, a Transportation Network Carrier service, is similar to Uber; people who need transportation log on to the Lyft app, request a ride, and then arrange a ride with a Lyft driver, much in the same way that they’d call a traditional cab or taxi. Lyft has thousands of drivers throughout California, and the increase in the number of people taking advantage of Lyft’s affordable ridesharing service has led to an increase in Lyft-involved accidents. Lyft’s drivers drive cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, so they are susceptible to the same traffic and accidents that the rest of us are, although being involved in a Lyft accident can cause confusion when it comes time to file a claim related to your injuries.
Whether you were a passenger or driver, or even a passenger in another vehicle or pedestrian on the street who was harmed in a Lyft accident, you have the right to recover damages for your injuries. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and their Chula Vista Lyft accident attorney can help you collect the damages due to you so that you can get on with your life.
Lyft is relatively new in terms of providing transportation services. Although not a common carrier, people who ride with Lyft have the expectation that if they are harmed during the course of a Lyft ride, someone is going to pay for their injuries, including medical costs, time lost from work, and pain and suffering. However, Lyft claims are not so cut and dry as those that might be launched against a common carrier like a public bus. Lyft, the driver, other drivers on the road, or even the person tasked with maintaining the street on which Lyft drivers drive may all be partly or wholly to blame when it comes to a Lyft accident. Lyft accidents are complicated even further in that Lyft’s own insurance policy is only in force when the Lyft driver is actually logged in to its drivers app. Whether you are a passenger, Lyft driver, passenger in another vehicle, or a pedestrian out for a stroll also matters when it comes to who pays what and how much.
Coverage Provided by Lyft
In California, Lyft carries a liability damage policy on the cars that its drivers use, which, by the way, are personal autos. This policy has a limit of $50,000 per person and $100,000 per incident while the driver is logged in to the app but before he has accepted a rider. Once the Lyft driver accepts a passenger, then the policy limit increases to $1 million. However, if the driver is not logged in, then his own personal auto coverage is all that is in effect for the ride. If the driver is under or uninsured (which happens), then Lyft claims become even more complex. Of course, if another car on the roadway causes the accident, then it is usually that person’s policy that would be responsible for paying any claims for injuries that result.
Consulting With a Chula Vista Lyft Accident Attorney
If you’ve been in a Lyft accident, then you have enough on your plate to worry with without contending with the complexity of Lyft claims. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP has a history of dealing with ridesharing injury claims, and our Chula Vista Lyft accident attorney is ready to consult with you about your case. Arrange your no-cost consultation today.