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Founded in June 2012, Lyft has grown into one of the largest rideshare services in the nation. Utilizing social networking, Lyft, like Uber, has become a viable alternative to Taxi services over the year. But, like any new industry, questions remain as to how Lyft vehicles and their drivers should be regulated, and when Lyft, as a company, is liable for its drivers’ accidents.

  • 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?

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 short, a ridesharing service is any service that provides one-time shared rides through the use of GPS navigation, a social network, or an app.

Like  carpooling, ridesharing services utilizes empty seats in a passenger vehicles to provide transportation to those seeking a ride. 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

WHAT LICENSING IS REQUIRED FOR AN LYFT DRIVER?

Typically, a driver only really needs a driver’s license and proof of insurance.

While traditional taxi services which are heavily regulated, there are no certified licensing programs for Lyft drivers. After meeting a few other company-based requirements, drivers are free to transport clients with no additional training 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 RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS INVOLVING LYFT DRIVERS?

Rideshare companies have gone great lengths in order to distance themselves from legal responsibility. Lyft, for example, does not consider their drivers employees and instead lists them as independent contractors.

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?

Actual insurance policies will vary by company; however, all drivers are required to have their own insurance in order to be eligible to work for a ridesharing company. Additionally, both Lyft and Uber carry up to $1 million of liability company insurance, but this coverage is only in effect when at certain times.

For example, Lyft’s insurance policy has three levels:

  • 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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