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Founded in June 2012, Lyft has quickly grown into one of the largest ridesharing services in the nation and become viable alternative to traditional taxi services. Taking notes from social media platforms, Lyft has created a quick and convenient way for people to find rides to nearly any destination they desire. However, as with any new industry, questions still remain as to how Lyft vehicles and their drivers should be regulated and when Lyft, as a company, is liable for accidents caused by its drivers.

Frequently asked questions include:

  • What qualifies as a ridesharing service?
  • What licensing is required for a rideshare driver?
  • Who can be held responsible for accidents involving rideshare drivers? In the event of an accident resulting in injury or death, is the driver or the company liable for damages?
  • How do ridesharing companies insure their vehicles?

We’ve attempted to provide some insight on these question below. If you have further questions regarding an accident with or in an Lyft vehicle, contact our law offices. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim.

WHAT IS A RIDESHARING SERVICE?

In broad terms, a ridesharing service is any service that provides one-time shared rides through the use of GPS navigation, a social network, or an app. Similar to carpooling, ridesharing services like Lyft utilizes empty seats in a passenger vehicle to provide a ride to those seeking one; however, unlike carpooling, ridesharing services are generally set up on short notice, are provided by drivers with not prior connection to the passenger, and are for profit.

Among the leading ridesharing services are:

  • Lyft
  • Uber
  • Sidecar
  • Wingz
  • Fasten
  • Ride Austin

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BEING A LYFT DRIVER?

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.

WHO CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR ACCIDENTS INVOLVING LYFT VEHICLES?

Ridesharing companies have worked pretty hard to distance themselves their drivers, at least in terms of legal responsibility. Lyft, for example, has fought against litigation that would give its drivers employment status under 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.

HOW DOES LYFT INSURE THEIR VEHICLES?

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.

WHAT DO I DO IF I AM INVOLVED IN AN LYFT ACCIDENT?

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving an Lyft or other vehicle used in a ridesharing service, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our attorneys have the legal knowledge and resources to handle your claim aggressively and effectively. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, El Paso, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review.

 

 

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