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Lyft Accident

Lyft and other rideshare companies have exploded across the country and even right here in Fort Worth. The Lyft concept is simple and hiring a Lyft driver is generally very easy. Lyft hires drivers as independent contractors and sets them up with the Lyft driving app. Lyft customers use the Lyft app to request a driver, customers’ ride requests pop up on the drivers’ apps, and then drivers accept requests as they choose. But what happens when things do not go well and you are involved in a Lyft accident?

Lyft accident issues

What seems like a simple process and what usually is a simple process, can take a turn for the worse when a Lyft driver causes an accident resulting in injuries and damages. Accidents do not just hurt Lyft passengers, they also hurt others involved in the accident such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicle passengers. Here is where things can get complicated. Who is responsible for the accident? Is it Lyft or its driver? The answer to that is, it depends. See below for questions that need to be answered to help determine liability:

  • Was the driver logged into the Lyft app at the time of the accident?
  • Was the driver logged into the app, but not on a Lyft trip?
  • Had the driver accepted a ride request and was on his or her way to pick up the passenger or already transporting the passenger?

The answers to these questions matter, even for people that were innocent bystanders and had no contract with Lyft. In some cases Lyft’s insurance coverage is in effect and in some cases it is not. Sometime you may have to rely completely on the driver’s insurance and hope that it is enough to cover your injuries and damages.

Lyft safety concerns and regulations

Concerns regarding passenger safety with rideshare companies have been an issue since their inception. Hiring independent contractors as drivers allow rideshare companies to avoid some of the regulations and restrictions that apply to taxi cabs. Some specific concerns include driver safety training, background checks for criminal and driving history, and vehicle maintenance requirements.

Additional concerns are rideshare job pressures such as drivers being distracted by the app while driving, driving quickly so that drivers can turn around as many jobs as possible, and pressure from the rideshare company to keep driving and pick up a few more rides even when the driver may be too tired to continue safely driving. Rideshare companies place limits on how many consecutive hours/days that a driver can work, but those restrictions do not keep them from driving for other companies possibly putting them over a safe number of hours to be operating a vehicle.

If you have been injured in a Lyft accident, contact Fort Worth Lyft accident attorney, Dorothy Hyde, to schedule a consultation. We understand the law as it applies to Lyft and other rideshares and we will help you avoid having to fight with insurance companies to get the compensation to which you are entitled.

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