Fairfax Lyft Accident Lawyer
Ridesharing is a new way of solving the transportation dilemma of how to get from one place to another. It’s a relatively cheap form of transportation, which is part of its appeal for many travelers.
Although new ideas and technologies are often exciting, they can also cause new challenges when dealing with legal questions, such as who is financially responsible in an accident involving a Lyft driver. Anytime you get into a moving vehicle, no matter what type it is, there are inherent risks involved.
Inevitably, accidents will occur involving rideshare drivers, whether the Lyft driver is at fault or the blame rests with someone else. The regulations for ridesharing companies are still changing, so if you’ve been injured in an accident involving a Lyft driver, you should call a Fairfax Lyft accident lawyer from Priale & Racine, PLLC.
We can determine who was at fault and which insurance companies owe you a settlement for your injuries, as well as help you obtain the full compensation you are due.
Independent Contractors or Employees?
Since the ridesharing companies Lyft and Uber began, they have maintained the position that they aren’t actually “taxi companies;” rather, they are providing the service of connecting individuals in need of a ride with willing drivers in their area by way of an app.
They even assert that their drivers are independent contractors and aren’t direct employees, therefore the companies shouldn’t be held liable for the mistakes the drivers make.
Some feel that they make a good argument. They don’t even provide vehicles for their drivers, and in the beginning, they didn’t provide insurance, either. They simply screened drivers to verify that they were safe for individuals to catch a ride with and confirmed that the drivers were insured.
When Is Lyft Financially Liable?
The rules are starting to change, however, and the courts have found that Lyft should be responsible for accidents that its independent contractors are involved in—at least some of the time. Here is a breakdown:
- If you are a passenger of Lyft at the time your driver gets into an accident, Lyft will cover your injuries up to one million dollars, but only after the driver’s insurance has been exhausted. This is the case whether your driver was at fault, or if an uninsured or underinsured motorist caused the accident.
- If you are a passenger of Lyft at the time your driver gets into an accident and the other driver was at fault and does have insurance, the other driver is responsible for the damages. If your injuries are substantial enough that the other driver’s insurance does not cover all damages, then Lyft will kick in as secondary insurance.
- If a Lyft driver is logged into the app, but is not carrying a passenger, Lyft will cover up to $50,000 in damages, but only after the Lyft driver’s personal insurance coverage is depleted.
Call a Fairfax Lyft Car Accident Attorney
Accidents never strike at a convenient time, no matter who’s driving. If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, give us a call at 703-272-3922. You can also fill out the form at the bottom of this page, and a Fairfax Lyft accident lawyer from Priale & Racine, PLLC, will contact you to arrange a free consultation.