Lyft Accidents and Insurance
Lyft has become a household name in most of America.
Many people are now driving for Lyft as a full-time job.
Look around in any major city and you will see that Lyft drivers are basically as popular as taxi cabs.
Throughout their rapid expansion, these ride share companies have attracted their fair share of bad press.
If you drive for Lyft, or if you are a frequent passenger in Lyft vehicles, you should get familiar with their insurance policies in case of an accident.
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Common Causes For Lyft Accidents
Causes of the most common traffic accidents involving Lyft drivers
- Distractions caused by the use of the mobile phones
- Accidents caused by technological failures of the vehicle like navigation, etc
- Speed is still a major cause of automobile accidents
- Mechanical failure like bad brakes, tire blowouts, etc.
- Accidents caused by unmarked areas, poor visibility or defective roads, dead-end streets, etc
- Accidents at intersections
- Agressive driving
- Driving tired
Can I Save Money if I Fight Lyft Insurance Companies Alone?
What are your rights in an accident related to Lyft as a passenger or driver?
The guidelines described above may seem confusing, however, it should be remembered that companies like Lyft weren’t born until 2009.
The laws and regulations that regulate them are not even a decade old.
With many gray areas, it is particularly important that you are represented by our experienced Lyft accident lawyers.
The lawyers at Avrek Law will fight the insurance companies to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
That is why Avrek Lawyers should be your first choice if you are involved in a Lyft accident in California.
Why is a Lyft Rideshare Accident Different?
Believe it or not, many Lyft drivers enter this business without ever giving thought to the idea that their insurance premiums and deductible can change.
For this reason, it is crucial that you look at this before accepting your first ride in order to avoid fines issued by Lyft or by your insurance company.
For example, most coverages do not insure the driver when they are “for-hire”.
On the other hand, some auto insurance policies have been created to provide Lyft drivers with the proper coverage needed to get out safely.
In addition, companies like Lyft usually provide additional coverage for drivers in order to supplement their personal policy when needed.
The policies in these types of companies fluctuate a lot, so be sure to keep up with the current changes and updates.
Choosing to offer your services as a Lyft driver can be financially rewarding, but make sure that you and your passengers are properly protected in the event of an accident.
It is recommended that you contact your insurance provider to learn more about the specific options available to you in case you want to become a rental driver.
What Steps To Take After an Accident With Lyft Driver
If you drive a car or are just a passenger, accidents are going to happen, but it’s best to plan ahead.
Using any rideshare platform like Lyft offers a unique situation when it comes to insurance and accidents.
Follow these basic steps if you are injured in an accident involving a Lyft driver.
- Seek medical attention immediately if necessary
- Call the police and make sure a police report is taken
- Talk to witnesses that saw the crash happen
- Take photographs or video of the accident scene, etc.
- Contact our rideshare accident attorneys
Can I Sue Lyft if a Lyft Driver Hit My Car?
Lawsuits are being filed because Lyft drivers are responsible for causing some accidents.
Like any accident, filing a claim and getting a settlement can be very complicated.
Do not try to fight the insurance companies alone.
Call us today at 866-598-5548 for help and get answers to your questions.
What damages can I recover in a Lyft accident?
If you have been injured in a Lyft accident, your medical bills can put a lot of pressure on your finances. All the time you go without work because of your injury will only make things worse.
Fortunately, you can include compensation for loss of income in your claim.
- What is included in lost income?
Lost income can include much more than regular wages. Traditionally, California courts have ruled that personal injury victims deserve compensation for all types of income that are lost due to their injuries, including sick days, vacation days, bonuses, and other benefits.
- 3 types of evidence are needed
In order to demonstrate that you need compensation for loss of income, the following 3 types of proof are needed:
Proof of income: Obviously, you will have to prove the income you had before suffering the injury that left you unable to work. In most cases, proof of payment is proof enough, but if you have income from a non-traditional job it may be necessary to delve into your tax records, bank statements, etc.
Injury testing: It is also critical to prove that you were injured in the accident and that these injuries prevented you from working for the specified period of time for which you are seeking compensation. Medical reports alone are usually not enough; we also need to get a detailed account of your doctor’s injuries, along with a prognosis about your recovery that indicates when you might be healthy enough to go back to work. This helps prevent the defense from arguing that your injuries were not serious enough for you to be unable to work for as long as you claim.
Proof of liability: Finally, we need to be sure that we can prove that the Lyft is, in fact, responsible for your injuries and therefore responsible for all forms of compensation you may need, including loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, etc.
Many different types of documentation may be used to demonstrate liability, depending on the nature of the case.
For example, in a car accident you may have the police report, eyewitness statements, photos of the scene of the accident, and perhaps even the analysis of an expert accident reconstructionist.
Who Drives For Lyft?
To be part of this company, which already has presence in several countries around the world, there are several options.
Drivers can work just a few hours a day or full time.
The official website of the company claims that a Lyft driver can earn up to $800 while only driving Friday nights and weekends.
The driver receives a portion of what the passenger pays for the service, which is automatically deposited into an account each week.
To be part of this company, drivers must be at least 21 years old and have an iPhone or Android phone.
As part of the approval process, candidates’ driving records are revised, as well as their criminal history in the county and in the country.
Prospects must present their social security number and a driver’s license, which must have been issued at least one year before.
Drivers work in their own cars, so the requirements for vehicles are that they have four external handles on the doors and at least five safety belts.
The driver must also have insurance and have the state plates where he lives.
In total, the inspection of the car must exceed 19 requirements.
Also, there are requirements for the age of the vehicles; but this varies depending on each state of the country.