Lyft is a rideshare app that allows numerous people the ability to get transported from one ara to another. Drivers are everyday individuals, not professionals, and as a result, they may not always be aware of the best routes to destinations. Lyft drivers generally adhere to the GPS navigation system, but this can be problematic in some situations. A driver could follow a wrong turn or obey directions that were faulty and end up in an accident. If you were injured in a Lyft accident caused by a faulty GPS, you should take legal action. Our team of attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group can bring you the compensation you deserve.
Problems with Lyft Navigation
Lyft’s navigation system is built in to the app and utilizes Google Maps. Waze is a secondary app that is primarily used in conjunction with the main app to see alternate routes, check for police activity, and more. The navigation generally tends to take the fastest route and avoids the most slowdowns.
However, despite the navigation systems being used by so many individuals and the accuracy being determined by satellite examination of traffic, there are still issues. One of the problems that arises is when a navigation app tells the driver to make a left hand turn onto a side street when there’s a lot of traffic coming in the opposite direction. Drivers may react quickly and end up crashing or getting broadsided by an incoming car.
Additionally, the GPS may simply glitch out or malfunction. It could suggest that the driver turn left down a one-way street, turn onto a freeway exit ramp, or turn onto an unfinished section of road. Of course, it is the driver’s responsibility to always be attentive and careful when driving, but all the distractions and other things make it hard at times. Drivers generally trust the GPS and do not expect it to give potentially dangerous instructions. Driver may then run head-on into other vehicles, get broadsided or T-boned, get rear ended if they suddenly needed to turn because the GPS was late conveying instructions, and more.
Injuries from Lyft Accidents
It is possible that you could be severely hurt from a Lyft accident. The injuries may put you out of commission for some time. The damages can include:
- Spinal cord injuries and neck damage
- Sprains and strains
- Dislocated joints
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage or compression
- CRPS or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Burns of various degrees
- Crushing injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Closed head injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage
- Disc damages
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Lacerations, cuts, bruises, and abrasions
- Severed limbs and digits
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia
These damages could be permanent and could prevent you from continuing your job or living a normal life. You should be prepared to take legal action against Lyft for the faulty software.
What do I do if Lyft Navigation GPS caused me to get into an accident?
If you were in an accident that could be attributed to the faulty navigation system, you may ask, “Can I sue Lyft?” or “Do I have a case against Lyft?” The answer is yes – you can sue Lyft and pursue legal compensation. The difficult part is acquiring evidence to back up your claim.
You will first need to go to the doctor to get medical treatment for your injuries. If you do not go to the hospital quickly, you will risk worsening your health and potentially damaging your lawsuit. A gap between the incident and the treatment is a bad sign for insurance agents. While at the hospital, get medical receipts, prescriptions, doctor’s notes, X-ray and MRI results, and more.
Get photos of the scene of the accident, the Lyft driver, the car involved in the incident, and more. You can take screenshots of your trip if you were a passenger or try to save the trip’s details from Google Maps if you were behind the wheel. Video evidence, such as from a dashboard camera, can also be used.
If there were any witnesses, you could add their statements to the claim. You may be benefited the most by other passengers in the car; their testimonies can back up what you claim the GPS said to do or can attest to it glitching or malfunctioning.
You will need to file an incident report with Lyft to alert them to the accident. This will prevent them from denying anything occurred.
If the police showed up to the scene, they will have taken down a report. You can acquire a copy of this report later from the police station.
Finally, it is recommended that you get legal representation instead of trying to pursue the case by yourself. You may never have taken legal action before and might not know the first thing to do when you seek compensation. Negotiation tactics may be foreign to you and you might not be aware of laws and statutes. With the help of an attorney, you will be able to sue Lyft without worrying about your own experience, time, money, or skill.
Lyft’s Insurance Coverage
Lyft offers insurance coverage for its drivers, which is the policy you will be pursuing when you sue. When a Lyft driver is not using the app, he is covered by his own personal policy. When he turns the app on and has not yet accepted any customers, he is covered for $50,000 in liability. Once he has accepted a rider and is en route to pick the person up, and while the person is in the vehicle, the liability coverage increases to $1,000,000. The $1,000,000 is also active for uninsured and underinsured coverage.
The company is generally reluctant to pay out these claims if you were injured. It can be hard to acquire compensation because Lyft will blame everything but its own navigation system. A professional attorney who can file a lawsuit against Lyft for you will benefit your claim.
Compensation from a Lyft GPS Accident
The amount of compensation you can receive from a Lyft accident caused by a defective or faulty GPS will vary. Each case is different and may be valued very widely apart. The insurance agent will look at the extent of your injuries, your career, the cause of the accident, and more to determine an offer, which we will then negotiate to improve. Our goal is to bring you the maximum compensation available under the law.
You may be able to receive coverage for the following:
- Medical bills and expenses from the past and future for hospitalization, surgery, medication, physical rehabilitation, and more
- Lost income if you were not able to return to work, whether in the past or future
- Property damage if your personal items were lost, broken, or in need of replacement or repair
- Pain and suffering damages to account for psychological trauma, fear, anxiety, PTSD, and more
In the event a loved one passed away, you could pursue wrongful death damages. This includes funeral and burial costs, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of inheritance, loss of consortium, and more.
We will do everything in our power to win you the maximum compensation available for your case.
Statute of Limitations on Lyft Accident Lawsuits
California has a 2-year statute of limitations on Lyft accident claims. If you were injured in an accident caused by the Lyft driver’s GPS system, you should take action quickly. Failure to sue within the 2-year window will prevent you from getting any compensation at all.
There are some scenarios in which the statute of limitations can be extended beyond the time frame. This is possible if the victim is under 18 years old or has been left incapacitated from the incident. The statute of limitations will be extended to match his 18th birthday or return to functionality, respectively. Often, claims do not get filed on time because victims are unaware of the statute of limitations. If you come to our firm for assistance, we will submit your claim by the deadline and ensure that nothing is late.
Our Firm and You
The Downtown LA Law Group is one of the premier law firms in Los Angeles. We have a team of dedicated Lyft accident attorneys who can help you if the GPS navigation system contributed to a crash. We have been fighting Lyft for years and know the best methods for success. If we have to go to court to win your claim, our aggressive lawyers are willing to do so.
For a free legal consultation with an attorney, call our firm today. We’ll tell you what we believe your case is worth and will help you understand how to move forward with legal action. If you hire us for our services, we’ll also give you our zero fee guarantee. This means that you will pay no fees from start to finish during the case. We will cover all costs and will only get paid if we win. If we lose, we receive nothing.
To sue Lyft because you were hurt in an accident due to a faulty GPS, contact the Downtown LA Law Group today.