Many Los Angeles residents regularly use Lyft as a way to get around the city. Lyft is a convenient travel alternative that’s quickly becoming the norm. But what happens if your Lyft driver gets into an accident and you’re injured? You might wonder who is held responsible and how you can seek financial recovery for your costs. Since Lyft accidents have some specific differences from other car accidents, it’s important to speak with a Los Angeles Lyft accident lawyer who can help.
At Simmrin Law Group, we have the top personal injury lawyers in the city of Los Angeles ready to help after your Lyft accident. We’re here to listen to your story, investigate the facts, and start working on building your case. Don’t worry about what to do next—contact us today for a FREE consultation. Call 310-997-4688 or fill out the form to your right to get in touch.
I was a passenger in an Lyft accident in Los Angeles. What should I do?
If you were riding in a Lyft and the driver got into an accident, there are some crucial steps to take:
1. First, assess your injuries.
If they’re bad and you need immediate medical help, or someone else in the accident needs help, make that your first priority. Never delay getting treatment for your Lyft accident injuries. If you don’t need treatment right away, be sure to see a doctor after completing the following steps.
2. If your injuries don’t require immediate treatment, call the police.
They will need to come to the scene and create a police report of the accident.
3. Gather information.
Get the first and last name, phone number, and insurance information for the Lyft driver. If you were a passenger in the Lyft, it likely means the driver was “on duty” and actively working for Lyft. That means Lyft’s insurance will apply to the situation, so get the main number for the Lyft company too.
4. Take pictures of the accident.
Use your phone to take pictures of any injuries you suffered from the accident, any damage to the vehicle or personal property, and the license plate and other details of the Lyft vehicle.
5. Gather information from witnesses.
If anyone not involved in the accident saw it happen, ask for their name and phone number so you can contact them later. If they can stay until police arrive, police will get a statement from them.
6. Call a Lyft accident lawyer.
Lyft accidents can be complicated when determining liability. Plus, you’ll likely get pushback from the insurance company and maybe even the Lyft driver or the Lyft company. You’ll need a powerful legal force on your side to fight for your right to financial recovery for your damages.
Who pays for my injuries in a Lyft accident?
It depends on the situation in which you, as the victim, was injured during the Lyft accident. There are four coverages included in Lyft’s insurance policies:
Primary Automobile Liability:
From the time the driver accepts your ride request to the time they end the ride in the app, Lyft’s primary liability coverage should apply. This policy covers up to $1 million per accident.
This only applies while the Lyft driver is waiting for a ride request and not transporting a passenger and if the driver’s personal insurance doesn’t respond. It cover up to $50,000 per person, up to $100,000 per accident, and up to $25,000 for property damage.
Contingent Comprehensive and Collision Insurance:
Designed to cover physical damage to driver’s vehicle if they have comprehensive coverage on their personal insurance policy.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/IUM) Insurance:
Applies if another driver is uninsured and at fault for the Lyft accident.
Here’s how this applies to your Lyft accident case:
- If you were a passenger in the Lyft and the Lyft driver was at-fault, the company’s primary insurance should apply.
- If another driver was liable for the accident, you could file a claim against that driver (unless that driver doesn’t have insurance, in which case Lyft would cover damages).
- If you were injured in a Lyft accident and weren’t a passenger in the Lyft—such as if you were a driver or passenger in another vehicle or a pedestrian—the driver’s personal insurance would likely be responsible for your injuries and costs.
What types of damages can I recover from a Lyft accident?
If you were injured in the Lyft accident, you’re entitled to financial recovery for what you lost. That can include:
- Medical bills for doctor’s visits, treatment, prescription medication, and physical therapy you needed for your injuries
- Lost wages from time taken off work
- Transportation costs to doctor appointments
- Rehabilitation costs for serious injuries that require it
- Pain and suffering along with physical injuries
- Wrongful death if a loved one was killed in a Lyft accident
What if I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt when the Lyft accident occurred?
If you weren’t wearing a seatbelt, your Lyft driver or another at-fault person could claim this as a reason you were injured in the accident. If so, you could be accused of negligence for not wearing the seatbelt. You may still be eligible for financial recovery, but compensation will likely be reduced. Contact an attorney to find out for sure.
Talk to a Los Angeles Lyft Accident Lawyer for Free
Lyft accident cases are different than other car accident cases. At Simmrin Law Group, one of our Lyft accident lawyers can personally look at your case and help you determine who was at fault and who is ultimately responsible for your damages. We’re dedicated to helping you recover as fully as possible, and we don’t charge a dime unless you get money. To get started today for FREE, call us at 310-997-4688 or fill out the simple form to the right for a consultation at no charge to you.