Whether you need a ride to LAX or Burbank to catch a flight or you need a ride home from the Antelope Valley Winery, ordering a ride through your Lyft app can be a convenient option. Lyft makes getting a ride to your destination easy, but difficulties arise if you are involved in a Lyft accident, especially if the Lyft driver is at fault and you are looking to Lyft for insurance coverage.
Lyft’s website details its insurance coverage policy and whether or not it covers an accident depends on the driver’s status at the time of the accident as described below:
It is important to note that the above referenced general policy may be different in some states that have insurance coverage laws requiring different policies than stated above.
More and more often rideshare driver assault and abuse are being reported. Questions that arise in these situations include: Is Lyft doing enough to protect its passengers and provide safe rides? Are the Lyft driver background checks accurate and thorough enough? On a positive note, Lyft has announced that it has lifted its mandatory arbitration and confidentiality clauses for passengers who claim to have been sexually assaulted by a Lyft driver. When you initially sign up with Lyft, you (often unknowingly) “agree” to a mandatory arbitration and confidentiality clause. Fortunately, Lyft has done away with that requirement for sexual assault victims. If you have been involved in a Lyft accident or assaulted by a Lyft driver, contact a Lyft accident attorney at Compass Law Group, PC. to schedule a consultation.
Recent California Supreme Court case law determined that an employer misclassified drivers of a delivery company as independent contractors and the Court held that the delivery drivers were actually company employees. This case may call the Lyft drivers’ independent contractor classification into question. As a result, it may also call Lyft’s responsibility and insurance coverage policy into question as well because employers take on more responsibility for their employees than they do for independent contractors.
You may hear that you cannot sue Lyft and that their insurance does not cover accidents unless a driver has accepted a ride at the time of the accident. The fact is, rideshare case law is far from settled in California. You should be able to recover for your injuries sustained as a result of a Lyft driver’s negligence or intentional acts. If you have been injured through the fault of a Lyft driver, contact a Lyft accident attorney at Compass Law Group. Our goal is to see that you are compensated for your injuries and damages caused by Lyft and/or its drivers.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.