Lyft Driver Got Hit by a Drunk Driver

Ritana123

New Member
I really need some advice about this situation...I need to know if I need to get ready and contact a lawyer or just wait.
3 days ago,I Turned my Lyft app on to make some emergency funds for the holiday,it was really late but I took my chances because I was in need.I got a ride ,picked up the passenger, stop under a red light (waiting to be green) a Drunk driver came out of nowhere and boom!he hit that back of my car to a point where parts of his car is stuck to my tire and the body of my car.he got out of his car ,couldn't even walked,eyes all red,could not speak clearly came to my window and said I'm so sorry(that's when I smelled the alcahol and realize he was drunk)I was crying and afraid to get out of my car because I was scared for him to hurt me,I was in a very bad neighborhood and not to mention I am a female driving lyft at 1 a.m. My passenger (who was a guy) got out of the car and getting everything situated as far calling the police,getting the guy papers,while I'm there speechless in shocked, traumatized by the situation (this was my first car accident). It never came to mind to get the guys plate info.I got out of the car to call the police myself, while on the phone the guy sneaked and took out his plate and ran back and his car drove off.everything happened soo fast I got to my senses when my passenger start screaming "somebody stop this man he is runny away". Police showed up moments after,took my information, wrote a police report given me a copy,took my story.my passenger walked to his destination and I was left talking to lyft in my car.after explaining what just happen,I sent them pictures of the situation.the next morning I went in my app to express cash out because I needed some medicine,Ive been some extreme lower back pain,and headache .MY ACCOUNT WAS STATED IT WAS DISABLED. didn't have access to to my money.Lyft never responded .I'm just here hanging,Suffering,abandoned.
This morning Lyft sent me and email,saying they deactivated my account for safety,investigation ,blah blah ,that once my care is fix sent them an email they will reactivate my account.so wait......I have to fix my own car,what about the part that said I am insured by them when I accepted a ride till the end of the ride????do I have to get a lawyer so lyft can repair my vehicle because my insurance won't and I don't have that money to do so.if I did I would have never be out in the road at 1 a.m trying to make funds to pay my rent.someone please give me an advice .I am so LOST.
 

driver5494

Well-Known Member
YES!!!! You need to get a lawyer right away!!!!! Did you find out who hit you? You were at an intersection perhaps they had video cameras there? You cannot afford to go this alone. It's you against the insurance companies and a rideshare company. You need a lawyer.
 

Ritana123

New Member
Yes I was at an intersection. The police said they will keep an eye out for the driver that hit me.they made me describe what he looks like.I don't think they had a camera under that light.I don't know where to start.
 

Maksim

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First of all, be glad you are alright.

If you say your passenger got out to get the other person's info.... don't you have that?

How bad is the damage?

Yes, they will deactivate your account during investigation. There is an emergency support number you can call, and should.

Do you have rideshare coverage on your insurance?

Lyft's policy will cover you, but they do have a deductible. In a case of hit and run, your insurance would pay out first until they go find the guy and hopefully he has insurance.
 

driver5494

Well-Known Member
Yes I was at an intersection. The police said they will keep an eye out for the driver that hit me.they made me describe what he looks like.I don't think they had a camera under that light.I don't know where to start.

What do you mean you don't know where to start? Starting to think you are putting us on with this whole story. Get a personal injury attorney right away. They have experience going after insurance companies. You can even call one you see on t.v. if you would like.
 

Ritana123

New Member
My passenger got out of the car to exchange words and get his info,but he didn't provide any type of papers, all he kept saying is how sorry he is he has insurance,he is not drunk and it's just he had a long day at work.everything happen so fast.not everyone is a professional at this like some of you .especially in a certain age.
 

Ritana123

New Member
What do you mean you don't know where to start? Starting to think you are putting us on with this whole story. Get a personal injury attorney right away. They have experience going after insurance companies. You can even call one you see on t.v. if you would like.

I dont think I would be bored enough to waste my time and write this whole b.s just for entertainment I'm looking for advice not negative comments.is it a crime if I don't know what should I do or where should I start.
 

Danny3xd

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Moderator
Ritana, it is gonna be OK. Deep Breath. Just breath. You can do this and it is going to be OK.
 

Stan07

Well-Known Member
My passenger (who was a guy) got out of the car and getting everything situated as far calling the police,getting the guy papers,while I'm there speechless in shocked, traumatized by the situation (this was my first car accident).
And the male passenger did not take his plate info?
 

Danny3xd

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Moderator
Folks are just trying to help you, Ritana. It is a lot of information and we want to be of help and understand.
 

Adieu

Well-Known Member
Lyft's policy will NOT cover you. Pretty much EVER.

1) They have a $2500 deductible
2) their insurance only kicks in once YOUR insurance turns you down
3) their insurance ONLY pays YOU if you had comprehensive personal insurance which shot you down....liability, no dice

Btw, depending on your area, chances are you have "uninsured motorist coverage"...even in liability.

Mine came with 3500 coverage, waived deductible that was 500.

Try calling YOUR insurance company and saying that the other party yelled "I'm so sorry but I'm uninsured" as he ran away
 

Geno71

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Sounds pretty scary, but... Did you say the drunk guy removed his license plate before he drove off? That's not a very easy and quick thing to do, he'd need a screw driver and at least couple of minutes and I find it extremely hard to believe that some drunk guy would be smart enough to remove his plate before escaping, at this point, a crime scene.
 

Adieu

Well-Known Member
Sounds pretty scary, but... Did you say the drunk guy removed his license plate before he drove off? That's not a very easy and quick thing to do, he'd need a screw driver and at least couple of minutes and I find it extremely hard to believe that some drunk guy would be smart enough to remove his plate before escaping, at this point, a crime scene.


I think OP means it got stuck in their bumper
 

Ritana123

New Member
Sounds pretty scary, but... Did you say the drunk guy removed his license plate before he drove off? That's not a very easy and quick thing to do, he'd need a screw driver and at least couple of minutes and I find it extremely hard to believe that some drunk guy would be smart enough to remove his plate before escaping, at this point, a crime scene.
I said the same thing.when I turned around and saw him drove off and his license plate was not in the back I couldn't even believe my eyes.but heeyy I don't get paid to post this ,I am looking for an advice ,so I kinda have to give the story exactly how it happened so someone can tell me the right thing to do.
 

Ritana123

New Member
I think this story is b.s.
Yeah it is because you was there,right?I am sure when someone have nothing to say they just don't comment at all.like I had just said I REALLY DONT HAVE TIME TO WASTE TO JUST SIT HERE AND CREATE ALL THIS.If you don't have nothing to say then move along.
 

Ritana123

New Member
Lyft's policy will NOT cover you. Pretty much EVER.

1) They have a $2500 deductible
2) their insurance only kicks in once YOUR insurance turns you down
3) their insurance ONLY pays YOU if you had comprehensive personal insurance which shot you down....liability, no dice

Btw, depending on your area, chances are you have "uninsured motorist coverage"...even in liability.

Mine came with 3500 coverage, waived deductible that was 500.

Try calling YOUR insurance company and saying that the other party yelled "I'm so sorry but I'm uninsured" as he ran away
My insurance turned me down because they didn't know about the ride share
 

Stan07

Well-Known Member
Yeah it is because you was there,right?I am sure when someone have nothing to say they just don't comment at all.like I had just said I REALLY DONT HAVE TIME TO WASTE TO JUST SIT HERE AND CREATE ALL THIS.If you don't have nothing to say then move along.
Lyft is watching this thread, good luck.
 
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