Tempe Lyft Accident Attorney
Lyft provides a valuable service, getting people where they need to be, often for less than the cost of a cab. Because of this, Lyft has grown immensely in popularity, and unfortunately, Lyft accidents parallel that growth. If you have been involved in an accident with a ridesharing company, including Lyft, then talking to a Tempe Lyft accident attorney is an important step in recouping any losses you experienced as a result.
Complexity of Liability
When you are injured in a Lyft accident, determining who is liable for your injuries can become tricky, since there are three potential responsible parties that might share the blame—Lyft, the driver, or another driver on the road. However, liability is affected by how and when the accident occurred, whether or not the driver is on or off duty, and whether other cars were involved. Whether you were a passenger in the Lyft vehicle or in another car involved in a crash with a Lyft driver is also an important part of the equation. In Arizona, Lyft carries both bodily injury and property damage coverage on its vehicles, although drivers must also carry their own coverage.
In Arizona, Lyft carries liability policies of $50,000/$100,000 bodily injury and $25,000 property damage liability when the driver is logged into the Lyft app but not yet accepting ride requests. Once a ride request is accepted, the liability inflates to $1,000,000. Lyft provides no liability coverage when drivers are not logged onto its app.
Lyft accident claims are sometimes made more complex by the driver’s insurance company. If the driver only has personal auto insurance on the vehicle and has not revealed to the insurer that he is driving for a ridesharing company, it can cause confusion and give the insurer reason to deny your claim. In some instances, it turns out that Lyft drivers are uninsured or lack an adequate amount of insurance to cover claims when there are significant injuries involved. For claims against Lyft itself, Lyft does not count its drivers as actual employees, so there can be some discrepancy in getting Lyft to pony up for claims too.
Responsibility to Riders
Although a rideshare company like Lyft is not a common carrier like a cab, these companies still have a duty to their riders to ensure that they provide them with a safe environment when getting from one place to another. If there are risks involved, the rideshare company has a duty to make riders aware of those risks. Lorona & Mead Attorneys at Law is willing to go to bat for accident victims harmed by Lyft drivers.
Consultation with a Lyft Accident Attorney
Ridesharing accidents are a relatively new area in Personal injury law, so reaching out to a lawyer who has handled similar cases in the past makes a lot of sense. Your Tempe Lyft accident attorney can be a big help in determining who to go after to make you whole again and in beginning the process of filing your claim, gathering evidentiary support for your claim, and representing your case to the big insurance companies or before a jury if need be.