Can I Sue Lyft if I’m in an Accident?

Avoiding a drive in Las Vegas traffic can be a big relief when you’re heading out for a night on the town. The problem is, you may not be able to avoid a car accident, even if you’re in a rideshare. Someone was careless, your Lyft driver crashed, and now you’re seriously injured. 

But can you sue if you were injured in a Lyft accident? The answer can get a little complicated fast. If you’re not sure where you stand or what your options are after a Lyft accident, reach out to the lawyers at Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright for aid getting compensation for your injuries. 

Suing the Rideshare Company 

When you’re hurt by a rideshare driver, your first thought may be that the driver was at fault. Maybe they were texting or otherwise distracted while driving you to your destination. Maybe they were driving drowsy. In any of these cases, you may think about holding them liable for your injuries. 

But they’re at work. Shouldn’t that impact your claim? 

Typically, when you’re hurt by a driver on the job, their employer may be responsible. For example, if you were taking a taxi, you might sue the taxi company, not the driver. But Lyft and other rideshare companies consider their drivers independent contractors. That means the company typically isn’t liable for your injuries. 

Lyft’s Insurance Policy May Cover You 

But that doesn’t mean you’re out of options. Lyft drivers are expected to carry commercial drivers insurance, which may cover the costs of your injuries. If you were injured in a Lyft while on a ride, or if you were struck by a Lyft driver, the insurance policy may cover up to $1 million in damages. 

Seeking a settlement with the insurance company doesn’t guarantee a response, though. The insurance company wants to make a profit, and paying out for your injuries can hurt its profits. Because of this, you may need to contact a lawyer if you think the insurer is offering you a low settlement or if the company refuses to settle at all. 

Get Fair Compensation with a Lawyer’s Aid

After a serious Lyft accident, it can be difficult to take action on your claim. You may have questions, and suing for a Lyft accident may not be exactly like suing for a car accident in which you were a driver. You’re dealing with a corporation, so your claim may be more complex. 

Luckily, your lawyer at Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright is ready to help you get compensated. If Lyft or the insurance company is unwilling to cover the costs of your recovery, reach out to a rideshare accident lawyer for a free consultation. Get a headstart on your recovery when you call 702-384-7111 or fill out the online contact form below.