Lyft and Uber Risks to Drivers
Uber and Lyft both provide services that have become fixtures in our society that is constantly in need of fast affordable transport. Despite being fairly recent innovations, rideshare/hail apps are now used by people increasingly frequently with plenty of Uber and Lyft accidents occurring and some people utilizing Uber and Lyft for increasingly unorthodox reasons. Some of these uses of the Uber and Lyft apps have been of a more malicious nature.
Attempted Use of Lyft as a Getaway
A man was arrested for attempted burglary February 15th when he mistook a police car for the Lyft ride that he was planning to use as a getaway. In Rochelle Park, New Jersey, police received a call about an attempted burglary just after 10 pm on the 15th. 28-year-old Nicholas Maziot allegedly tried to break into the home of a couple that called the police when he attempted to gain entry via their rear door. The couple investigated and saw a male suspect trying to access the building via the second floor that he jumped from when he realized he had been seen.
The suspect fled and Nicholas Maziot ordered a Lyft ride in an attempt to get away from the area and avoid arrest. Unfortunately for Nicholas Maziot, he mistook a police car that was responding to the called in attempted break-in, for the Lyft that he ordered. His Lyft actually arrived at about the same time that the police did. Nicholas Maziot was apparently homeless and still managed to own a phone from which he could call a Lyft with. Later when after Nicholas Maziot was positively identified he confessed to detectives and claimed that he did not know anyone was at home when he attempted to break in. Nicholas Maziot has been charged with burglary, attempted theft, and trespassing.
Lyft and Uber used for Malicious Purposes
It is unusual but not unheard of for someone to use Lyft or Uber in a more malicious capacity. These services have a lot of potential for good and bad depending on the creativity of those utilizing the service. Lyft and Uber drivers, as well as passengers, can be at risk of involvement in some dangerous situations.
Nicholas Maziot may have bungled his escape but he also potentially could have managed to get to a Lyft vehicle that one would not normally suspect would be used as a getaway. If one homeless burglar managed to come up with this kind of scheme there is no telling what other minds may conjure up. The Lyft driver that could have driven Nicholas Maziot would not have any idea what was going on. This, of course, could have had some very serious repercussions for that driver and may have resulted in an accident that caused some severe injuries or worse.
Drivers and Lyft or Uber Injury Claims
Luckily for drivers, in the event that they do suffer an injury, there is sometimes hope. When a liable party is negligent and fails to take action to prevent an accident that injures someone, that person can seek compensation for their injuries with a personal injury claim. Sometimes a Lyft driver may be able to file an injury claim because of a liable party’s negligence and they can get the money they need to pay for medical bills and wages lost while they were recuperating from their injuries. Other times, a Lyft or Uber driver simply may need to file a claim with their, or Lyft, or Uber’s insurance companies
Either way, the process of seeking compensation as an Uber or Lyft driver can be difficult. When filing a Lyft or Uber accident claim, a plaintiff should call upon the assistance of an attorney with experience handling cases involving Uber and Lyft. Matt Dolman and the rest of the Dolman Law team have a record of cases in which they have successfully recovered settlements for those injured in Lyft and Uber accidents.
Lyft Accidents and Insurance Coverage
In the event that Nicholas Maziot managed to get to the Lyft and made a getaway only to end up causing an accident, a Lyft driver would likely feel that they are owed compensation from someone. Nicholas Maziot is homeless and was a passenger so a Lyft driver would likely look to their own insurance and possibly Lyft’s. Lyft actually offers insurance coverage of at least $1 million for damages but only in certain circumstances.
Lyft and Uber Insurance Policy Coverage
Uber and Lyft drivers may find themselves in 3 stages of ride-hail work when they can be involved in an accident. The first is when they are not actively using the Uber or Lyft app and it is off meaning they are not working. In this case, there is naturally no coverage afforded to them by the respective ride-hail app company.
The second is when the driver has the app active but they are waiting for a ride request. In this case, they would only receive limited coverage not for themselves but for their own damages but for damages suffered by a third party. The third would be when a driver is either on their way to a ride request they accepted or when they have a passenger in the vehicle. At this point, they and the passenger have at least $1 million in coverage from the respective ride-hail company. However, that coverage only is available when the driver is uninsured when they are typically required to have insurance or when their insurance is not sufficient to cover the damages.
Seek an Experienced Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, then do not hesitate to contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA about receiving a free consultation on your possible claim. You may have questions as to how coverage may work or how you can ensure you receive the appropriately sized settlement and the Dolman Law team is happy to oblige. Our Lawyers will be happy to hear the details of your case and outline some options for legal action you can take. Consider Dolman Law group for your legal representation with big firm results and small firm personal attention.
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