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Accidents involving Lyft vehicles can be complex and present unique obstacles. For example, whose insurance the vehicle is under can vary depending on the status of the driver’s Lyft app, switching between the driver’s personal insurance and Lyft’s company insurance.

If you have been involved in a crash with a Lyft vehicle, it is essential that you contact a rideshare accident attorney familiar with the regulations surrounding ride-sharing services.


Lyft Accidents and Company Liability

Founded in June 2012, Lyft has quickly grown into one of the largest ride-sharing services in the nation and become a 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.

Lyft has consistently 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.

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If you are involved in a crash with a Lyft vehicle, do not risk your claim to compensation. Contact Thomas J. Henry Law immediately and let our team of more than 200 attorneys protect your rights and your recovery. Our rideshare accident attorneys have the legal knowledge and resources to handle your claim aggressively and effectively. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Our rideshare accident law firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call our Lyft accident lawyers today for a free case review.

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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 no prior connection to the passenger, and are for profit. Among the leading ridesharing services are:
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  • 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.
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.

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