Whether you are heading to the Mesquite rodeo or speedway, or you want to venture a little farther to trendy Mockingbird Station or NorthPark Center, Lyft promises to have your ride covered. The Lyft app matches passengers and drivers so that if you need a ride, you request one through the app and then you are matched with a driver who is willing to take you to your destination. The cost is all handled through the app and there is no exchange of money required between the passenger and driver. It is often a very smooth process except for when a Lyft driver ends up in a car accident and then liability and insurance coverage can become complicated.
Lyft and other rideshare companies classify their drivers as independent contractors, which ultimately allows Lyft to escape liability and insurance coverage in certain Lyft driver accident scenarios. Important facts in determining liability and insurance coverage include whether or not:
These facts will affect whether or not your injuries and damages are covered by the driver’s insurance and/or Lyft’s insurance policy. It is important that you understand that you do not have to talk to insurance companies if they contact you. They are not working for you and will do what they can to see that ultimately, they pay the least amount possible for your injuries and damages. They may try to conduct an interview with you about the accident to see if they can use something you say to pin some of the accident fault on you or to prove that your injuries are not as extensive as you claim. They may offer you a settlement that is less than the amount that would fairly compensate you.
Lyft has its own policies and requirements for its drivers relating to things like driver background checks, a driver’s age and experience, insurance coverage, and vehicle requirements. The State of Texas also has rideshare laws that regulate and impose restrictions on Lyft drivers relating to things like background checks, criminal and driving offenses, and insurance coverage.
If you have been involved in an accident with a Lyft driver, do not shoulder the labor of determining liability, dealing with insurance companies, and securing financial recovery. Contact Mesquite Lyft accident attorney, Dorothy Hyde. She is an expert in Lyft accident law, negotiating with insurance companies, and maximizing financial recoveries for Plaintiffs. The Lyft accident team members at The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde are aggressive plaintiff advocates who will handle the complicated matters related to Lyft accidents and will work relentlessly to see that you are fully and fairly compensated for your damages and injuries.
Our law firm doesn’t take personal injury cases lightly. Attorney Dorothy Hyde is the resident barracuda of Dallas — fearless and unrelenting, she doesn’t stop until she obtains the best outcome and maximum compensation for her clients. Choose us and you’ll have an apex predator with years of trial experience and negotiating skills to bring your case to a successful conclusion.
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After I was severely injured, I didn’t know what to do next. One of my colleagues recommended reaching out to Dorothy for representation. When I finally did, I didn’t regret my decision — I received tremendous support and she treated me like family. She brought the best outcome and I’m amazed at the passion she brings into her work. I would recommend her services without any reservation.
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