Have you have been involved in an accident with a Lyft vehicle? The experienced personal injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm in Louisiana may be able to help you determine if you are eligible for financial compensation. With the rising popularity of ridesharing services such as Lyft, there are many questions and new legal considerations that affect rideshare drivers, passengers, and anyone else involved in an accident. Our New Orleans attorneys understand that navigating the complicated insurance claims process is difficult. They can review your case and help you understand your best course of action.
The Rideshare Industry and Lyft
Ridesharing has exploded in cities across the world since the debut of Uber in 2009. Due to its convenience, many people in the United States now regularly use ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber to travel in their communities. The industry has also brought opportunities for people to earn extra money by becoming drivers. Drivers are independent contractors who use their personal vehicles to give rides to their peers. Services like Lyft also provide a more affordable alternative to taxis and a hassle-free alternative to finding parking in a busy urban center.
Despite the popularity of rideshare services like Lyft, there are some downfalls to having many new rideshare drivers on the roads. Safety and liability in the event of an accident are significant concerns for many rideshare drivers and passengers alike. If you have been involved in an accident in a Lyft, it is critical that you contact a professional attorney who is knowledgeable about the legal considerations related to rideshare accidents and insurance. The attorneys at Cueria Law Firm have helped many people in New Orleans understand their rights after an accident and get the compensation they are owed.
What You Should Do After a Lyft Accident
Auto insurance can be a confusing topic for any driver, but it is especially complicated if you are involved in a rideshare accident. Although Lyft does offer insurance coverage for its drivers and their passengers, Lyft’s coverage has very specific guidelines. It is imperative that drivers understand their coverage eligibility before starting to drive for Lyft.
Lyft provides a liability policy that covers drivers up to $1,000,000 per accident. However, this is not available any time a Lyft driver is in their vehicle. It only applies from the time a driver accepts a ride within the Lyft app until the driver drops off the passenger and ends the ride in the app.
If an accident has occurred, it is not only the driver who may be eligible for compensation. Other groups may be able to make a claim in the event of an accident in a Lyft. These groups include:
- Drivers or passengers injured in a collision where the Lyft driver is at fault.
- Lyft drivers injured in an incident where another motorist was at fault.
- Passengers injured in a ridesharing vehicle, no matter which driver is at fault.
Follow These Steps After a Lyft Accident
Check for any injuries.
Like in any accident, the well-being of those involved is of the utmost importance. If there are injuries, contact the appropriate authorities as soon as possible. Call the local police, and they can contact emergency medical personnel.
Document the accident.
Gather evidence that can be used by your attorney in your claim. Using your smartphone, take photos of the damage to vehicles, injuries to motorists or pedestrians, or any other property damage that occurred. Talk to witnesses who observed the scene and ask if you can use their statement in your claim.
Collect information from all parties involved.
As you would in any accident, it is imperative to get the insurance, contact, and license information from the other motorists involved. Make sure that the contact information is up-to-date so your insurance company or attorney can get in touch with them if needed.
Contact Lyft and report the incident.
If you were the driver or passenger in the Lyft that was involved in the accident, contact Lyft directly through the app and report the incident. Lyft will gather necessary information about the event and a representative from Lyft or their insurance carrier will contact you right away. As a driver, note that Lyft often disables the accounts of drivers involved in accidents until the claim has been settled.
Contact an attorney
The New Orleans personal injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm have assisted many people just like you who have been involved in an accident in a Lyft vehicle. Call our office today and talk with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys to determine if you are eligible for compensation after an accident in a Lyft vehicle.