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In recent years, ridesharing companies have increased in popularity. With just a few taps on a smartphone, a person can use an app to request a ride. Lyft is one of the most widely known ridesharing companies, transporting customers in hundreds of cities across the United States. 

While generally considered a safe and efficient means of transportation, accidents involving Lyft and other ridesharing services are becoming more common. Lyft accident cases can be complex, and victims may be unsure of what to do after being injured. Whether you were a passenger in the Lyft, a pedestrian, or inside of another vehicle, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses. 

Were you or someone you loved injured in an accident involving Lyft ridesharing service? If so, contact Phillips Legal Group to schedule a free, no-obligation case review. Our Lyft accident lawyers will fight to maximize your recovery. 

Rideshare Services Provided by Lyft

When riders use the Lyft app to request a ride, they will be connected with a driver. The Lyft driver will then use GPS to locate the rider, make the pick-up, and take the rider to his or her destination. 

Lyft offers different levels of service that vary by city:

  • Lyft Standard: This service provides a standard size vehicle for up to three passengers 
  • Lyft Line: Matches riders traveling in the same direction, to share a vehicle at a lower price
  • Lyft XL: You can request a ride in a passenger vehicle for up to 5 people
  • Lyft Lux: Premium black car service in luxury vehicles
  • Lyft Lux SUV: Premium SUV service for up to six passengers
  • Lyft Plus: Rideshare service for groups of 6 or more passengers
  • Lyft Premier: Luxury rideshare service in a high-end vehicle 

One reason why Lyft and other rideshare companies have become so popular is that their prices are typically less expensive than a taxi. In addition, since Lyft vehicles are privately owned, they are often newer, cleaner, and more comfortable.

+ Common Causes of Lyft Car Accidents

Lyft accidents happen every day for many different reasons. Some of these collisions only result in property damage or minor harm. Others are catastrophic, leaving victims with life-altering injuries.

Common causes of Lyft accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Illegal turns
  • Sudden stops
  • Drowsy driving
  • Poor weather and road conditions
  • Tailgating
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Unsafe lane changes

If you were injured in an accident involving a Lyft rideshare driver, you should not have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence. The Lyft accident attorneys at Phillips Legal Group can review your case and let you know whether you have a valid claim to compensation.

+ Who is Liable for Injuries Sustained in a Lyft Accident?

Even if your Lyft driver does not want to report the collision, be sure to contact the police immediately following the accident. The police report and documentation of your medical care are important forms of evidence when you go to file a claim.

You can pursue compensation from anyone who contributed to your motor vehicle accident and injuries. A Lyft accident lawyer can help you identify all responsible parties and file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against them. In some situations, multiple parties may be held liable for damages.

Parties liable for Lyft car accidents may include:

  • Lyft drivers
  • Drivers of other vehicles
  • Pedestrians
  • Motorcyclists
  • Bicyclists
  • Transit companies
  • Government agencies
  • Vehicle parts manufacturers

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    Will Lyft’s Insurance Policy Cover Your Medical Bills?

    Since rideshare companies are a relatively new concept, you may be unsure how to recover compensation after being injured in an accident involving a Lyft. The party responsible for your medical bills and other losses will likely depend on how the driver was using the Lyft app at the time of the accident.

    When the Lyft driver was not logged into the app

    Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors, not company employees. If the rideshare driver was “off duty” and not logged into the app, Lyft will deny all liability for the accident.

    However, like all other motorists, Lyft drivers are required to have car insurance coverage. Accident victims can file a claim under their driver’s auto insurance policy or the driver themselves. If you have car insurance, you may also be able to file a claim with your insurers.

    When the Lyft driver was logged in but had not accepted a ride request

    If the driver was logged into the app and awaiting a ride request when the accident occurred, you may be able to recover compensation under Lyft’s liability insurance policy.

    Lyft’s liability insurance covers:

    • Property damage: $25,000 per accident
    • Bodily injury or death: $50,000 per person $100,000 per accident

    Keep in mind that Lyft’s liability insurance is considered secondary coverage. This means you first have to pursue compensation through your driver and/or an insurance policy. If your damages exceed what you can recover from them, you can then file a claim with Lyft’s insurance policy.

    When the Lyft driver was logged into the app and had accepted a ride request

    Once a Lyft driver accepts a ride request, Lyft’s $1 million insurance policy goes into effect. The policy will cover a passenger for injuries and property damage from the moment he or she is picked up until finally dropped off at the destination.

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    Damages Available to Lyft Accident Victims

    At Phillips Legal Group, we care about our clients and are committed to helping them recover maximum compensation for their injuries. As your Lyft accident lawyers, we will work with medical experts to understand the extent of your injuries, determine the value of your case, and demand monetary damages on your behalf.

    Available damages may include compensation for:

    • Medical bills
    • Loss of income
    • Disability
    • Pain and suffering
    • Disfigurement
    • Emotional trauma

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    Lyft Accidents and Wrongful Death

    In some situations, an accident involving a Lyft vehicle is so severe that someone is killed. If you are coping with the loss of a loved one following a Lyft accident, a car accident lawyer may be able to help you pursue wrongful death damages.

    Our compassionate legal team understands that there is no amount of money that can compensate for the tragic death of a family member. However, a monetary payout can take some financial stress off of your shoulders as you try to move forward with your life. Wrongful death damages may cover funeral expenses, burial costs, medical expenses, and more.

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    Contact a Lyft Accident Attorney Today

    Although rideshare services have become a popular means of transportation, some personal injury lawyers are not aware of the complex insurance rules governing Lyft accidents. Also, resolving a claim becomes even more complicated when more than one party is involved – as is the case with rideshare service cases.

    Therefore, your best chance at recovering compensation after a Lyft accident is to work with the experienced lawyers of Phillips Legal Group. Our personal injury lawyers will thoroughly investigate your accident and work diligently to identify all liable parties. We are committed to winning compensation for you that takes into consideration your future medical and financial expenses.

    Best of all, Phillips Legal Group accepts personal injury cases on contingency, which means you pay no upfront costs or fees. We only get paid if you are awarded a settlement.

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