West Ashley Lyft Accident Law Firm

Rideshare companies have enjoyed tremendous growth over the past decades. Ridesharing has become a mainstream form of transportation for many in West Ashley and the greater Charleston area. However, using Lyft is not without its risks.
 
If you have been injured in a West Ashley Lyft accident, you can likely pursue a claim with Lyft’s insurance company, the driver’s insurance company, or your own insurance company. However, determining which policy to file a claim with can be challenging. At the Steinberg Law Firm, we have assembled a dedicated team of Lyft accident lawyers who routinely handle all types of rideshare accident claims. We are familiar with rideshare insurance policies and their limitations and can help you effectively pursue the compensation you need to move on with your life after a serious accident.
 
About Lyft
 
Lyft was founded in San Francisco in 2012. It provides riders the ability to hail a car on their smartphone. The company has experienced exponential growth, and at its peak, Lyft had more than 22 million riders who used the service at least once per quarter.
 
Anyone can sign up to drive with Lyft. While this is a good thing for those looking to make a little extra income, it raises some safety concerns. For example, a driver need only meet the following criteria to sign up with Lyft:
 
• Be at least 25 years old
• Have a driver’s license
• Pass a driving history and criminal record check
 
Lyft allows drivers to use their own vehicles or rental cars, provided they meet the following criteria:
 
• A 2004 model or newer
• Four doors
• At least four seats (other than the driver’s)
• Permanent license plates
• A clean title
 
Almost anyone can drive for Lyft. The burden rests on riders to vet drivers before getting into the car. While Lyft allows users to review drivers, recently, Lyft revealed that 90 percent of passengers leave a five-star review. Lyft’s own review system is not a reliable way to determine whether a driver is safe.
 
Are Lyft Drivers More Likely to Get into a West Ashley Car Accident?
 
Lyft has been around for less than a decade, yet there are several studies on the industry, and the impact rideshares have had on accident rates. According to a study released by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, ridesharing is responsible for a 2-3 percent increase in the total number of fatal traffic accidents per year. This amounts to as many as 1,100 fatalities per year.
 
Researchers believe that one reason is the impact that “deadheading” has on traffic levels. Deadheading describes the part of the rideshare process in which the driver does not yet have a passenger and is waiting for the app to send them a ride request. Researchers found that rideshare drivers spend about 40 to 60 percent of their time deadheading. Deadheading significantly contributes to the overall traffic level, which, in turn, increases the risk of an accident.
 
Common Causes of West Ashley Lyft Accidents
 
Rideshare drivers are human and, like everyone else, will occasionally make mistakes. However, Lyft drivers face additional pressures and challenges most other motorists do not. Most rideshare accidents result from:
 
Aggressive driving  
 
Speeding, cutting in and out of traffic lanes, running red lights, and rolling through stop signs are all forms of aggressive driving. Most Lyft drivers know to avoid this type of conduct when carrying passengers. At the same time, Lyft drivers are paid per trip and will occasionally receive a bonus for completing a certain number of trips in a shift. There may also be a perceived sense of pressure from the passenger to get to their destination as quickly as possible.
 
Inexperienced driving
 
Inexperienced driving is a leading cause of rideshare car accidents. Driving a car is something that takes much practice. However, Lyft does not require that someone have a certain amount of driving experience before signing up to drive. Additionally, transporting passengers throughout the greater Charleston area will take drivers to parts of the city they are unfamiliar with. The result is that many Lyft drivers lack the experience necessary to be safe drivers.
 
Fatigued driving
 
After a full day of work or after working many consecutive hours, getting behind the wheel raises safety concerns about the driver’s level of awareness. A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that drowsy driving causes similar levels of impairment as driving under the influence of alcohol. Drowsy driving plays a role in over 15 percent of all traffic accidents. Lyft drivers are at a greater risk of being tired, and thus, have a higher likelihood of getting into an accident.
 
Distracted driving 
 
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of all traffic accidents in the United States. Lyft accidents are no exception. When a driver picks up a passenger, the Lyft app provides the driver with a route to the passenger’s destination. While Lyft requires drivers to use hands-free devices, drivers must still glance down every few seconds to check the directions. Each time they do, they divert their eyes from the road. It only takes a split second for an accident to happen.
 
If you have been injured in a West Ashley Lyft car accident, regardless of the cause, the dedicated personal injury lawyers at the Steinberg Law Firm can help. We have been working with accident victims and their families for decades, helping them pursue fair compensation for the injuries they sustained.
 
Financial Compensation Following a Lyft Accident
 
If you have been hurt in a West Ashley rideshare accident, you may be entitled to money damages to help you recover from your accident-related costs and expenses. After a car accident, anyone injured in the collision can bring a personal injury case against the driver they believe to be at fault. However, Lyft accidents are especially challenging due to the complex rideshare insurance policies.
 
Rideshare companies are required to provide insurance coverage on behalf of their drivers in certain situations. However, the extent of the coverage varies, depending on when the accident occurs.  
 
When the driver is carrying a passenger or on their way to pick up a passenger
 
Lyft maintains a generous $1 million insurance policy on behalf of its drivers. This policy is in effect from the moment the Lyft app matches a driver with a passenger and lasts until the driver drops them off. This coverage applies regardless of whether you are a Lyft passenger, pedestrian, cyclist, or occupant of another car. However, getting the insurance company to pay is often a challenge.
 
When the Lyft driver is waiting for a ride request
 
Lyft’s $1 million insurance policy does not cover accidents occurring while the driver has their app open and is waiting for a ride request. Instead, the company must only provide the following coverage:
 
• $50,000 per person/ $100,000 per accident in bodily injury liability coverage
• $30,000 of property damage liability coverage per accident
 
If a Lyft driver hits you while they are not on the clock, there is far less insurance coverage available.
 
When the driver’s app is off, or they are not accepting rides
 
If a Lyft driver causes an accident while they are not currently accepting rides, Lyft’s insurance policy does not provide any coverage. Thus, you would have to file a claim with the driver’s personal insurance policy. Under South Carolina law, all drivers must obtain at least the following amount of coverage:
 
• $25,000 per person/ $50,000 per accident in bodily injury liability coverage
• $25,000 of property damage liability coverage per accident
 
After a Lyft accident, several insurance policies may be involved, and it may be challenging to know where to start when thinking about filing a claim. Even if you file the appropriate claim, there is no guarantee that the insurance company will fairly compensate you for your injuries. At the Steinberg Law Firm, we can help you navigate this complex area of law, ensuring that your case is not unnecessarily delayed or denied. We will also handle all aspects of your case, so you can focus on your recovery rather than preparing a personal injury lawsuit.
 
Damages in a West Ashley Lyft Accident
 
Being involved in a serious car accident will suddenly change your life. At a moment’s notice, things get turned completely upside-down. Understandably, the thought of bringing a lawsuit while recovering from your injuries may seem like an overwhelming task. However, filing a Lyft accident claim after an accident can provide you and your family with much-needed compensation.
 
Damages in a Lyft accident case vary widely, depending on the nature of the accident and the severity of your injuries. State law allows accident victims to seek compensation for their economic and non-economic damages following an accident.
 
 Economic damages include:
 
• Past and future medical expenses
• Lost wages
• Decreased earning capacity
• Property damage
 
Economic damages can be calculated with some certainty by presenting receipts, medical bills, repair invoices, and paychecks. However, it is important to identify all possible damages and gather the appropriate documentation.
 
Non-economic damages are very different, as they compensate you for the emotional and psychological toll the accident took on your life. Non-economic damages include compensation for the following:
 
• Pain and suffering
• Loss of enjoyment of life
• Emotional distress
• Physical disability or disfigurement
 
Non-economic damages are more subjective, requiring you to explain the accident’s impact on your life. This is where the assistance of a skilled attorney can help, as they will be able to identify the full extent of your damages, so you are fairly compensated for what you have been through.
 

Reach Out to a West Ashley Car Accident Law Firm for Immediate Assistance

 
If you have been injured in a Lyft accident, contact the Steinberg Law Firm to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of car accident claims, including those involving rideshare accidents, and can confidently guide you through the process. We command an impressive knowledge of the complex insurance policies involved in these cases and can effectively advise you on obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries. Whether we are negotiating with an insurance company to work out a fair settlement offer or litigating your case before a jury, we have what it takes to succeed in even the most complex and challenging cases. To learn more and schedule a free consultation with one of our West Ashley personal injury lawyers, call us at 843-720-2800. You can also reach us through our online form.

RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$2,750,000 in a product defect case, scissor lift malfunction.

West Ashley Lyft Accident Law Firm

Rideshare companies have enjoyed tremendous growth over the past decades. Ridesharing has become a mainstream form of transportation for many in West Ashley and the greater Charleston area. However, using Lyft is not without its risks.
 
If you have been injured in a West Ashley Lyft accident, you can likely pursue a claim with Lyft’s insurance company, the driver’s insurance company, or your own insurance company. However, determining which policy to file a claim with can be challenging. At the Steinberg Law Firm, we have assembled a dedicated team of Lyft accident lawyers who routinely handle all types of rideshare accident claims. We are familiar with rideshare insurance policies and their limitations and can help you effectively pursue the compensation you need to move on with your life after a serious accident.
 
About Lyft
 
Lyft was founded in San Francisco in 2012. It provides riders the ability to hail a car on their smartphone. The company has experienced exponential growth, and at its peak, Lyft had more than 22 million riders who used the service at least once per quarter.
 
Anyone can sign up to drive with Lyft. While this is a good thing for those looking to make a little extra income, it raises some safety concerns. For example, a driver need only meet the following criteria to sign up with Lyft:
 
• Be at least 25 years old
• Have a driver’s license
• Pass a driving history and criminal record check
 
Lyft allows drivers to use their own vehicles or rental cars, provided they meet the following criteria:
 
• A 2004 model or newer
• Four doors
• At least four seats (other than the driver’s)
• Permanent license plates
• A clean title
 
Almost anyone can drive for Lyft. The burden rests on riders to vet drivers before getting into the car. While Lyft allows users to review drivers, recently, Lyft revealed that 90 percent of passengers leave a five-star review. Lyft’s own review system is not a reliable way to determine whether a driver is safe.
 
Are Lyft Drivers More Likely to Get into a West Ashley Car Accident?
 
Lyft has been around for less than a decade, yet there are several studies on the industry, and the impact rideshares have had on accident rates. According to a study released by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, ridesharing is responsible for a 2-3 percent increase in the total number of fatal traffic accidents per year. This amounts to as many as 1,100 fatalities per year.
 
Researchers believe that one reason is the impact that “deadheading” has on traffic levels. Deadheading describes the part of the rideshare process in which the driver does not yet have a passenger and is waiting for the app to send them a ride request. Researchers found that rideshare drivers spend about 40 to 60 percent of their time deadheading. Deadheading significantly contributes to the overall traffic level, which, in turn, increases the risk of an accident.
 
Common Causes of West Ashley Lyft Accidents
 
Rideshare drivers are human and, like everyone else, will occasionally make mistakes. However, Lyft drivers face additional pressures and challenges most other motorists do not. Most rideshare accidents result from:
 
Aggressive driving  
 
Speeding, cutting in and out of traffic lanes, running red lights, and rolling through stop signs are all forms of aggressive driving. Most Lyft drivers know to avoid this type of conduct when carrying passengers. At the same time, Lyft drivers are paid per trip and will occasionally receive a bonus for completing a certain number of trips in a shift. There may also be a perceived sense of pressure from the passenger to get to their destination as quickly as possible.
 
Inexperienced driving
 
Inexperienced driving is a leading cause of rideshare car accidents. Driving a car is something that takes much practice. However, Lyft does not require that someone have a certain amount of driving experience before signing up to drive. Additionally, transporting passengers throughout the greater Charleston area will take drivers to parts of the city they are unfamiliar with. The result is that many Lyft drivers lack the experience necessary to be safe drivers.
 
Fatigued driving
 
After a full day of work or after working many consecutive hours, getting behind the wheel raises safety concerns about the driver’s level of awareness. A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that drowsy driving causes similar levels of impairment as driving under the influence of alcohol. Drowsy driving plays a role in over 15 percent of all traffic accidents. Lyft drivers are at a greater risk of being tired, and thus, have a higher likelihood of getting into an accident.
 
Distracted driving 
 
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of all traffic accidents in the United States. Lyft accidents are no exception. When a driver picks up a passenger, the Lyft app provides the driver with a route to the passenger’s destination. While Lyft requires drivers to use hands-free devices, drivers must still glance down every few seconds to check the directions. Each time they do, they divert their eyes from the road. It only takes a split second for an accident to happen.
 
If you have been injured in a West Ashley Lyft car accident, regardless of the cause, the dedicated personal injury lawyers at the Steinberg Law Firm can help. We have been working with accident victims and their families for decades, helping them pursue fair compensation for the injuries they sustained.
 
Financial Compensation Following a Lyft Accident
 
If you have been hurt in a West Ashley rideshare accident, you may be entitled to money damages to help you recover from your accident-related costs and expenses. After a car accident, anyone injured in the collision can bring a personal injury case against the driver they believe to be at fault. However, Lyft accidents are especially challenging due to the complex rideshare insurance policies.
 
Rideshare companies are required to provide insurance coverage on behalf of their drivers in certain situations. However, the extent of the coverage varies, depending on when the accident occurs.  
 
When the driver is carrying a passenger or on their way to pick up a passenger
 
Lyft maintains a generous $1 million insurance policy on behalf of its drivers. This policy is in effect from the moment the Lyft app matches a driver with a passenger and lasts until the driver drops them off. This coverage applies regardless of whether you are a Lyft passenger, pedestrian, cyclist, or occupant of another car. However, getting the insurance company to pay is often a challenge.
 
When the Lyft driver is waiting for a ride request
 
Lyft’s $1 million insurance policy does not cover accidents occurring while the driver has their app open and is waiting for a ride request. Instead, the company must only provide the following coverage:
 
• $50,000 per person/ $100,000 per accident in bodily injury liability coverage
• $30,000 of property damage liability coverage per accident
 
If a Lyft driver hits you while they are not on the clock, there is far less insurance coverage available.
 
When the driver’s app is off, or they are not accepting rides
 
If a Lyft driver causes an accident while they are not currently accepting rides, Lyft’s insurance policy does not provide any coverage. Thus, you would have to file a claim with the driver’s personal insurance policy. Under South Carolina law, all drivers must obtain at least the following amount of coverage:
 
• $25,000 per person/ $50,000 per accident in bodily injury liability coverage
• $25,000 of property damage liability coverage per accident
 
After a Lyft accident, several insurance policies may be involved, and it may be challenging to know where to start when thinking about filing a claim. Even if you file the appropriate claim, there is no guarantee that the insurance company will fairly compensate you for your injuries. At the Steinberg Law Firm, we can help you navigate this complex area of law, ensuring that your case is not unnecessarily delayed or denied. We will also handle all aspects of your case, so you can focus on your recovery rather than preparing a personal injury lawsuit.
 
Damages in a West Ashley Lyft Accident
 
Being involved in a serious car accident will suddenly change your life. At a moment’s notice, things get turned completely upside-down. Understandably, the thought of bringing a lawsuit while recovering from your injuries may seem like an overwhelming task. However, filing a Lyft accident claim after an accident can provide you and your family with much-needed compensation.
 
Damages in a Lyft accident case vary widely, depending on the nature of the accident and the severity of your injuries. State law allows accident victims to seek compensation for their economic and non-economic damages following an accident.
 
 Economic damages include:
 
• Past and future medical expenses
• Lost wages
• Decreased earning capacity
• Property damage
 
Economic damages can be calculated with some certainty by presenting receipts, medical bills, repair invoices, and paychecks. However, it is important to identify all possible damages and gather the appropriate documentation.
 
Non-economic damages are very different, as they compensate you for the emotional and psychological toll the accident took on your life. Non-economic damages include compensation for the following:
 
• Pain and suffering
• Loss of enjoyment of life
• Emotional distress
• Physical disability or disfigurement
 
Non-economic damages are more subjective, requiring you to explain the accident’s impact on your life. This is where the assistance of a skilled attorney can help, as they will be able to identify the full extent of your damages, so you are fairly compensated for what you have been through.
 

Reach Out to a West Ashley Car Accident Law Firm for Immediate Assistance

 
If you have been injured in a Lyft accident, contact the Steinberg Law Firm to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of car accident claims, including those involving rideshare accidents, and can confidently guide you through the process. We command an impressive knowledge of the complex insurance policies involved in these cases and can effectively advise you on obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries. Whether we are negotiating with an insurance company to work out a fair settlement offer or litigating your case before a jury, we have what it takes to succeed in even the most complex and challenging cases. To learn more and schedule a free consultation with one of our West Ashley personal injury lawyers, call us at 843-720-2800. You can also reach us through our online form.

RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$2,750,000 in a product defect case, scissor lift malfunction.

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