When Lyft initially began to offer their services in California, they did not have the proper level of insurance coverage nor were they regulated by the same safety standards as other paid transportation services such as taxis.
Additionally, the agreements that their drivers had to sign severely limited the driver’s legal rights in the event they were in a serious accident while in between rides or while on the way to pick up a Lyft customer. Lyft were both adamant that their liability with regards to accidents was only when a customer was being given a ride. This left open a wide window where Lyft Drivers could injure or be injured while operating their vehicle for the ride-sharing company, and yet they could escape liability. This loophole created safety hazards throughout California as the company becomes a more and more popular method of transportation.
When an individual needs a ride, they can download a rideshare app that picks them up from their location and drops them off at their own unique “destination”. In 2017 leading to 2018, this is one of the most reliable sources or rideshare transportation, plus it is extremely affordable. Lyft is a San Francisco based company which was launched in 2012 and has reached a national and global scale.
Once you request your ride and insert your credit or debit card information, a driver will pick you up within minutes and you will be on your way. Once your ride is complete, you will be charged and a pop up screen will show on your phone for you to leave a review. Many satisfied pax will leave 5 stars and a tip, but tipping is not mandatory. There are several services provided for you to choose from.
Aside from a standard ride, you can choose from a cheaper alternative “line” which pick up other drivers along the way, “plus” is a larger vehicle for more passengers, the premier is used for high-end vehicles and LUX is for limo style taxi services. San Diego Personal Injury Attorney Chris Mova can help all Lyft accident victims throughout the United States.
Contacting an expert after your accident is extremely recommended by our firm for several reasons. 1) You have a short amount of time to seek medical attention and collect documentation proving the extent of your injuries. 2) The Statute of Limitations in California is set for (2) years meaning if you do not file a claim within (2) years, you are not eligible for compensation from any insurance company.
A skilled attorney specializing in Lyft car crashes understands their policies and whether or not you are covered.
After numerous high profile cases that resulted in serious injuries and even deaths during these “in between rides” periods, California Legislature passed laws requiring that Lyft provide $1 Million in insurance coverage for their drivers as well as uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage for their drivers and passengers.
This law, which went into effect on July 15th, 2015, was a necessary decision by lawmakers in California to protect the general public and will prevent these ‘loophole’ situations from happening in the future, where these highly profitable rideshare company was operating in our state without providing the proper insurance coverage for a commercial vehicle operator.
If you’re a Lyft Driver or passenger who’s been hurt in a Lyft Accident or a pedestrian that was hit by a rideshare driver, it would benefit you greatly to contact Chris Mova at the Mova Law Firm. Chris is an experienced lawyer in San Diego who has helped numerous people with their accident involving Lyft. He has successfully helped victims just like you seek justice in the form of compensation.
If you’ve been hurt or a loved has been seriously hurt as a result of a Lyft driver, call Chris Mova today and he will fight for what you deserve.
When you call a Lyft, the last thing on your mind may be whether or not you will get into a car accident while you are a helpless passenger. Unfortunately, it is a reality that many Lyft drivers get into accidents in the process of transporting passengers across the cities in which they work. Sometimes your driver is at fault, but in any case your driver is covered by Lyft’s accident policy.
You may be wondering what happens if you are involved in a Lyft accident as a passenger. If you are riding in a Lyft, an accident caused by the driver that causes injury may fall under Lyft’s accident policy. That policy can cover the driver’s liability up to a certain amount from which you are able to claim damages for your injury.
The specifics of your accident will determine which policies, coverage, and claims might apply to your specific case. Any subject of insurance leads to complex complication and criteria. It is important for you to have an attorney explain to you the conditions of benefiting from a claim.