Lyft and similar TNC (Transportation Network Carrier) services in its niche provide a popular service to people who need rides, typically for less than cab fare. Lyft has seen powerful growth in California, with thousands of drivers offering their services through the Lyft app and just a click away from potential riders. However, with this growth, there’s been an uptick in the number of Lyft accident claims, since Lyft vehicles are subject to the same sorts of accidents you’d see in traditional passenger cars, trucks, SUVs and vans. Lyft accidents may involve Lyft drivers, riders, people in other cars on the road, and even pedestrians.
If you have been involved in an accident, whether as a passenger or driver for Lyft, or if you were in a car driven by a Lyft driver on duty or a pedestrian hit by a Lyft vehicle, you have the same rights to recover compensation that other accidents victims enjoy. Get in touch with Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and their team of Palm Springs Lyft accident attorneys to find out how you can collect damages and other compensation, based on the severity and nature of your Lyft injury.
Complex Nuances of Lyft Accident Claims
When you sustain an injury in a Lyft accident, determining where and on whom to cast liability can be complex, since several parties may share the fault. Lyft, for example, may be held liable, the driver of the vehicle may be held accountable, or even another driver on the street. How and when the accident occurs is an important part of determining liability. It is also important whether the driver is signed onto the Lyft app and if other cars were involved in the accident, and to what extent. Your role in the scenario also matters whether you are the passenger, the driver, riding in a separate vehicle, or just walking down the street.
In California, Lyft carries a standard $50K/$100K bodily injury policy that goes into effect when its drivers log on to its app. This policy is in force until the driver accepts a rider; after a rider request is officially accepted, the liability on Lyft’s policy expands to $1 million. If the driver is not logged onto the Lyft app, then Lyft’s policy is not in force. Any claims when Lyft’s policy is not in force will fall on the driver’s personal auto policy. In the case of another vehicle causing the Lyft accident, the other driver’s policy would be required to address any claims that arise from the accident.
Contacting a Palm Springs Lyft Accident Attorney
As you can see, Lyft claims can be a bit tricky, especially since Lyft accidents and liability represent relatively new territory in the legal system. For this reason, it is important to work with an attorney who has experience dealing with ridesharing accident. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and our Palm Springs Uber accident attorney understand the unique nuances of Lyft claims and are ready to help you file for the compensation to which you are entitled. Schedule your no-obligation case review now.