Los Angeles Lyft Accident Attorney
Rideshare services have dramatically impacted the taxi and limousine business model, and more Lyft vehicles are on the road in California. As such, Lyft accidents are becoming increasingly common. Although Lyft and its drivers are required to carry different types and amounts of insurance, pursuing a rideshare accident claim can be complicated. This makes consulting an experienced Lyft accident attorney essential.
J&Y Law provides aggressive legal representation to Lyft accident victims throughout Northern and Southern California. If you were injured while traveling as a passenger in a Lyft vehicle, or your vehicle was struck by a Lyft driver, it is important to know your rights. Our legal team will take the time to determine whether you have a valid claim and fight for the compensation you deserve. We believe that no one should be made to suffer due to a Lyft accident and know how to hold negligent parties accountable.
Types of Services Provided by Lyft
Unlike a taxi, hailing a Lyft ride requires downloading an app onto your smartphone, and using the app to request a ride. The app connects the passenger to the Lyft driver, who uses GPS to locate the passenger, and take him or her to the requested destination.
Lyft offers different levels of service, including:
- Lyft Standard — The lowest cost Lyft service, for up to 4 people in a standard 4-seat sedan
- Lyft Line — Matches riders traveling in the same direction, who share the ride and the cost, which means a cheaper price
- Lyft Lux — Premium black car service, limited to luxurious makes and models
- Lyft Lux SUV –Premium black SUV service for parties with up to six passengers
- Lyft Plus — For larger groups of 6 passengers or more traveling together
- Lyft Premier — Super luxury service in a high-end 4 seat vehicle
Lyft and other rideshare services have become popular for many reasons, including the fact that a Lyft ride is typically less expensive than a taxi. Moreover, Lyft vehicles are privately owned by drivers, and tend to be newer, cleaner and more comfortable than taxis. Lyft drivers respond to passenger requests quickly, and take passengers to their exact destination. Finally, because the fare is paid through the app, the entire transaction is safe, convenient, and seamless.
Who is liable in a Lyft accident in California?
Depending on the circumstances, Lyft or the Lyft driver can be held liable for an accident that results in injuries, however, obtaining obtaining coverage depends on whether (1) the Lyft driver was logged onto the app and being connected to a passenger, (2) a ride had been accepted and the Lyft driver was en route to retrieve the passenger, or (3) the passenger was in the Lyft vehicle and being taken to his or her destination.
If the app is off, the Lyft driver’s personal insurance is in force and must meet the minimum auto insurance requirements in California ($15,000 bodily injury coverage per person, $30,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident, and $5,000 of property damage coverage per accident)
If the rideshare app is on, but the Lyft driver has not been connected to a passenger, the driver must have additional coverage:
- $50,000 bodily injury liability coverage per person injured in an accident
- $100,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per accident
- $30,000 of property damage liability coverage per accident
During this period, Lyft is also required to provide additional $200,000 on liability insurance. Once a passenger has secured a ride and entered a vehicle, however, Lyft must carry a mandatory minimum of $1 million in automobile insurance, which will be the primary coverage for damages.
Given the fact that rideshare drivers are independent contractors, however, Lyft may attempt to deny any liability for the errors of its drivers. Moreover, Lyft coverage may not be sufficient to cover damages arising from serious injuries, in which case it will also be necessary to look to the Lyft driver’s policy for coverage. Ultimately, a Lyft accident claim may involve more than one party — Lyft’s insurer, the driver’s insurance carrier, or other drivers and their insurance carriers.
At J&Y, we understand the complexities involved in Lyft accidents. We also know that insurers often seek to deny claims or pay as little as possible, often putting profits ahead of injury victims. When you become our client, we will always put your best interests first and fight for your right to meaningful compensation.
Contact Our Los Angeles Lyft Accident Attorney
Although rideshare services have become widely popular, many lawyers are not aware of the complicated insurance rules governing Lyft accidents. Moreover, resolving a claim can be challenging if more than one party is liable. The best way to obtain the full value of your claim is to work with the dedicated team at J&Y Law.
We will thoroughly investigate your Lyft accident and work tirelessly to determine which party is liable. Our legal team is committed to winning you compensation that considers all of your future medical and financial needs. J&Y handles Lyft accident claims on a contingency basis, which means you will not pay any attorneys fees in advance. Please contact our office to as soon as possible to speak with our attorneys.