Lyft is one of the most prevalent rideshare services in the country. It has come under scrutiny, however, for its hiring practices and for its reluctance to pay out insurance damages to victims of accidents. One such scenario involves drunk drivers. Drunk Lyft drivers have been known to pick up passengers and dangerously transport them from place to place; the risks involved in this are astronomical, and the potential for life-threatening injuries is very high. If you were in an accident with a Lyft driver who was drunk or intoxicated, you could take legal action. Our team of expert Lyft accident attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group will be able to represent you.
What are Lyft’s policies on drunk driving?
Lyft requires that all drivers be in their healthiest state of mind and do not drive with any impairments. If a driver is drunk or has been reported as drinking or abusing drugs, Lyft can choose to terminate him from the service. However, there are no further investigations that generally happen – the police will not be called by Lyft and he will not face additional consequences, he will just be unable to drive for the platform. This of course does not prevent him from driving on other platforms, which can still result in accidents.
Passengers can report a Lyft driver for driving drunk. They can attach a description or can attach videos showing his behavior. If a driver is reported numerous times for drunk driving, he can be automatically removed from the Lyft system. Passengers should also report if a driver was pulled over for drunk driving, underwent a sobriety test, was given a breathalyzer, and more.
What are Lyft’s insurance policies?
Lyft provides coverage to individuals who are hurt in accidents, including passengers, drivers, and operators of other vehicles. There is a $1,000,000 insurance policy that is active when the driver has a passenger in the vehicle. There is also $1,000,000 in underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage that can be utilized, as well.
Therefore, if you are in an accident with a drunk Lyft driver, you could pursue adequate compensation. The company will try to claim that it is not responsible for the actions of its drivers; if they choose to drink, Lyft cannot stop them. However, if Lyft knew about previous DUI incidents or saw these notes on a background check, the individual could have been rejected from being hired.
What can happen in a drunk driving incident?
A drunk driving accident can be extremely dangerous. A driver is not fully in control of his body when he is drunk; he has lowered inhibitions, murkier vision, and his reflexes are not as sharp. The chance of accidents increases because he does not know how to stop in time or he does not notice other vehicles on the road. Many drivers swerve and cannot stay straight, or they end up on the wrong side of the street.
Causes of drunk driving accidents include:
- Running stop Signs
- Inability to stop
- Failure to notice other vehicles
- Faillure to yield
- Running at red lights
Some of the injuries that can occur in such incidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
- Crushing injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Closed head injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage
- Disc damages
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Severed limbs
In the event you were seriously injured because of a drunk Lyft driver, you should take appropriate legal action.
Can I sue Lyft for a drunk driving accident?
Yes, you can sue Lyft for a drunk driving accident – Lyft is liable for the actions of its employee, even though the company wishes to classify them as independent contractors. California laws have dictated that the company must consider them hybrids and protect customers, as well as assume liability in the event of accidents and incidents.
The first step you should take to gather evidence for a claim against Lyft involves medical treatment. You should go to the hospital to get evaluated as soon as possible. You may need surgery or some other rush treatment to fix your damages. If you wait too long, your health may worsen and your insurance claim will suffer, as the insurance agent will doubt that you were seriously hurt in the first place. You should also request all test results, make copies of receipts, get copies of doctor’s notes, and more.
You will need proof that you were in a Lyft accident and that the driver was drunk, so video evidence of the driver can come in handy, but so can photos of your injuries, the vehicle that was involved in the crash, the scene of the accident, and more. It will also be beneficial for you to screenshot the trip on your phone and get a copy of your bank statement or credit card statement showing that you paid for the trip. This will all show that you were in a Lyft vehicle that was in an accident.
You can get the contact information, driver’s license number, insurance details, and more from the Lyft driver. This will let you contact him for any additional needs.
You should request a copy of the police report when the cops come to investigate. The police report will likely be submitted to the station and finalized, and you can pick it up for a few dollars.
If there were eyewitnesses on the street, passengers in the car, or other drivers who saw the accident, you can request that they add their testimonies and statements to your claim. It will be beneficial if you have additional perspectives supporting you.
You should file an incident report with Lyft to let them know that you were in an accident and that your driver was likely intoxicated.
Lastly, you should call a Lyft accident lawyer who can handle your claim for you. If you have not taken legal action, you will be at a loss as to what to do. You might not know the law or how to negotiate a claim, and the insurance agent will simply reject your request. Our attorneys will be able to fight for your rightful compensation and will not stop until we have secured you a worthwhile settlement. You can tend to your injuries and recover.
What can I win in a Lyft drunk driver accident claim?
You could receive a fair amount of compensation if you sue Lyft for injuries suffered due to a drunk driving accident. We will ensure that you receive every penny you deserve. The insurance agent will consider your claim and make you an offer. He will look at the severity of your injuries, the impact they had on your life and career, your age, your job type, and more. After he makes an offer, we will counter it and pursue every penny you need, including expenses for:
- Medical bills from the past and future for surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, and more
- Property damage to any belongings that were lost, broken, or must be replaced
- Lost income from the past and future for wages you were unable to earn
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional anxiety, fear, PTSD, and more
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one died, including funeral and burial fees, loss of consortium, loss of inheritance, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, and more
- Punitive damages if the incident happened due to gross negligence
We will not give up on your claim until we have won you the maximum compensation possible
How long do I have to file an accident claim against Lyft?
In California, there is a 2 year statute of limitations on personal injury accidents and car accident claims. If you do not file a lawsuit within that time period you will be unable to do so in the future. It is important that you act quickly to ensure that your evidence does not get lost or corrupted.
There are some scenarios in which the statute of limitations can be temporarily suspended. This can occur if the victim is left incapacitated from the incident and cannot mentally or physically file a claim, or if the victim is underage. The statute will begin when the individual returns to functionality or when he turns 18 years old.
The primary reason that many individuals fail to get compensation is an unawareness of the statute of limitations. Contact our firm to ensure that your claim is submitted on deadline.
The Downtown LA Law Groupis well known for its numerous successful lawsuits against Lyft. We have a team of expert attorneys who can win your claim and will aggressively pursue your rightful compensation. If we have to go to court to defend your rights, we are willing to do so.
Call today for a free legal consultation. All consultations are completely confidential and you can reach us any time of day, any day of the week. We’ll answer all your questions and concerns and tell you what we think your claim is worth. We’ll also tell you about our zero fee guarantee. we don’t get paid unless and until we win, and if we lose, we receive nothing.
To sue Lyft for injuries from a drunk driver, get in touch with the Downtown LA Law Group.