Whether you feel like skipping the crowded Airbus from LAX, you need a sober ride home after having drinks with friends, or you need easy transportation while vacationing in Santa Barbara, Lyft and other rideshare companies are incredibly convenient. It is not uncommon for people in a green city like Santa Barbara to not own a car and use bicycles or Vespas to get around town. For those people, it is pretty nice to be able to open up a Lyft app and request a ride when the weather is not great for riding to work.
One thing that Santa Barbara Lyft accident attorneys know is that as Lyft and other rideshare companies’ popularity increases, more rideshare drivers will be on the road and more rideshare accidents will happen. Rideshare accidents are different than taxi cab and other drive for hire accidents because Uber and Lyft do not classify their drivers as employees and this allows for lower overhead costs for rideshare companies, less liability, and limited regulations. Presumably a portion of those saved costs gets passed on to keep rideshare fares relatively low. Along with that low cost, however, are concerns about safety and liability coverage.
Rideshare drivers are paid to drive people around, but they do not have to have the required safety training that taxi cab drivers do. They are just like any other driver with a driver’s license yet they carry the huge responsibility of safely transporting passengers from one location to another. Any additional qualifications that are required mostly relate to their criminal record and driving history. They also have a requirement to maintain an insurance policy that covers injuries sustained by their passengers in the event of an accident, but what happens if they let that policy lapse and they still keep driving for Lyft?
When an accident occurs involving a Lyft driver, there are several different insurance policies that could be involved depending on the circumstances of the accident.
Because rideshare law and applicable insurance policies are so complicated, if you have been injured in a rideshare accident, contact a Santa Barbara Lyft accident attorney with The Compass Law Group, PC to discuss the facts of your case. When numerous parties are involved and insurance companies are arguing about coverage, you need an advocate who will sort through the facts and argue on your behalf to see that you are fully and fairly compensated for the injuries you sustained caused by someone else’s negligence.
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.