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If you were a passenger in a Lyft vehicle or you were involved in an auto accident with a Lyft driver, and you suffered injuries and other damages, you should take legal action as soon as possible. A Lyft accident lawyer at Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers can help you pursue the compensation you deserve, for a motor vehicle collision that was caused by the negligence of another. Our Lyft accident attorneys have extensive experience handling complex rideshare accident claims and know how to investigate this type of collision to uncover the truth and hold the negligent parties responsible for your losses.

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How Can a Lyft Accident Attorney Help?

A Lyft accident lawyer at Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers can help guide you through the legal process, as they handle every aspect of your claim.
During this challenging time, our legal team can help by: 
Investigating the Accident 

Your Lyft accident lawyer will conduct an in-depth investigation, gathering evidence such as:

  • Police reports
  • Medical records
  • Medical bills
  • Photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and property damage
  • Witness statements
  • Camera footage
  • Expert testimony
  • Vehicle repair estimates

They will also examine Lyft’s policies and procedures to determine if the company may be liable. This includes reviewing the driver’s activity within the Lyft app at the time of the accident and assessing whether Lyft’s safety protocols were followed.

Consulting with Experts

Your Lyft accident lawyer may consult with accident reconstruction specialists, medical experts, forensic accountants, or other professionals to provide expert testimony regarding liability.

How Does the Driving Period Affect Rideshare Liability?

Lyft drivers operate within different driving periods depending on their activity in the Lyft app. Rideshare driving periods dictate the level of insurance coverage provided by Lyft and how liability is assigned in the event of an accident.

Period 1: Offline or Personal Use

During this period, the Lyft driver is offline in the Lyft app and is using their vehicle for personal reasons.
Liability will fall on the driver’s personal auto insurance policy.

Period 2: Available but Unmatched

In this period, the Lyft driver is logged into the Lyft app and available to accept ride requests but has not yet been matched with a passenger.
Lyft provides contingent liability coverage, which acts as secondary coverage to the driver’s personal insurance. This coverage applies if the driver’s personal insurance does not fully cover an accident during this period.

Period 3: En Route to Pickup or Transporting Passenger

Once the Lyft driver has accepted a ride request and is en route to pick up the passenger, or has a passenger in the vehicle, they enter Period 3.

During this period, Lyft’s commercial auto insurance policy provides primary coverage. This means that Lyft’s insurance is the first line of coverage for any accidents or incidents that occur while the driver is actively engaged in transporting passengers.

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What Are Insurance Requirements for Lyft Drivers in California?

In California, Lyft drivers are required to maintain auto insurance coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements, as well as Lyft’s own insurance requirements. These requirements vary depending on the driver’s status within the Lyft app.

Insurance requirements for Lyft drivers in California include:

Personal Auto Insurance

Lyft drivers must carry personal auto insurance that meets California’s minimum liability coverage requirements. 

This includes:

Bodily injury liability coverage. Minimum limits of $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident.

Property damage liability coverage. Minimum limit of $5,000 per accident.

Lyft's Insurance Coverage

While the Lyft driver is logged into the Lyft app but has not yet accepted a ride request, Lyft provides contingent liability coverage. 

This coverage includes:

  • $50,000 in Bodily Injury Coverage per person
  • $100,000 in Bodily Injury Coverage per accident
  • $30,000 in Property Damage Coverage per accident
Once the rideshare driver accepts a ride request and is en route to pick up the passenger or has a passenger in the vehicle, Lyft’s commercial auto insurance policy provides primary coverage.

What Are Common Causes of Lyft Accidents?

In California, common causes of Lyft accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Fatigued driver
  • Aggressive driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Vehicle maintenance issues
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Road hazards
  • Traffic congestion 

What Type of Compensation Am I Entitled to?

After a Lyft accident, you may be entitled to the following types of economic and non-economic damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
And more.
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of quality of life

What Are Common Lyft Accident Injuries?

The injuries you sustain in a rideshare accident can range from whiplash and soft tissue damage to traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage. 

At our firm, our Lyft accident attorneys have handled many cases involving the following types of injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Concussions
  • Chest injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Amputations
  • Crush injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones/bone fractures
  • Leg and arm injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Dental injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding

What is the Statute of Limitations for Rideshare Accidents?

In California, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, your case will be dismissed and you will be unable to recover compensation for all accident-related losses. When you hire a Lyft accident lawyer at Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers, they will handle every aspect of your case, including filing a lawsuit within the statute of limitations.

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