San Antonio Lyft Accident Lawyers

Serving Victims Injured in Lyft Accidents in
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Are you a regular user of Lyft rideshare services in the San Antonio area? If you’re involved in an accident as a Lyft passenger, the outcome of the crash can become complicated, especially regarding insurance coverage. It might not be apparent whose coverage will apply to the accident — Lyft or the driver’s personal policy. This gray area could impact your ability to receive compensation for your injuries. 

Contacting a knowledgeable Lyft accident attorney is crucial for protecting your rights. A lawyer who understands the rideshare service laws and regulations can help you navigate the complex legal landscape and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. 


Lyft and Rideshare Companies’ Liability

Since its founding in 2012, Lyft has grown to become one of the largest ridesharing services in the United States. Many passengers prefer the service as an alternative to taxis or other public transportation modes because it is often faster, more reliable and convenient. 

While Lyft and other rideshare services have become increasingly popular, their rapid rise and lack of regulations create liability issues. Under Texas commercial auto insurance law, Lyft must maintain a comprehensive insurance policy that provides coverage during different stages of a ride, which is higher from the time a passenger accepts the ride until the dropoff occurs. Texas law also requires that Lyft provide Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage for its drivers. In general, Lyft’s insurance covers the driver and passengers whenever the driver is actively using the Lyft app. 

On the other hand, Lyft drivers are responsible for any damages or injuries that occur when they are not logged into the app. When drivers cause an accident, they have to turn to their personal auto policy to cover a passenger’s injuries. Disputes between Lyft’s insurer and the driver’s personal insurer can arise, as each may attempt to avoid liability.

Factors to Consider in Lyft Accident Lawsuits

Many situations can impact Lyft passengers and possibly create liability issues. Some factors to weigh in a Lyft accident include:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one example of the many scenarios Lyft passengers can face. A driver attempting to navigate the app or not paying attention for other reasons can cause an accident, and they might be liable for the resulting property damage or injuries. 

Potential Injuries

You probably don’t think about getting into an accident while riding in a Lyft vehicle. However, a wreck can occur even on short trips. An injury could prevent you from working and disrupt your life in other ways. You may need to pursue compensation from Lyft or the driver’s insurance coverage. 

Recoverable Damages

There can be disputes under the liability portion of Lyft’s insurance coverage regarding the types of damages that are recoverable from an accident. A San Antonio Lyft accident lawyer can help ensure the policy is being interpreted correctly. 

Evidence

Collecting evidence is crucial when pursuing a liability claim, especially one involving a San Antonio Lyft accident lawsuit. Enlisting the services of an experienced attorney can make a difference in the outcome of your case, as they can gather and present information that works in your favor. 

Why Trust Thomas J. Henry Law?

Acting swiftly is essential if you’re in a Lyft accident in San Antonio. At Thomas J. Henry Law, we have extensive experience handling complex legal situations involving Lyft and other rideshare vehicles. Our team includes over 200 attorneys — we have the knowledge and resources to fully represent your legal rights. 

You can enlist our legal services without risk. We work on a contingency fee, meaning you won’t owe us any legal fees unless we win your case. 

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Do you have questions regarding a rideshare-related accident or injury? A Thomas J. Henry Law San Antonio Lyft crash attorney has the answers. Take the next step and call us at 866-747-8731 for a free, no-obligation consultation 24 hours a day.

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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.
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
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.
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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