Popular ride-sharing programs have been in the news for a number of reasons, particularly for being a disruptive technology that has forced lawmakers to address the issue regarding who is liable during a Lyft accident.
What to Do After an Accident
After an accident, you must always inform the authorities and exchange your name, address, phone number, email address, and insurance information with the other drivers involved. Then, call us at Lewis & Castagliola, P.A.
How An Attorney Can Help
It’s important to have a strong legal knowledge and not fight a Lyft accident yourself. In 2017, Florida officially recognized Lyft drivers as independent contractors. This had a significant impact on not only how labor law viewed Lyft drivers, but how personal injury cases would be handled.
Large companies carry commercial liability insurance that covers their employees who get in a car accident while they are on the job and while they are driving for their employer. However, an independent contractor working for a company as a freelancer does not fall under that category, so the question of liability and who is responsible for paying damages comes up. This is why you need an experienced Lyft accident lawyer who understands the complexities of the law and has experience with these cases.
Lyft drivers are encouraged to add additional coverage to their personal auto insurance, and to look into the insurance coverage that is provided by Lyft.