NY Lyft Car Accident Lawyers

Legal Representation After a Lyft Car Crash

New York City is known for its taxicabs. So many locals choose to travel by taxi that it comes as no surprise rideshare companies such as Lyft are thriving here in New York. People looking for rides at a discounted rate can download the Lyft app and request a car right away. But, this service does have its drawbacks. There are risks to using rideshare companies such as Lyft that you should take into consideration.

The biggest chance you take with Lyft is the uncertainty over what happens if you're injured in a car accident. Getting compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages can become a challenge because Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors and not company employees.

The experienced New York City car accident attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can help you better understand your legal rights and options in such cases. Call us at (212) 986-7353.

Rideshare Companies Aren't Subject to Regulation in New York

Lyft began offering services in Brooklyn and Queens in July of 2014, but there are still many concerns and questions about their business practices. Organizations such as New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission say Lyft must verify the qualifications of their drivers and vehicles. Lyft argues that it is just a rideshare company and licensing and base station rules don't apply to their company.

What this means for consumers is that Lyft DOES NOT have to follow the same rules and regulations of taxi and limo services.

When you get in a taxi, you know that the vehicle is owned and maintained by a taxi or limousine company. The driver has been subjected to a background check, and has been screened for drugs recently. You know that a taxi is covered by insurance for commercial use. Lyft provides none of these protections.

Lyft Insurance Coverage Issues

When you get a ride in a Lyft vehicle, you are in a car owned and maintained by the individual driver, not the company. It's not always clear if the driver has been recently screened for drugs or alcohol or when the vehicle was last inspected. It is not always clear if your injuries will be covered by Lyft's insurance.

Lyft drivers are required to purchase insurance for their vehicle but their policy may not cover commercial use. The moment the driver accepts money from a passenger, it is a commercial venture and isn't covered by most personal insurance policies. Before being allowed to operate in New York, officials required Lyft to maintain a business automobile excess liability insurance policy, which covers all vehicles operated by drivers that work with Lyft. But, it is not always clear when Lyft is responsible for a crash and when the individual drivers are liable.

There have been cases of companies such as Lyft denying responsibility for insurance claims because they connect people to drivers but don't have actual employees behind the wheel. This can lead to many complicated issues for victims of Lyft accidents.

Contacting an Experienced New York Lyft Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Lyft car accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Hospitalization
  • Rehabilitation
  • Permanent injuries
  • Pain and suffering

Our qualified NY rideshare car accident lawyers can help you pursue your legal rights. Let Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP help you.

Call us at (212) 986-7353 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.

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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact the New York personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today for a FREE, no obligation consultation today:

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