Driving for Lyft puts regular people to work providing taxi pick-up and drop-off services, without requiring a special license or conditional training. Driving a Lyft or Uber for extra money or as a full-time job puts additional hours on the road. Increased time behind the wheel increases the risk of an accident.
Even the safest Denver Lyft drivers can end up in a serious accident caused by another negligent driver. How does an injured rideshare driver recover compensation after an accident? It can be difficult to deal with the insurance companies after a Lyft accident because the insurance provider generally wants someone else to pay for the damage.
If a Lyft driver is killed in a fatal car accident, what options does the family have to recover damages? A wrongful death lawsuit may allow family members or beneficiaries to recover compensation after a loved one was injured in an accident. If you have questions about what to do after a fatal car crash, contact an experienced Colorado rideshare accident attorney for help.
Lyft Driver Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver
Mohammed Hossain was a father of 3 who drove for Lyft as a way to make some extra money, including helping his brother-in-law pay for nursing school. Hossain was on his final ride of the night and texted his wife that he'd be right home after. When driving through a Brooklyn intersection, another driver ran the read light, T-boning the Lyft vehicle. The Lyft passenger survived with a broken femur but Hossain was killed in the accident.
The other driver told police he had 3 beers before the crash, which occurred at almost 4 in the morning. However, an alcohol test showed the driver had twice the legal limit. The driver did not have a license, insurance, and did not have proper license plates. The driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter, DUI, and other vehicle violations.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits After Denver Car Accidents
The spouse or other relatives of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Under Colorado Revised Statute § 13-21-202, when the death of a person is caused by negligence, and the deceased could have filed a claim if they were not killed, the party injured can file an action to recover damages.
In Colorado, certain family members or representatives can file a wrongful death claim, including the spouse, heirs of the deceased, or a designated beneficiary. The statute of limitations is 2-years in a wrongful death claim. This means the beneficiaries have 2 years after a fatal accident to file a claim or the claim could be denied.
Damages in a wrongful death claim can include any economic damages related to the death of the victim and damages suffered by the family, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of the decedent's services
- Loss of the decedent's income
- Loss of the benefits
- Loss of consortium
Colorado Fatal Car Accident Attorneys
If a family member was fatally killed in a car accident in Boulder, Arvada, or anywhere in the Denver area, contact our office today at 303-642-8888 for a free consultation. We are here waiting for you.