Car accidents cause enough headaches, but crashes with rideshare drivers can complicate things further. Contact a Baton Rouge Lyft accident lawyer to simplify the process and get all the compensation you’re entitled to.
Many people take advantage of the convenience offered by rideshare companies like Lyft. While grabbing a ride through Lyft is often a great option (and sometimes the responsible thing to do), it doesn’t mean that an accident can’t happen and leave you injured.
Many news outlets have investigated the risks associated with rideshare vehicles, and every Baton Rouge Lyft accident lawyer from Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers has seen his or her share of these wrecks.
If you have been hurt in an accident of this nature, it’s important that you consult with a lawyer so that you can ensure that your claim is handled correctly. Lyft accidents are complicated when it comes to determining liability, and you can count on everyone involved to deny responsibility if they can get away with it.
With the rideshare craze growing more popular each day, Louisiana has been attempting to take more control of the situation and prevent problems down the road. In fact, the Louisiana Department of Insurance has issued a consumer alert regarding the insurance practices of rideshare companies.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many laws in place specifically dedicated to ridesharing. Companies like Lyft require that their drivers have full coverage on their vehicle, maintain a clean driving record, and stay up to date with all necessary legal documentation—but that doesn’t stop car accidents from happening.
Is Lyft Financially Liable or Is the Driver?
Lyft car accidents are complicated because Lyft won’t always take responsibility for the damages and losses. Lyft drivers are independent contractors rather than employees, which gives the rideshare company some angles for denying liability.
Lyft’s primary insurance policy will only apply if the Lyft app was on and the driver either had a paying fare in progress or was on the way to pick one up.
A lesser, contingent policy could apply if the app was on but the driver was still waiting on a ride request to come in. You’ll probably need to file a claim with the Lyft driver’s insurer before seeking compensation from Lyft itself.
If the app was off, then Lyft will deny responsibility, and you’ll have to seek compensation from the driver’s personal policy. Sometimes a driver’s policy gets terminated for commercial driving, which means that you’ll need to file an uninsured driver claim with your insurance instead.
Compensation for a Lyft Accident
We want to give you the best estimate of the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive, but first a full assessment of your claim’s value must be performed.
These are just a few examples of damages that you might be able to include in your claim:
Medical bills, current and future
Lost wages and earning potential
Property damage, if applicable
Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium
Contact a Baton Rouge Lyft Car Accident Lawyer
While rideshare companies like Lyft can provide a great way to travel, the laws surrounding these types of companies are still evolving. As a result, you might find yourself dealing with an overwhelming amount of stress after a crash with a rideshare driver.