Who Will Pay My Bills If I'm Injured in a Lyft Accident? | San Antonio Injury Lawyers
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident with a Lyft driver, you may be wondering what next steps you should take. As rideshare apps like Lyft are becoming more popular options, both for drivers and passengers alike, fatal car accident rates have skyrocketed.
Recovering for these types of accidents is much more difficult than in cases where the other driver is also merely a commuter. Trying to recover for your damages when you have been involved in an accident with a Lyft driver may involve dealing with both the driver and Lyft, a powerful company that is unlikely to cater to your needs. However, there are steps you can take to help your chances of recovering increase.
Should Lyft or Their Driver Be Liable for Your Injuries?
Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors. This allows Lyft to avoid liability, and place it on their driver for many, if not most, accidents.
Lyft drivers typically carry much less insurance coverage than Lyft itself carries. If you are only able to recover from the driver for your injuries, you will likely have a more difficult time paying for the entirety of your medical bills and vehicle repairs. However, there are some instances where you may be able to recover from Lyft directly for any damages their driver caused.
If a Lyft driver is driving but does not have their Lyft app turned on, you will likely have to rely solely on the driver’s personal insurance to recover for your damages. However, if the driver’s app is on, Lyft provides their driver with supplemental insurance up to $50,000 per person per accident, with a $100,000 maximum, and $25,000 for property damage.
If the Lyft driver has a passenger in the car, or they were on their way to pick up a passenger, a higher amount of supplemental insurance kicks in (up to $1 million). This higher amount of supplemental insurance can also be combined with the driver’s personal insurance coverage.
Collecting Evidence of Liability
After an accident, it may not even cross your mind to begin collecting evidence. However, in order to form a successful claim against Lyft, it will be important to have enough facts on hand to show that they are liable for your damages.
Contacting the police will help with having a written record of how the accident occurred, who was at fault, and other relevant facts. Make sure to speak with eyewitnesses, especially the driver and passengers of the Lyft vehicle. Any details you can get about the Lyft driver’s status--such as whether they had their app turned on--will be useful in mounting a successful claim against Lyft.
Our San Antonio Lyft Accident Lawyers Can Help
At Zinda Law Group, our San Antonio rideshare accident attorneys have helped thousands of crash victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and all the other ways your injury has cost you.
Our firm also believes that a Lyft accident victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our San Antonio rideshare accident lawyers.
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