We are so used to calling for a Lyft ride on our phone and getting into a stranger's car that most of us don't give it a second thought. Car accidents are still a common threat, no matter who is driving. If you are involved in an accident as a Lyft passenger, what will Lyft do to make sure your medical bills are paid and you get compensation for time away from work?
Passenger in Serious Lyft Accident
Malka Braver is a mother of 6 and was on her way home as a Lyft passenger after visiting her parents. Just around the corner from her home, a speeding driver T-boned the rideshare vehicle. The mother was sent to the hospital in serious condition, with the Lyft driver and other driver both hospitalized but in stable condition.
According to Lyft, they provide insurance coverage if the driver's insurance does not come up to the minimum standards. However, if you listen to some people who have actually been in accidents as rideshare drivers and passengers, actually getting the billion-dollar company to pay out has been a problem, until they get a lawyer involved.
In September, we wrote about a tourist visiting the U.S. who was injured in a Lyft ride. According to the accident victim, he still had no relief from the rideshare company after more than 3 months of getting injured, only getting the runaround from Lyft's insurance provider. In November, we wrote about a Lyft driver who went through a nightmare after another driver caused an accident, with both her personal auto policy and Lyft's insurance saying the other would pay.
Take Action to Enforce Claims of Coverage
The rideshare companies are in the business of getting drivers and passengers to take as many rides as possible. In order to sell this, the rideshare companies need to make it seem as safe as possible, including promises about insurance coverage, vehicle safety, and background checks. The reality is that anytime a passenger gets into a Lyft or Uber, they are accepting a certain level of risk.
The state of Colorado requires a minimum level of insurance coverage for passengers and other people who might be involved in a rideshare accident. While the Lyft or Uber driver is picking up a rider or transporting a rider, the insurance is supposed to be for up to 1 million dollars ($1,000,000) per accident. However, when multiple people are injured in an accident, the medical bills could easily exceed that amount, leaving passengers fighting to get compensation for their losses.
Lyft's claims for passenger safety must also be taken with more than a grain of salt, simply based on past experiences. There have been a number of Lyft and Uber drivers who were exposed to have felony records, including records for sexual assault. Other drivers were found to be using someone else's driver's account. Some drivers had a history of drunk driving, without the passengers knowing anything about their driver. Assault and sexual assault is still a problem for the ridesharing industry when drivers attack unsuspecting or inebriated passengers.
Rideshare Accident Attorney
It can be an uphill battle for anyone involved in a Lyft or Uber accident, including the passenger, driver, or driver of another vehicle. The rideshare company may try and avoid paying for the damages. If you were injured in a Lyft or Uber 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 to help.