Lyft Accident Attorney in Los Angeles


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.

Insurance Coverage

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. 

Lyft divides its insurance coverage into:

  • Period 1: Low liability coverage of $50,000 per person injured, $25,000 for property damage, and $100,000 per incident. No collision or comprehensive coverage or UM/UIM coverage
  • Period 2/3: Lyft has a $1 million liability policy, while UM/UIM is contingent on having personal collision and comprehensive coverage; Lyft’s policy kicks in if your insurer denies your claim but has a $2,500 deductible.

Follow the same procedures you would in any car accident. Call 9-1-1 for immediate medical attention. If it is possible, take photographs of the scene and file a police report, and exchange insurance and contact information with the driver, other passengers, and witnesses. Also contact Lyft to inform them of the accident.

Call for medical attention if injured and get the contact information of people involved in the accident, and witnesses. If unable to, ask someone else to take pictures of the accident scene. The more information you have immediately after the accident, the more your Lyft crash lawyer can help with your claim.

Call 9-1-1 if you or your passengers are injured and follow the company’s instructions to contact its “Safety Team”. A critical response team is available for drivers to report accidents or a safety or citation problem.

Seek medical attention if necessary, and contact the police, your insurance company, and Lyft. If you’re the driver, get as much information about the crash as you can, noting the location, time, and road conditions. If you’re a passenger, get your driver’s information and that of other drivers involved.

In California, you have two years to file a lawsuit for a personal injury claim. This is why it’s important you contact our Orange County & Los Angeles personal injury attorneys as soon possible. Our Lyft accident attorneys can help you navigate the tricky waters.

File a report with the police immediately after the accident. The information you gather, plus documentation of medical care, is important for your Lyft accident lawyer.

Lyft does not specify its procedure for drivers in an accident, but its critical response team is available 24/7. You can request a call at any time.

Lyft drivers are not employees, making it difficult to establish liability. If the driver is not on the clock, the rideshare company’s policy probably won’t compensate you for the accident. The driver’s insurance policy may provide the appropriate coverage. Lyft’s policy covers accidents while a passenger is in the car.

Automobile accident victims may suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and other severe consequences. As a result, a Lyft car accident attorney in Los Angeles can work to get you compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent disablement

The value of your claim depends on your case. The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani has recovered as much as $6 million for auto accident victims.

With 25 years of experience, our Lyft accident attorney understands the laws and how to negotiate with insurance companies. Call 888-952-2952 to schedule a free consultation and our Los Angeles Lyft accident attorney will meet you at your home if necessary. If in a Lyft car accident, call us right away.

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