Lyft used to be that cousin to the other major ridesharing service, Uber. Now, Lyft is also a household name. No longer do most people scoff at the idea of summoning a stranger in their own vehicle to take them places. When you need a ride somewhere, whether to the bank or home after a night out on the town, you can just open up the Lyft app, press a button, and have a ride in a few minutes.
Ridesharing has come a long way over the last few years, but do we know that it is completely safe?
If you need a Bristol Lyft accident attorney, you can turn to the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. for help. Our team will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
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There are more than a million Lyft drivers. The ridesharing industry has exploded onto the Pennsylvania scene over the last few years. Just last year, Lyft had over 23 million passengers.
But are these rides safe? Are they as regulated as the traditional transportation industries?
No, most people agree that ridesharing services are not well-regulated.
It is easy to become a Lyft driver in Pennsylvania. All you need to do is have a license, be over 21, pass a background check and make sure you have a vehicle that meets the requirements and is covered by insurance. You are just as likely to see a college kid as your driver as you are a retired military service member.
These are just regular people with no professional driver training. What happens when they get into an accident that injures their passengers or someone else?
We expect our Lyft drivers to be professional. If they are driving while distracted by their phones or other devices, they are likely to cause an accident. There have also been times when Lyft drivers have operated with passengers while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Whose insurance is going to cover an accident if a Lyft driver is distracted or impaired?
Will it be their insurance? Will it be Lyft’s insurance?
Lyft does supplement their drivers’ personal insurance, but only in certain circumstances. We know that insurance companies will do almost anything to get out of paying large settlements.
That certainly will not help you get the help you need to cover your injuries.
Your Options Now
The aftermath of an accident with injuries can be confusing, but what happens when a ridesharing service is involved? If you need a Lyft accident attorney in Bristol, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will be by your side.
We know that you will have many expenses after an accident and we want to make sure you are compensated for all of them. This can include all accident-related medical expenses, coverage for your income if you cannot work, punitive damages, as well as pain and suffering damages. We do not think you should suffer financially because of someone else’s mistake. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 215-543-7220.