The sharing economy has many people relying upon strangers to perform tasks on their behalf. We book vacation homes through apps like AirBnB, ask dog walkers to look after Fido through apps like Rover and have Postmate drivers run our errands. Of course, the most famous among these sharing economy apps are Lyft and Uber. Revolutionizing the way people get around town, ride-sharing apps can be a lifesaver for anyone who has ever been stranded without a cab in sight.
Unfortunately, though, there are drawbacks to these kinds of business models. When something goes awry, the corporation behind the app often chooses not to take any kind of responsibility. The laws surrounding the gig economy and the independent contractors who work for companies like Lyft are constantly changing. It’s no wonder so many people seek a Lyft accident settlement after being involved in a crash as a passenger.
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We may not give it a second thought, but we rely on Lyft and Uber drivers who are often no more trained or experienced than the average person on the street. Unlike commercial motorists like truck drivers or cabbies, these drivers are independent contractors. Requiring no special certification beyond a driver’s license, Lyft will allow just about anyone to sign up to drive. Many of us regularly place our safety in the hands of a stranger simply by hailing a rideshare car.
Of course, once on the road, Lyft drivers must contend with all the same road hazards faced by motorists each day. Bad weather, changing traffic patterns, reckless drivers and distractions can all lead to a bumpy ride. On top of driving, though, Lyft drivers must also maintain a degree of professionalism with their passengers. This only adds to their sense of distraction. There is also the time factor to consider – many are on a mission to make as much money during their shift as possible, and are willing to blow past speed limits to get passengers to their destinations quickly.
Lyft Accidents as a Passenger
Car accidents are always scary, but they can be even more unsettling when you’re in the back of a Lyft. Should you suffer serious injuries, your condition could require expensive surgeries and limit your ability to return to work. As with any other crash, you’re likely eager to receive a settlement to cover these expenses. Unfortunately, though, the path towards such a settlement isn’t always clear when ride-sharing drivers are involved.
Much depends on the cause of the accident and which driver is at fault. If the other motorist involved in the wreck rear-ended you, for example, you would file a claim with their insurance company. Should the driver be uninsured, Lyft offers uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage for passengers involved in a wreck.
If the crash was caused by your Lyft driver, though, things become more complicated. You have the right to take legal action against both Lyft and the driver themselves. An attorney can help you build a case, investigating whether or not the driver had a history of DUIs or if their car met the standards required by Lyft.
After a Lyft Wreck
If you’re feeling unsure about your rights and want to ensure the best possible outcome after a Lyft accident, take a few moments to collect evidence of the crash. Get the full names, phone numbers and addresses of every driver involved. Snap a few photos of the damage done to the cars as well as of your injuries. Collect the insurance and driver’s license information from all drivers involved, and see if any witnesses are willing to go on the record about what they saw. This information can prove invaluable should you need to take legal action.
A Lyft accident settlement is far from guaranteed, no matter how much evidence you collect. Anyone involved in such an incident should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. After being examined by an EMT or doctor, it’s important to find an experienced car accident lawyer who has dealt with ride-sharing collision victims before. With an attorney on board, you’ll feel secure knowing that a professional is looking out for your best interests.
A successful attorney may be able to recover the costs associated with any injuries you sustain in a Lyft wreck. In addition to the medical bills you might accrue, a lawyer can help you recoup costs associated with medications, physical therapy appointments, and even pain and suffering. If you missed work because of your injuries, your settlement could also include the wages you lost out on while recuperating.
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Factors that will determine your Lyft settlement amount include:
How severe your injuries are. Medical records and treatments after your injuries will play a major role in the size of your settlement. Get treatment as soon as possible after your Lyft injury so that you have good medical records available when you file suit.
Current and future rehabilitation and medical costs.
Economic damages you suffered. This amount can include loss of income and future earning capacity because of long term injuries and disabilities you suffered.
Non-economic damages: You may be entitled to recover money for emotional distress and physical pain you endured. Your pain and suffering compensation can be calculated by per-diem or by assigning a number between 1 and 5 to your suffering, and then multiplying it by your economic damages.
Insurance coverage available: Lyft has a $1 million liability policy available. But if the driver did not have his rideshare app on when the crash happened, the insurance coverage of the driver applies. If the rideshare app was on but there were no passengers in the vehicle, there is a $250,000 policy limit. If the rideshare app was in use and the driver is connected with a possible passenger, or if the driver is going to pick up the passenger, the $1 million limit applies. If you were in the vehicle as a passenger when the crash happened, the $1 million policy applies.