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The simple answer to that question is: yes. You can sue your Lyft driver or the company itself if you get into a car accident. This applies whether you were a passenger, or got hit by a Lyft.

However, you need to know the facts and understand the laws of your particular state or country in these situations. Whether you sue the driver or Lyft itself will also depend on the scenario and damages of your accident, and so will the amount of insurance money that will be available.

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How Does Lyft Insurance Work in Case of Your Accident?

There are three insurance policies that cover a Lyft driver, that depend on the status of the driver at the time of the accident. These situations are:

  1. The first scenario is when the driver is ‘off the clock’, which means that they aren’t available to accept rides at the moment. During this time, the policy that will apply would be their own personal car insurance. In this case, Lyft’s insurance coverage would not apply to you, even if the car that hit you has a Lyft sticker on it.
  2. The second scenario is when the driver is on the clock, but doesn’t have a passenger. The driver’s personal car insurance policy will still apply to you, but some contingency insurance will be applied on Lyft as well. So if you get hit by a passenger-less Lyft, technically you get to sue the driver as well as the company.
  3. The final scenario is when the driver is carrying a passenger. In this case, the full weight of the insurance coverage is on Lyft. In monetary terms, this means that there is a $1,000,000 in liability and $1,000,000 in property damage coverage that you can avail. This applies whether you were a passenger in the accident, or the person who got hit.

All of these factors need to be considered before you decide to sue the driver or the company. Also note that these policies only apply if you were injured or had some sort of property damage. If there isn’t any visible proof of the damage the accident caused, then the insurance claims don’t apply to you.

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What Should Be My Immediate Steps After Getting Into an Accident?

In case you were a passenger in a Lyft accident, there isn’t much you have to worry about in terms of filing a legal case. In fact, in most cases, you won’t even have to file a lawsuit. You just need to file an insurance claim, and things will get sorted out. And since you were a passenger, there is no way you could be at fault.

On the contrary, if you were hit by a Lyft, whether it happened while you were walking on the pedestrian or if they hit your car, you are liable to file a lawsuit.

The lawsuit will of course depend on the status of the Lyft driver. Since there is almost no way to know what the driver’s status was at the crime scene, the most you can do is make sure you exchange all the available details with them.

Afterwards, your attorney will file a case against Lyft as well as the driver, and both the parties will have to sort things out accordingly.

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Is using Lyft safe?

Statistically, it is safe to use ridesharing and taxi services to get around Houston.  Studies have showed that in 2018, there were 58 fatalities in ridesharing vehicles out of 1.3 billion rides.  So using Lyft is safe for the most part.  But if you have been injured as a result of an Lyft driver, then it is highly recommended that you seek legal advice from a personal injury attorney like Javier Marcos.  He will gather together the evidence in your case and represent you to the insurance companies.  Javier Marcos will also make sure that you are fairly and completely compensated for your injuries and loss.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Rideshare Accidents

Question:  Should I call an attorney after an accident involving an Lyft driver?

Answer: Yes, it’s good idea to contact an attorney when you have been involved in an accident with a ridesharing service, especially if there has been a lot of damage or if you have been seriously hurt or injured.  Insurance coverage for Lyft drivers vary and can be complex depending on what status the driver was in when the accident occurred.  Additionally, the driver’s insurance may not cover the accident if they did not indicate to their insurance company that they use their vehicle as part of a job or ridesharing contract.  Either way, it is important that you have competent representation in these cases to get the most compensation to pay for your injuries and damage to your property.

Question:  I was hurt because of an accident involving an Lyft driver.  What do I do?

Answer: First and foremost, seek medical attention.  Your health and safety is of primary concern.  Follow the advice of first responders that will show up at your accident scene.  If you are able, get contact information from the other driver as well as witnesses.  Take pictures of the accident scene which will include the vehicles and the surrounding area.  The local police should provide you with a case number that will have more information about the accident scene.  Make sure you get that.  Afterwards, if you have serious injuries and/or damage to your vehicle, it is highly recommended that you retain a personal injury attorney.  He will be able to represent your best interest against the insurance companies that will be working to minimize the amount of financial liability.  A good personal injury attorney like Attorney Javier Marcos will ensure that you get the medial attention that you need today and in the future plus get compensated properly for all your loss.

Question:  Can I sue Lyft for a car accident involving one of their drivers?

Answer: Each company has different ways they handle their drivers and injury claims that come up when one of their drivers gets into an accident.  Drivers for both services are contracted people that are required to maintain their own insurance in the event of an accident.  Also, it depends upon the “status” that the Uber of Lyft driver was in when the accident occurred.  It may become complicated or difficult to get reimbursed when an accident occurs with an Uber or Lyft driver.  It’s a good idea to hire an experienced personal injury attorney in these cases so that you can recover as much as possible and know what you should or should not do.