If you were injured while a passenger in a Lyft vehicle, you likely have a great many questions about what you should do next. As a passenger in a Lyft vehicle, you have rights that deserve to be protected, especially if you were injured as a result of the accident. You have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible parties, including other drivers, the Lyft driver, or even Lyft itself.
If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed as the result of a Lyft automobile accident while as a passenger in Denver or the greater Denver metropolitan area, an experienced personal injury attorney at accidentdenver.com can fight for your rights.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do I do after a Lyft accident?
If you are involved in an accident while riding as a Lyft passenger, you should immediately report the accident to the police if you are able to do so. If you or another person is injured, you should call 911 to report the accident. Making sure you and others are safe and given proper medical attention is always the first priority.
Making sure that a police report is filed is also extremely important following a Lyft accident. The police report provides the officers' insights into who was at fault, what happened, and other important evidence that will be useful in getting you compensated for your injuries.
2. How do I report my Lyft accident in Denver?
After an accident, you can report it in several ways:
- Call 911
- Call the local police department, sheriff's office, or highway patrol
- Report the accident on Lyft's website
- Call your insurance carrier
3. Will I be covered by insurance after a Lyft accident?
As a passenger in a Lyft vehicle, you are covered by Lyft's automobile insurance policy. This policy protects you and others injured as a result of a Lyft vehicle accident. During the time you are a passenger, the insurance coverage is the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000) per accident. What this means is that Lyft's insurance policy will cover up to $1,000,000 in total damages for the entire accident.
This coverage includes damages to property, yourself, and any injuries to others involved in the accident.
4. Does the Lyft driver have his or her own insurance coverage?
Lyft drivers are expected to carry their own insurance as well. Lyft's accident insurance should cover your damages, but if your injuries were so severe as to exceed the Lyft insurance limitations, you could file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver's insurance company as well.
5. Who do I name in my personal injury lawsuit following a Lyft accident?
Who is named in the personal injury lawsuit after an accident depends on the circumstances of your individual case, but ultimately, the most common named parties include:
- the Lyft driver
- Lyft (the company)
- a driver responsible for the accident
- a responsible driver's employer (if working while driving)
- any responsible insurance companies
Depending on your case, other parties may be named as well. Your experienced attorney will ensure all proper parties are named in your case.
6. Is Lyft responsible for my injuries, or just the driver?
If the Lyft driver was responsible for the accident, Lyft as a company can be held responsible for its actions in many cases. For one, the insurance policy will cover you because you were a passenger. This places responsibility on Lyft to make sure you are compensated for your injuries following an accident.
7. How are Lyft drivers selected?
Lyft drivers are hired to drive members of the public from place to place, and are expected to meet certain criteria. Lyft is required to hire safe drivers, and who are legally permitted to drive. Lyft utilizes background checks and other research methods to help determine if a driver is safe. However, sometimes Lyft hires inexperienced or dangerous drivers, and when they do they should be held responsible.
8. How are Lyft drivers trained?
Lyft drivers are given limited training on proper safety procedures, including a community safety education course. Drivers are also trained on how to use the Lyft app and any equipment. An inadequately trained driver can be dangerous, and when it is the company's fault, it should be held responsible for any injuries you suffered as a result.
9. What is a personal injury lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit is a civil lawsuit for money damages to compensate you for injuries sustained as a result of another person's negligence or wrongdoing. It is designed to compensate you for your out of pocket costs, as well as other damages such as pain and suffering.
10. How long do I have to file my personal injury lawsuit?
If you are injured as a passenger in a Lyft accident, you have three years from the date of the accident in which to file your personal injury lawsuit. This is called the statute of limitations.
What this means is that if you fail to file your personal injury lawsuit within three years from the date of the accident, your case will be dismissed. This is true even when you would have a strong case that you could have won, so it is important to approach an experienced attorney soon after your accident to avoid this possibility.
If a person died as a result of the accident, a wrongful death action is appropriate. In that case, the statute of limitations is only two years from the date of the accident. There are exceptions to these time limits, but they are rare, so it is crucial you consult an experienced attorney quickly following your accident.
Consult an Experienced Denver Rideshare Auto Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in an accident while a passenger in a Lyft vehicle, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and receive financial compensation for any injuries you suffered as a result.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in the greater Denver metropolitan area, please do not hesitate to contact accidentdenver.com today at 303-642-8888 for a free consultation. We are here waiting for you.