If you have been injured in an accident involving a Lyft rideshare vehicle or driver, you need help and guidance from experienced rideshare attorneys who have a thorough understanding of the complex laws in California pertaining to rideshare accidents. Whether you were a passenger in Lyft vehicle or whether you were a driver, pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcyclist struck by the driver of a Lyft rideshare vehicle, negligence is an important factor, just as it is in any other car accident.
If a negligent Lyft driver has caused your injuries, you will be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. It is important that you get an experienced Los Angeles Lyft accident attorney on your side as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
What Types of Services Does Lyft Provide?
For example the Lyft Standard service is the lowest-cost service for rides shared by up to four passengers in a standard sedan. Lyft Line is a service that matches riders who are traveling in the same direction. With this service, passengers share the cost of the ride, which means they pay less.
Lyft also offers more luxurious rides. Lyft Lux offers a premium black car service typically involving luxury vehicles. The rideshare company also caters to larger groups. Lyft Plus offers rideshare options for groups of six or more passengers who are traveling together. And Lyft Premier claims to give passengers a “super luxury service” in a high-end vehicle.
Lyft is a rideshare company. You need to download the Lyft app onto your smartphone and request rides using the app. The app then connects passengers to Lyft drivers who use GPS technology to locate and pick up passengers, and transport them to their respective destinations.
Rideshare options such as Lyft have surged in popularity because they tend to be cheaper than traditional taxicabs. Also, because Lyft drivers are able to respond expeditiously to passenger requests and the fare for the ride is paid through the app, the entire experience is extremely quick and convenient for riders.
Who Can Be Held Liable for an Accident Involving a Lyft Vehicle?
Depending on the circumstances and facts of the case, Lyft and/or the driver operating a Lyft vehicle can be held liable for an accident that results in injuries or fatalities. But, there are three important factors that may play a role when it comes to determining whether or not the rideshare driver was in fact on the job at the time of the accident.
- The Lyft driver must have been logged on to the app at the time and connected to a passenger.
- A ride must have been accepted and the Lyft driver must have been en route to pick up the passenger.
- The passenger was already in the rideshare vehicle being transported to his or her destination.
If the app is off at the time of an accident, the Lyft driver's personal auto insurance must help compensate the injured victim. Like all motorists, Lyft drivers should have basic auto insurance coverage required under California law ($15,000 bodily injury coverage per person/$30,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident and $5,000 property damage coverage per accident).
If the app is on, but the Lyft driver has not been connected to a passenger, the driver must have additional coverage — $50,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per injured person, $100,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per accident and $30,000 in coverage for property damage per accident. During this period, Lyft must also provide additional $200,000 in liability insurance. That changes once a passenger gets in the vehicle. In such cases Lyft is required to carry a mandatory minimum of $1 million in auto insurance to cover the damages in case of an injury accident.
Lyft and other rideshare companies have argued that they should not be held liable for car accidents because rideshare drivers are not employees, but independent contractors. This is why it is critical to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles Lyft accident attorney if you have been injured in an accident involving a Lyft vehicle. Because these cases could involve a number of liable parties including Lyft, the company's insurer, the driver's insurance company and other drivers and their insurance carriers, they can get extremely complex.
If You're Involved in a Los Angeles Lyft Accident
If you have been involved in an accident involving a Lyft vehicle, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your rights. First, call 911 so injured parties can get prompt medical attention. Be sure to file a police report and obtain a copy for your records. Take photographs and videos of the accident scene if possible, and obtain contact information for anyone who might have witnessed the accident. If you were injured while riding in a Lyft vehicle, call Lyft and follow the process for reporting the accident. It is also important that you get prompt medical attention and care.
Because of the complexities involved in these cases, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced Los Angeles Lyft accident attorney who will fight for your rights and help ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your losses. Call the Vaziri Law Group at 877-812-1085 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.