Lyft Accidents

Rideshare companies like Lyft have made getting around the massive city of Los Angeles about as easy as it can be. Lyft accidents, on the other hand, bring their own brand of complications and challenges. If you’ve been injured in a Lyft accident, don’t wait to consult with an accomplished Los Angeles Lyft accident attorney.

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Rideshare Accidents Contribute to Rising in Traffic Fatalities

According to MIT Technology Review, the advent of Lyft and other rideshare companies has increased the number of traffic deaths in the United States by two to three percent since 2011, which translates to about 1,100 additional traffic fatalities every year (based on a study out of the University of Chicago and Rice University). While it’s not known if this is a short-term shift in relation to rideshare companies like Lyft or if it signifies an ongoing pattern, the uptick in traffic fatalities remains concerning.

Lyft’s practices contribute to dangerous traffic accidents in the following important ways:

Lyft contributes to traffic congestion, which is closely associated with dangerous traffic accidents. Lyft drivers spend about 40 to 60 percent of their time behind the wheel and on the Lyft app simply waiting – or searching – for passengers, which translates to more drivers on our roads who aren’t really going anywhere.

Lyft’s extreme convenience has led to a decrease in public transportation usage, which, again, increases traffic congestion. It’s now so easy to hail a Lyft and head out with one’s own personal driver that many people are forgoing public transportation options.

Other Mitigating Factors

Lyft drivers are part of the gig economy, which means they’re often hustling for their next fare, and the job isn’t as easy as it may appear. In fact, Lyft drivers face all of the following complications that can make driving more hazardous:

Lyft drivers are required to make frequent stops and starts and to pull in and out of traffic, which increases the risk of accidents.

Lyft drivers frequently interact with the Lyft app, which is where they receive pertinent information about who they’re picking up, where they’re being picked up, and where they’re going. This can amount to a serious distraction.

Lyft drivers are often required to pick up and drop off passengers in areas that they may not be familiar with.

Lyft drivers are not professional drivers, which means that they aren’t held to all the exacting rules and regulations that professional drivers are. Neither are they required to have any special licensure or experience.

Lyft drivers are paid only when they complete a ride, and often they spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel – waiting for these rides – which can lead to dangerous driver fatigue. Although Lyft drivers do face some hours-of-service limitations, they’re generally considered quite easy to bypass.

Like all drivers out there, some Lyft drivers are safer than others, and when you hop in a Lyft ride, it’s the luck of the draw when it comes to what kind of driver will be behind the wheel.

Lyft Accidents and Insurance

If you’re injured by a Lyft driver’s negligence, the question of insurance coverage tends to be more complicated, and the following applies:

The Lyft Driver Has No Passenger – If the Lyft driver who leaves you injured is on the Lyft app but has no passenger, Lyft’s insurance coverage should begin where the driver’s The Lyft Driver Has a Passenger – If you are a passenger in a Lyft vehicle or you are injured by a Lyft driver who either has a passenger or is on his or her way to pick one up, Lyft’s insurance coverage is in play. Lyft’s insurance tends to be robust, but this does not mean they won’t fight the claim, which is why you need an experienced Lyft accident attorney on your sidepersonal coverage ends. The fact is that Lyft drivers tend to spend a considerable amount of time behind the wheel waiting for their next fare – a practice known as deadheading – and this can be a bit of a grey area when it comes to insurance.

The Lyft Driver Is off the App – If the Lyft driver who causes you to be injured is off the Lyft app, the claim will go through the driver’s personal coverage (which the driver is required to carry at a certain level in order to work for Lyft). It’s important to note that Lyft drivers tend to toggle back and forth between rideshare apps and to go on and off the Lyft app in an attempt to stay on the road longer, which can allow Lyft’s insurance an out in those instances when the driver is off the app but would more accurately be described as driving for the rideshare company.

If you’ve been injured by a Lyft driver’s negligence, an experienced Lyft accident attorney can help you successfully navigate the insurance claims promise.

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Lyft Accidents and Damages

If you’ve been injured by a Lyft driver’s negligence, fighting for the compensation to which you are entitled is critical to your ability to fully recover. Your physical, financial, and emotional damages can include:

Medical Costs – The medical costs associated with Lyft accidents are often significant and can include emergency care, surgery, hospitalization, treatment from doctors and specialists, physical therapy, and more.

Lost Wages – Your injuries can keep you off the job, which often leads to lost earnings and, when very serious, can lead to a decrease in earning potential.

Pain and Suffering – The physical and emotional pain and suffering that accompany a violent Lyft accident can be immense (and difficult to overcome).

A Dedicated Los Angeles Lyft Accident Attorney Can Help

If a Lyft driver’s negligence leaves you injured, the formidable Lyft accident attorneys at Kash Legal Group in LA understand how difficult your situation is and are committed to employing the full force of their considerable skill and experience in their concerted effort to affect your case’s just resolution. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us for more information today.

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