LYFT PASSENGER CAR ACCIDENT MN ATTORNEY
With Lyft now a popular ride share service in Minnesota, we knew that it was only a matter of time before our car accident lawyers would be contacted by people who were hurt in a crash while riding a Lyft vehicle. We have now handled several cases involving Lyft and Uber vehicles, including car crashes and accidents where someone driving for Lyft hits a bicycle or pedestrian.
Lyft is a modern method of hailing a taxi cab with the use of a Smart phone. Using an app and your phone’s GPS, you can click and be connected with the nearest available Lyft driver, even tracking the progress of your driver until he or she gets to your location. Unlike the traditional taxi driver who may work for a company that owns a fleet of cars, Lyft drivers use their own personal vehicle to transport passengers. They can work as many or as few hours per days as they want, setting their own schedule by logging into the system when they are ready to work.
So what happens if you are an injured passenger riding in a Lyft car in Minnesota? Which insurance pays your medical bills and other compensation? The answer depends on a number of variables. Lyft (the company) has its own auto insurance, as does the owner and driver of the Lyft vehicle. There may be another driver at fault who caused the collision while you were in the Lyft car, and their car insurance may also be responsible for paying for your injuries. Also, if you own a vehicle, your insurance may be responsible for paying some of the benefits you have from your own policy.
Because Lyft is still relatively new to Minnesota, there are few laws that directly address a “Lyft” vehicle. This can make some of the insurance issues even more complicated. Therefore, it is important to contact an attorney if you are injured in a Lyft car accident to make sure your rights are being protected.
At the Rochlin Law Firm, our lawyers have more than 25 years’ experience successfully representing people injured in an automobile accident throughout MN. If you are a passenger injured in an auto accident while riding in a Lyft car, or you are in your own car hit by a Lyft driver, please call our office to discuss your case. A top car accident attorney will provide you with a free consultation at our offices in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park or Woodbury. Our lawyers can also come to your home and meet with you there.