There are plenty of places to see and things to do in and around Coeur d’Alene. Sometimes the destination is a lakeside trail, sometimes the goal is just to get to work on time. Rideshares like Lyft can help tourists or local residents get where they need to go, but it sometimes comes at the price of traffic safety.
All of those rideshare requests drivers see every day means another car is pulling out into traffic and potentially increasing the odds that you’ll find yourself heading for a dangerous collision with a Lyft Driver.
Support for Victims of Lyft Drivers in Coeur d’Alene
A rideshare worker can be swiping over to their next destination and in that long glance at a phone have traveled hundreds of feet. If you happen to be driving that same stretch of road, it can mean an unavoidable collision and a long recovery from injuries.
If you are injured by a Lyft or other rideshare driver you should contact the attorneys with CCD Law. We support and protect the rights of Spokane, Post Falls, and Couer d’Alene victims who are injured in accidents. This accident wasn’t your fault. The driver and his or her employer should be on the hook for the cost of your entire recovery and whatever it takes to get back to your normal life. Contact us for a free evaluation and consultation on your case.
Distracting Dangers for Lyft Drivers
Distracted drivers are a deadly threat no matter where you go and Idaho’s most recent accident numbers only drive home the amount of risk involved.
KTVB-TV reported on the dangers of inattention and found that over the summer of 2019, 91 people lost their lives in traffic accidents on state roads. Shockingly, a third of those tragic crashes involved distracted driving. That’s an astonishing number considering many drivers who cause accidents while distracted don’t admit it to investigators later, meaning the true accident rates are likely much higher.
For Lyft drivers the problem is unavoidable. They couldn’t make a single dollar without the use of the Lyft App guiding them to customers and allowing them to get paid electronically.
Glances at phones can lead to serious consequences in busy traffic. Drivers may also be speeding to get a passenger somewhere on time. Lyft workers can even be driving for Uber at the same time. They have apps that let drivers switch back and forth between different rideshare platforms. The practice lands them more riders but also creates more distractions to manage.
Holding Lyft Liable in an Accident
Lyft Drivers are required to carry their own insurance and that will be the first policy you’ll file your claim for damages against. The insurance company may reject this civil lawsuit though. Some companies don’t cover policyholders when they are logging miles for a rideshare.
In these cases, Lyft does offer additional coverage to drivers and victims in accidents, but it can be hard to get the company to accept liability for their driver’s mistake. The driver must also have been in a certain work mode before Lyft will get involved.
If a driver is logged into the Lyft App but is still waiting for a ride request, Lyft provides $100,000 total injury liability per accident, and $25,000 property damage liability. If a driver has accepted a ride request or has picked up the customer Lyft’s policy increases to one million dollars in liability insurance. The protection ends when the rider is dropped off.
If neither the driver nor Lyft will provide coverage to help you with things like hospital bills and lost wages at work you may be forced to file a claim on your own car insurance policy on the uninsured/underinsured portion of coverage.
If Lyft refuses to get involved there are factors an attorney working your behalf can investigate to prove Lyft is liable for your pain and suffering:
- Lyft Hiring Practices – Investigating to see if background checks and the employee’s driving record should have kept the driver from getting hired? Did Lyft ignore a problem? Has the driver been reprimanded before by Lyft?
- Lyft Attention to Safety – Does a national company like Lyft spend any of its profits on training for drivers? Are some of the duties of a Lyft driver fundamentally unsafe?
- Driver Fatigue – Was a driver getting enough sleep? Did they work a shift longer than company policy allows?
- Vehicle Safety – Lyft owes it to other motorists on the road to make sure its drivers are operating safe, frequently inspected cars.
Contact an Idaho Rideshare Accident Attorney
Idaho victims hurt in accidents have up to two years to file a civil lawsuit against at-fault drivers and the companies they work for. It is important to file this claim as soon as possible so that you and your attorney will have the best chance at collecting evidence and gathering witness testimony to build a strong case against Lyft.
Established in Spokane in 1948, Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S. is licensed and practices in both Washington and Idaho. We are committed to providing our clients with the absolute highest quality legal representation. If our Coeur d’Alene Lyft Accident Lawyers represent you for your accident case, you have our assurance that we will use our absolute best efforts to win your case. Contact us after any accident resulting in a serious injury for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation. We will only offer you advice which is in your best interest.