Car insurance for Lyft drivers can be a confusing topic. Get all the info you need to find the rideshare endorsement policy for you.
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Given the growing number of Lyft drivers on the road, more and more car insurance companies are adapting their policies to fit the rideshare business model. Because Lyft drivers are technically using their vehicles for business purposes, driving for Lyft isn't covered under a typical personal auto insurance policy. If you’re a Lyft driver, you need to purchase an additional policy feature called “rideshare endorsement.” Read on to learn more about this added policy and how to get it from some of the top companies.
Rideshare endorsement insurance for Lyft extends your personal car insurance policy while you’re working but haven’t accepted a ride request yet. Once you have accepted a ride, the coverage you carry through Lyft takes over. We break it down below:
|Period 0||Offline: Your personal policy|
|Period 1||Online WITHOUT ride request: Rideshare insurance + Lyft coverage|
|Period 2||Online WITH ride request but NO rider: Lyft coverage|
|Period 3||Online WITH rider in vehicle: Lyft coverage|
|Policy Coverage||What it Covers|
|Liability||This covers damage you do other vehicles or pedestrians while en route to pick up a rider. Limit: at least $1,000,000 in damage protection.|
|Uninsured/underinsured bodily injury coverage||This provides coverage to anyone in your vehicle if another party is at fault but either does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover the expense. Hit and runs are covered by this insurance. Limit: $1,000,000 total bodily injury coverage.|
|Contingent collision and comprehensive||This coverage provides collision and comprehensive to your vehicle if and only if you have the coverage already. With this coverage, your deductible is set at $1,000, regardless of your personal policy's deductible.|
By Lyft car insurance coverage, we’re talking about your rideshare endorsement. Because of the collision-comprehensive coverage gap left when you’re on your way to pick up a fare, you wouldn't have any property damage coverage in the event of an at-fault accident.
By carrying this coverage, you avoid your personal auto insurance company canceling your policy because you are a rideshare driver. Without rideshare endorsement, using your personal vehicle for Lyft might constitute a policy violation. While the consequence could vary based on your car insurance company, you would risk having your auto insurance policy canceled or a claim denied.
Although many insurance companies offer rideshare coverage, availability may vary based on your state. Pricing may also vary based on your individual insurance rating factors and your car insurance company's policies. Below is a list of popular insurance companies offering rideshare endorsement coverage.
|Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Maryland, Indiana, New Mexico, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska|
|Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, DC, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Minnosota, California, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland|
|Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, Maryland, Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Minnesota|
|California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oregon, West Virginia, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington|
|Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, Texas, California, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington DC|
|Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Dakota|
|Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland|
|Arizona, California, Illinois, Nevada, Oklahoma|
|California, Illinois, Texas, Washington|
*Please note that it is your responsibility to inform your insurance company that you drive for a ride-sharing service. Because this is considered a business activity, a standard insurance policy does not provide sufficient coverage. Driving for a rideshare company without a proper insurance policy could leave you at risk for any potential damages and could lead to your coverage being dropped altogether. Please contact a representative at your company to discuss such coverage options.
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