Although they have only been operating for a few years, there is no denying that ridesharing services, such as Lyft, are invaluable to thousands of people across the world – commuters and tourists alike. As well as making it incredibly easy to get from A to B in an unfamiliar city while on vacation, it could make medical services and various events much more accessible. Created with the aim of introducing a more affordable cab service, and thereby making this form of transport more accessible, ridesharing apps may cause some disgruntlement amongst those working within the traditional cab industry, but are increasingly popular with users, with good reason.
However, as with any other type of vehicular traffic, using a Lyft vehicle carries some risk of becoming involved in an accident, and suffering from the resulting serious injuries and property damage. If you have been injured in a crash, hiring an Inglewood Lyft accident attorney from the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg could ensure you do not face financial hardship through no fault of your own.
Do Lyft Drivers Hold Specialist Auto Insurance?
All drivers on California roads must hold valid auto insurance and, if you are a driver, you are certainly already aware of that fact. Those who use their vehicles to carry others, including Uber and Lyft drivers, are also subject to more stringent insurance requirements. By law, those driving for Lyft in Inglewood will be required to hold specific insurance coverage relating to drivers, passengers, and any third parties who may be affected by an accident. The ridesharing company – Lyft, in this instance – must also adhere to California Vehicle Code Section 5430, which makes it mandatory to hold $1 million uninsured and underinsured motorist cover for:
Following an Inglewood Lyft accident, your lawsuit may involve claiming on both Lyft’s insurance and the driver’s own personal auto insurance policy. This can quickly become complex as, of course, both insurance companies will fight to reduce their losses but, when you hire an expert lawyer to handle your lawsuit, you can be certain that we will work tirelessly to recover every cent you are entitled to. While we do this, you can take the time you need to rest and heal.
Lyft Accidents – The Statistics Your Attorney Thinks You Should Know
As Lyft does not own any of its vehicles, which are driven by independent contractors rather than employees, it is tricky to compile statistics relating specifically to accidents involving a ridesharing vehicle. However, the general car accident statistics remain applicable, meaning that each year Inglewood roads see an average of around:
- A total of 2,461 injuries and fatalities
- Alcohol plays a role in 216 of these car accidents
- 650 drivers arrested for driving under the influence (DUI)
- 552 accidents arising from driving at excessive speeds
- 194 hit and run accidents
- 191 accidents during the nighttime hours of 9 pm and 3 am
These statistics have been based on the most recent available figures, relating to those accidents which took place in 2015.