A Lyft driver who was rear-ended by a drunk driver in Colorado and severely injured is having issues covering his medical bills because of policy changes to Lyft’s insurance coverage.
Drew Wajnert was driving for Lyft in Lakewood, Colorado on March 2 when a suspected drunk driver rear-ended him while allegedly traveling 85 mph. Wajnert’s vehicle spun into a concreate divider at 50 miles per hours and then spun to the shoulder.
When emergency services arrived, Wajnert was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital. He was diagnosed with a fractured spine and doctors quickly performed surgery to install a titanium plate and four screws in his neck. Now, months after the accident, Wajnert is in a special spinal-cord injury rehab center Craig Hospital. While he has regained some feeling, doctor’s are not sure if he will every walk again. Wajnert now faces significant physical and financial challenges.
In response to the accident, Lyft released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by this accident and our thoughts are with Drew and his loved ones during this difficult time. We’ve reached out to Frew and a member of his family to offer our support and stand ready to assist law enforcement in any way we can.”
While Wajnert assumed he would be covered under Lyft’s driver insurance policy, the company dropped the policy when the pandemic hit. Now, Wajnert could be looking at millions of dollars in medical bills over the court of his life.
While Wajnert is planning to sue the drunk driver, who has been charged with vehicular assault, and possibly any bars that served him, it’s unclear what role Lyft plays. According to Lyft, the company didn’t make any policy changes in Colorado last year that cover drivers when they’re waiting for Lyft’s algorithm to find them a passenger—which is the phase Wajnert was in at the time of the crash.
According to Insider, Lyft did drop insurance policies on March 31, 2020 in Colorado and nearly every state where they weren’t required by law. This has left many drivers, including Wajnert, with no coverage. Wajnert said Lyft never told him about the change and that if he had known, he would have bought additional coverage on his own. He didn’t know about the change until his attorney started investigating his claim.
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