Dallas Lyft Accident Lawyers

Dallas Lyft Accident Lawyers

Lyft is one of the most popular rideshare services in Dallas. This transportation option is highly accessible throughout the metropolitan area, yet a safe ride is no guarantee. If you are injured due to a Lyft driver’s negligence, you don’t have to deal with the confusion or frustration of this experience on your own. We can help.

Thomas J. Henry Law protects your legal rights and helps you get the payment you deserve. Contact us today to have an experienced Dallas Lyft crash attorney review your case for free. 


Liability in a Dallas Lyft Accident Lawsuit

Rideshare accidents are relatively new from a legal standpoint. While Lyft has only been in business since 2012, it’s now a strong presence in the Dallas area. This rapid growth has led to various legal and regulatory concerns. 

Lyft drivers are not company employees — they are independent contractors. This allows the company to avoid liability when one of its drivers causes an accident. If a crash occurs, insurance coverage can vary. If the driver is en route, Lyft is required by Texas law to provide liability insurance. In all other situations, such as when the driver is traveling with the app off, the driver must use their personal auto insurance

If you are a Lyft passenger in a crash, you need an attorney who stays on top of developments in the law surrounding ridesharing companies. A Dallas Lyft accident attorney can guide you through the complexities and help you seek just compensation from those at fault. 

Factors Impacting a Lyft Accident Claim

When you choose Thomas J. Henry Law, we consider every aspect of your case to optimize your chances for fair compensation. Here are some factors that could impact your lawsuit.

Driver or Company Negligence

Lyft actively works to keep its drivers listed as independent contractors. This limits Lyft’s liability in the event of driver negligence. When confronted with litigation matters, Lyft’s legal team claims that the company facilitates fares and, as such, is not responsible for any negligence displayed by its drivers. 

It is up to a Dallas Lyft accident lawyer to prove the company’s or the driver’s negligence. 

Evidence

Our legal team collects evidence to build your case against Lyft or a negligent driver. This crucial step lays the foundation for your insurance claim or lawsuit. Evidence could include:

  • Driver information
  • The nature of your injuries
  • Potential witness statements
  • Police reports
  • Video footage

Injuries

Car accident injuries can be severe if you are a passenger in a Lyft ride. A driver’s negligence can lead to short- and long-term medical issues, as well as costly medical expenses or time off work. Your main recourse may be compensation from Lyft’s insurance or the driver’s policy. Let our legal team handle negotiations or potential litigation if the matter goes to court. 

Recoverable Damages

If a Lyft driver is found at fault for a car accident, you may be entitled to several forms of recoverable damages, including:

  • Economic: Financial loss like medical bills, property damage or lost income
  • Non-economic: Mental or emotional losses, such as pain and suffering
  • Punitive or exemplary: Damages intended to punish the at-fault party for negligent acts

Why Choose Our Nationally Recognized Firm

Thomas J. Henry Law is the largest personal injury firm in Dallas and throughout Texas. Our team consists of over 200 attorneys ready to work on your behalf to protect your rights. Our comprehensive understanding of state rideshare laws can help you attain a successful outcome. 

As part of our contingency fee agreement with our clients, we do not receive any fees unless you win your case. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns. 

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If you need help with an accident involving a Lyft driver, don’t wait. Contact Thomas J. Henry Law today. Call our Dallas location at 214-646-3953 for a free case review.

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Insurance policies will vary by company; however, all rideshare drivers are required to have their own insurance in order to be eligible to work for a ridesharing company. In addition to the driver’s insurance, Lyft carries up to $1 million of liability company insurance. However, this coverage is only in effect when at certain times: Lyft App is OFF: Only the driver’s personal insurance is in effect. App is ON and Driver is “Available”: In addition to driver’s insurance, Lyft’s contingent liability coverage can now be accessed. This includes up to $100,000 for injuries. Driver is on Lyft Trip: Company’s full commercial insurance coverage is in effect. This includes $1 million in third-party liability and $1 million in uninsured and underinsured coverage.
Typically, all a person needs to become a Lyft driver is an active driver’s license and proof of insurance. Lyft is not as heavily regulated as traditional taxi services, and Lyft drivers are not expected to complete a certified licensing program. After meeting a few company-based requirements, drivers are free to transport clients without any additional training, on-boarding, or experience Initially, this resulted in many of these services being banned as unlicensed taxi companies. However, bans have since been lifted, leaving the companies free to operate.
Ridesharing companies have worked pretty hard to distance themselves from their drivers, at least in terms of legal responsibility. Lyft, for example, has fought against litigation that would give its drivers' employment status under the law. Instead, Lyft has pushed to keep its drivers listed as independent contractors in order to limit the company’s liability for any negligence displayed by their drivers. When confronted with litigation, rideshare providers like Lyft will attempt to claim they only facilitate fares and are not responsible for their driver’s actions. It is then up to the plaintiff’s attorneys to prove the company’s liability.
A ridesharing service is a service that arranges one-time shared rides through the use of GPS navigation devices, smartphones, and social networks. Similar to carpooling, ridesharing services like Uber utilize empty seats in passenger vehicles to provide transportation to those without access to a vehicle or who may not be in a condition to drive. Unlike carpooling, these services are often set up on short notice and are done for the sole purpose of profit. Among the leading ridesharing services are:
  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Sidecar
  • Wingz
  • Fasten
  • Ride Austin
Typically, a passenger who gets hurt in a car crash has an easier case than a driver or any other type of personal injury plaintiff due to the fact that the passenger generally does not share any liability (though there are exceptions). In a two-car accident, for example, fault will normally lie with one or both of the drivers. However, the passenger must still prove that:
  • The crash was the defendant’s fault
  • The plaintiff suffered damages
  • The defendant’s actions resulted in damages
  • The extent of the damages sustained
With this in mind, a passenger injury claim will proceed just like any other car accident claim. Just as in other auto accident cases, the passenger would want to gather the insurance information for any drivers involved in the crash and file claims with the insurance companies of any of the drivers he or she believes is liable for the crash. Of course, if the accident were a single-vehicle crash, the passenger would only file with their own driver’s insurance company.

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