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Were You Hurt in a Lyft Accident in Chicago?
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Have You Been Involved in a Lyft Accident in Chicago?
You may have legal recourse against Lyft for your injuries resulting from the Lyft car accident if you can prove that the driver of the vehicle was negligent and caused the accident. Having a police report is invaluable to prove liability involved in your lawsuit. You may also have a claim against the personal insurance policy of the Lyft driver. Thirdly, in the case that you were hurt as a result of another driver’s negligence, you may have a legal right to sue the insurance company of that driver.
Whether you were injured as a passenger, driver, or third-party in a Lyft accident, it is important to speak to a Lyft accident lawyer to determine whether you have a valid cause of action in court.
Can I File a Lawsuit Against Lyft for the Car Accident?
Categorized as a “TNC” under Illinois law, Lyft must follow a myriad of laws in the operation of its business in the event there is a car crash. It is vital to get represented by a Lyft lawyer so you can determine whether, beyond the negligence of the at-fault driver, you can determine whether Lyft may be liable for violating one of these laws in hiring that Lyft driver.
If you were hurt in a Lyft car accident in Chicago, Illinois has prescribed minimum insurance requirements that Lyft must carry to compensate you for your injuries. If the Lyft driver had been negligent and caused the accident, you must check whether you are covered under the driver’s personal automobile insurance. After that, you can tap into Lyft’s $1 million dollar commercial liability insurance for injured Lyft passengers.
- As a Passenger in a Lyft Accident in Chicago
As soon as you step into a Lyft car, you have certain rights as a passenger legislated by the state of Illinois. For instance, during you trip, Lyft is required to maintain a commercial automobile insurance policy that covers at least $1 million dollars for death, personal injury, and property damage.
Depending on the facts of your Lyft case, it may be necessary not only to file a claim against Uber, but also against a third party driver’s personal automobile insurance company. Call a Lyft lawyer right now to see whether more than one claim must be filed in your case.
- As a Driver in an Lyft Accident in Chicago
As a Lyft driver, Illinois has legislated certain rules in its Transportation Network Providers Act (625 ILCS 57) to protect you when you are involved in an accident. Arguably an employee of Lyft due to the amount of control that Lyft has on you, you should be compensated accordingly.
Illinois’ Transportation Network Providers Act maintains that ride-sharing company like Lyft must insure you as a driver with a policy that is at least $50,000 for death and personal injury per person, $100,000 for death and personal injury per incident, and $25,000 for property damage. If you proceed with a lawsuit against Lyft, make sure you are knowledgable of the other insurance periods that are greatly important in filing your claim in Chicago.
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Is the first multi-state practice in the United States tailored to prosecuting claims involving Uber and Lyft accidents. It is crucial to retain an experienced and knowledgable Lyft accident lawyer since rideshare accidents can be much more complex.
Can I File a Lawsuit against the Lyft Driver for my Accident?
You have a legal right to bring a personal injury claim against Lyft and the Lyft driver if the driver negligently caused the injuries, leading to your injuries. You are entitled to damages whether you were a Lyft user passenger, Lyft non-user passenger, third person driver or passenger involved in the Lyft accident.
As a passenger or driver of a Lyft vehicle, you have legal rights that are legislated by Illinois in the event of a car accident. Lyft has made additional assurances to guarantee your safety if you are ever injured.
I was involved in a Lyft accident in Chicago. Can I Sue the Third Party?
You may have been involved in a scenario where a third party hit the Lyft car while you were a passenger inside. While this does mean that you cannot go after Lyft’s commercial liability insurance, you must first file a claim against the third party driver and the third party’s personal automobile insurance company. Make sure to call a knowledgable Uber lawyer to determine which policies you should go after in regard to your Lyft accident.
As a Lyft Passenger, can I Sue Lyft?
If you suffered an injury as a passenger in a Lyft in Chicago due to the carelessness of the Lyft driver, you certainly have a valid claim against Lyft. First, you will have to file a claim against the Lyft driver’s personal automobile policy. Many times, there is a language in the policy that voids any accidents in a commercial ride-share arrangement. This is when Lyft’s commercial insurance coverage will kick in. Make sure you are represented by a Lyft to get your maximum settlement from your Lyft accident.
What Steps Should I Take if I’m in a Lyft Accident?
If you were involved in an Lyft car accident, first call 911 and seek medical attention. Never let the driver of another vehicle talk you out of calling the police. Having a police report is essential in pursuing your personal injury claim. The report will typically include details of the car accident, including statements from the Lyft driver and passengers and other witnesses.
If possible, request the other driver’s license and insurance information, in the event that the police officer doesn’t make the information available to you in the police report report.
If possible, stand in a safe area away from traffic and photograph all vehicles before they are moved as well as the vicinity to provide pertinent evidence in your potential Lyft lawsuit.
After you have dealt with the police, if you were not taken to the hospital already, it is important to go a doctor to be examined and document your injuries. Your medical records will be requested by the Lyft lawyer to be used as evidence in your Lyft accident claim.
An Lyft Hit Me as a Pedestrian. Can my Lawyer Sue Lyft?
Yes, you may have legal recourse against Lyft if a Lyft car hit you as a pedestrian on the street. As a pedestrian, you have the right of way, even if you didn’t look both ways before crossing or were looking at your iPhone. Your right to the insurance proceeds of Lyft’s commercial liability insurance depends on the period that the Lyft car was in at the moment of the accident. Contact a Lyft Lawyer to determine which period and what policy would apply, and how to prosecute your claim.
How Does Illinois’ Comparative Fault System Apply to Lyft Accidents?
Contrary to no-fault states like Michigan, Illinois is a fault-based state, meaning courts use modified comparative negligence in determining fault in car accidents. All this means is that Lyft or the driver is liable up to a certain percentage they are seemed liable for the accident. This means that a portion of the fault may be placed on you. This is why it is important to call an experienced Lyft lawyer in Chicago to represent you in your case.
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What is Lyft’s Insurance Policy in a Lyft Accident?
Chicago’s Lyft Law – 625 ILCS 57
Illinois passed the Transportation Network Providers Act which requires Lyft to maintain automobile liability insurance in the amount of at least $50,000 for death and personal injury per person, $100,000 for death and personal injury per incident, and $25,000 for property damage, for the period between when a Lyft driver logs on to the Lyft app until a Lyft ride is accepted, and from the moment that the driver completes the Lyft transaction or drops off the passenger, which is later, until another Lyft ride is accepted. It is important to note that contingent automobile liability is required.
The Act also mandates that Lyft’s automobile liability insurance shall be primary, and in the amount of $1,000,000 for death, personal injury, and property damage, as well as $50,000 for uninsured motorist coverage, of which may be satisfied by the driver’s policy, Lyft’s policy, or a combination thereof, from the moment that a Lyft driver accepts a ride request on the Lyft application until the TNC driver completes the transaction on Lyft application or until the ride is complete, whichever is later.
Are Lyft Passengers Insured in a Lyft Accident?
Illinois law requires that Lyft insures you as a passenger when there is a car accident. It is possible that you may also be insured under the driver’s personal automobile insurance carrier as long as there is not language that disallows commercial transactions like in the case of a Lyft car. Make sure you are represented by a knowledgable Lyft lawyer to get the maximum settlement out of their commercial insurance coverage.
I was injured in a Lyft accident. Can I file a lawsuit against Lyft?
If you were hurt in a Lyft car accident in Chicago, you have legal recourse under Illinois law to pursue damages resulting from the negligence or careless of the Lyft driver. Sadly, it is a common theme that Lyft and Uber drivers are getting into accidents as a result of not keeping proper lookout on the road while operating their app.
The damages that are available to you in Illinois for a Lyft accident include economic damages, including rehabilitation, lost wages, property damages, and medical costs, non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and loss of leading a normal life. It is important to note that punitive damages or exemplary damages may also be available to you as a means not to compensate you but to punish Lyft and/or the Lyft driver due to scenarios like speeding and drunk driving.
A Lyft accident in Chicago led to the death of a family member. What damages are available?
If a Lyft accident causes a death in Chicago, the decedent’s family may bring a wrongful death lawsuit against Lyft and the Lyft driver. At the Uber Lawyer, we understand the level of grief you are experiencing due to the loss of a loved one. On one hand, we offer our compassion as your family’s advocate in fighting for the loss in your family, and on the other hand, we demand a full and adequate legal settlement from Lyft and will not stop fighting until we receive that for your family.
Recoverable damages in a wrongful death lawsuit against Lyft is based on Illinois’ Wrongful Death Statute, 740 ILCS 180. This is the law that will apply in a scenario such as a Lyft accident death where the death was caused by negligence or a wrongful act. The recoverable damages in a Illinois wrongful death action are what are known as pecuniary damages, which generally includes loss of income/support, loss of consortium, and grief, sorrow, and mental suffering.
In addition, if a Lyft car accident fatality occurs in Chicago due to the negligence of a third-party driver, it is likely that Lyft won’t be able to be sued. However, this does not mean that you may be able to tap into the commercial liability insurance that is provided by Lyft. In an extreme case like a ride-share death case, speak to a Lyft accident lawyer to ensure that you are filing claims on the appropriate insurance policies. And don’t let Lyft’s insurance company talk you out of filing a claim; typically they are trained to reduce their liability exposure by offering you a lesser amount than you are owed. Call the Uber Lawyer to protect yourself and your family.
What is Lyft’s Insurance Coverage for a Passenger in Chicago?
Illinois Transportation Network Providers Act provides the insurance minimum requirements for Lyft.
Period 1 (App open/Ride not matched) – Contingent $100K contingent liability.
Period 2 (App open/Passenger in vehicle) – $1 million liability.
Period 3 – (App off/No ride) – Driver’s Personal Insurance Policy applies.
What Safety Requirements Does Illinois Require of Lyft?
In Illinois, Lyft must conduct background checks of their drivers. Lyft also cannot employ a driver who (1) has had more than 3 moving violations in the prior three-year period, or one major violation in the prior three-year period including attempting to evade the police, reckless driving, or driving on a suspended or revoked license; (2) has been convicted, within the past 7 years, of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fraud, sexual offenses, use of a motor vehicle to commit a felony, a crime involving property damage, or theft, acts of violence, or acts of terror; (3) is a match in the National Sex Offenders Registry database; (4) does not possess a valid driver’s license; (5) does not possess proof of registration for the motor vehicle used to provide TNC services; (6) does not possess proof of automobile liability insurance for the motor vehicle used to provide TNC services; or (7) is under 19 years of age.
Illinois like many other states also impose a zero-tolerance policy on the use of drugs or alcohol for Lyft drivers in the carriage of Lyft passengers or while the Lyft app is on.
Have Your Lyft Case Reviewed Now
If negligence played a part in your injury in your Lyft accident, however slight, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical reimbursement, wage loss, and more. It is extremely important that if you were involved in a Lyft accident to seek out an experienced Chicago Lyft lawyer who can assist you in being compensated to the maximum extent under the Illinois law. Don’t go with a “cafeteria-style” multiple practice area lawyer.