Ride sharing companies have made headlines many times in the since their beginning – and not always for good news. Lyft & Uber drivers have been at the center of dozens of accident reports, both as victims and as at-fault parties. When you step into a Lyft or an Uber, you don’t expect to step out in a stretcher. If you’ve been in a car accident involving a Lyft or Uber driver while in Louisiana, don’t hesitate to seek a personal injury attorney’s help at Murphy Law Firm. This includes if you are a Lyft or Uber driver, passenger, other vehicle driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian.
No, drivers participating in rideshare apps do not have to register or insure their car as commercial vehicles. Even though they provide taxi-like services that enable passengers to arrange rides on short notice using a smart phone phone app, they are exempt from following the same guidelines and regulations. The argument made by the two companies is that taxi drivers normally spend around 70,000 miles annually on the road whereas most Uber and Lyft drivers are part-time, so their cars are used much less.
Recently, it has been reported that more rideshare drivers are now full-time placing them on the road equally as much as taxi drivers. Recently bills have been signed into law that have regulated the way app-based companies like Uber and Lyft operate and are insured.
Uber and Lyft drivers are screened for things like a safe driving record and serious criminal charges. The requirements are name, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, and a copy of their driver’s license.
Lyft’s insurance company adjusters should contact you within a few days of filing your report. Lyft maintains a $1 million insurance policy to cover passenger damages. The company’s insurance will only pay your damages if you were logged into the driver app at the time. You will be eligible for different levels of coverage depending on what phase of the ride you were on. If you need help negotiating with Lyft’s insurance company, get in touch with our Baton Rouge car accident lawyers.
Lyft and Uber accidents can quickly escalate into complex legal matters. Lyft or Uber may deny your claim because the company alleges your own fault for the car crash or for some other reason that doesn’t seem to fit your situation. Lyft’s insurance might not cover all of your damages. An at-fault third party could present the opportunity to sue for damages. The best way to sort through all your potential options for financial recovery is with help from a Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer.
Murphy Law Firm, has years of experience handling all types of car accident claims. Since the advent of Lyft, Uber, Sidecar, and other rideshare services, we’ve been fast to offer our personal injury expertise to rideshare accident victims throughout Louisiana. We aren’t afraid to go up against Lyft’s insurance company, private insurers, product manufacturers, and other parties in pursuit of fair compensation. Get more information about your recent Lyft accident during a free case evaluation with our team.
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