Athens Lyft Accident Attorneys
There’s little not to love about Lyft – you open an app and get where you want to be in no time. Lyft accidents, on the other hand, happen more often than you probably realize, and these accidents are not only dangerous but also lead to complicated accident claims. If you’ve been injured in a Lyft accident, an experienced Lyft accident lawyer in Athens can help.
The Lyft Experience
Nothing could be easier than calling your own personal driver by opening an app. In fact, the Lyft experience almost makes hailing a taxi seem obsolete. When rideshare companies like Lyft hit the scene, the rides were considerably less expensive than the cab rides we were used to. Lyft’s prices, however, have crept up, and the cost differential isn’t as substantial as it once was. The convenience of the Lyft experience, it seems, keeps us coming back for more.
Your Lyft Driver
Your Lyft driver is simply someone who chooses to drive for Lyft. He or she is an independent contractor – not an employee of the Lyft company, and this complicates the question of insurance coverage in the event of an accident. In fact, there are several factors that can make your Lyft driver a risky bet, including:
- Your driver’s car is likely his or her personal car, and there is no guarantee that it is in safe working order. Although the vehicle has to qualify under Lyft’s specifications, there are no consistent maintenance requirements (other than those your own vehicle is subject to).
- Your driver is not a commercial driver and needs no special licensure or experience to transport you.
- Because your driver isn’t a commercial driver, he or she is only subject to minimal hours-of-service restrictions that are difficult to enforce and relatively easy to bypass.
Fortunately, Lyft provides substantial insurance coverage for its drivers. Whether this coverage applies for a given accident depends on a number of factors, so it’s important for victims to discuss their case with an attorney.
Contact an Experienced Lyft Accident Lawyer in Athens Today
If you’ve been injured in a Lyft accident, the dedicated Athens Lyft accident attorneys at the law offices of Ben F. Windham, PC, have the experience, skill, and resources to help. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 833.236.9467 to schedule a free consultation today.