There is something incredibly convenient about utilizing companies like Lyft or other rideshare companies to get to work or home from events safely. What happens when that option is inconvenient and has left you in distress?
You can always leave a bad review for Lyft. You can inform other users of the incident you are dissatisfied with to warn others of their risk. You can also contact Lyft and file a complaint with them directly. What if neither of these options seems to provide the resolution you are looking for? You have the opportunity to seek legal action against Lyft, and with the help of an experienced attorney, you can come up with a resolution you are satisfied with.
What Makes Lyft Accidents Complicated?
If you get in an accident while operating a vehicle, it can be pretty straightforward to determine which insurance will cover any damages you may have incurred as a result. When you ride in a Lyft, and that driver gets in an accident, or you are involved in an accident with a Lyft-affiliated vehicle, it can almost immediately become complicated to determine who is responsible for the damages incurred.
If the Lyft driver was not on the clock at the time or not accepting ride requests, it typically will result in their personal insurance covering any damages. But how can this be proven?
Do Lyft drivers have company insurance policies rather than their insurance? Lyft and other rideshare companies typically require specific liability insurance to cover their drivers should they be involved in or cause an accident. It can be challenging to determine how much compensation they need vs. the other drivers involved and their insurance companies, which can create complications and confusion.
What Can I Do to Ensure I’m Compensated Accurately?
It’s imperative to document all of the details of the accident. Your account is essential, as is the account of the responding officer and other witness accounts (if available). There aren’t any accidents that occur that are black and white, it seems. There are always several factors that come into play, and your perspective may vary significantly from others involved, so it’s important to document each fact that you can recall while the information is fresh in your mind.
The next step you can take is to seek medical attention. Damages (both personally and to your vehicle) may not always show up immediately. It is crucial to have a medical examination to determine if there are underlying issues you may not be aware of due to the accident.
How Can an Attorney Help?
An experienced attorney will have a vast knowledge of what to expect and how to move forward. It can become complicated when you are up against a company such as Lyft. You are no longer dealing with a personal insurance company but a corporation that likely has a large legal team that handles its negotiations.
An experienced attorney can provide invaluable guidance, handle negotiations, help you understand the following steps, and help you maximize your efforts in obtaining compensation for the damages. Contact our experienced attorneys are (704) 286-0947 to learn more about how we can help you.