Lyft established a transportation network in 2012. Based in San Francisco, it is now one of the most popular rideshare companies. Much like Uber, it transports passengers on short trips in more than 200 U.S. cities. The service is generally safe, compared to other forms of transport, but our Los Angeles ridesharing accident attorney can help navigate the complex process of being compensated if you’ve been injured in an accident.
The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani is here if you need a Los Angeles Lyft accident attorney, who understands how the ridesharing service and its insurance policy operates.
- Requirements for drivers: Lyft drivers must adhere to several legal requirements. They must be at least 21 years of age, and undergo DMV, national, and county background checks. Those convicted of certain crimes are banned. Drivers must own their own vehicle, which must pass a 19-point inspection for approval. But before the approval process starts, a driver must have an iPhone or Android phone.
- Passengers: A passenger is picked up once they find a nearby driver on their phone app and request a ride. There are four options, including Lyft Line that matches riders with other riders, so the cost of the ride can be split. It is available only in select cities. The basic Lyft service accommodates up to four passengers, while Lyft Plus seats up to six; both are available nationwide. Lyft Premier offers riders a luxury vehicle in select cities.
Lyft Accident Statistics
No official statistics say how many drivers and passengers have been in a Lyft car accident, or how many cases have been managed by a Lyft accident attorney. However, there is always the risk associated with distracted driving and the actions of other motorists. There have been reports of injuries and fatalities due to Lyft accidents in the Los Angeles area and other cities, including New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
The company provides liability insurance for its drivers. However, they must already have collision and comprehensive coverage from their own personal auto insurance. There are strict rules on coverage as well. A passenger must be in the car, and the other driver must be at fault for a Lyft driver’s injuries to be covered.
Lyft’s insurance policies include:
- Contingent liability for when a driver is awaiting a ride request.
- Primary liability coverage for when a passenger is in the car.
- Contingent collision/comprehensive coverage, which covers the vehicle if these are on the driver’s personal policy.
- Uninsured/underinsured (UI/UIM) motorist coverage, for up to $1 million per accident.