A Denver man has amassed hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills after an accident involving a Lyft vehicle and a hit-and-run driver. Lyft has declined to take any responsibility for the bills, resulting in significant medical debt for Brian Fritts.
In an interview with CBS4’s Dillon Thomas, Fritts, 32, expressed not remember much from the crash. He was riding in the back of a Lyft when it was involved in a hit-and-run rollover. As a result, he is now facing $173,000 in medical bills.
Prior to the accident, Fritts was on his way to meet with a client when the Lyft he was riding in was forced off of the road on northbound I-25, just south of the 6th Avenue exit. The Lyft crashed through a fence, rolled at least once, and stopped at the edge of train tracks. According to first responders, the back of the vehicle was covered in blood, and Fritts was taken to Denver Health.
Fritts does not own a car, nor does he have auto insurance, so his attorney Eric Faddis sought compensation from the rideshare company. Faddis, however, discovered a loophole that Lyft could hide behind to avoid settling.
The Lyft driver’s personal insurance policy has a clause that denied coverage of rideshare passengers in the event of a crash. They assumed Lyft would carry uninsured motorist coverage; however, it seems Lyft got rid of that coverage in the first quarter of 2020—months before the accident.
Both Faddis and Fritts believe Lyft should be held financially responsible for incidents like this. Gaddis recognizes there’s a chance his client could be left with the responsibility of the bills but is hoping Colorado lawmakers will consider creating a bill that would force rideshare companies to carry uninsured motorist coverage to protect both drivers and customers.
When CBS4 reached out to Lyft three days before its story was published, requesting information on the incident and an explanation of their overall insurance coverage policies, a spokesperson email back links to the company’s overall policies. When asked to interview or comment on Fritts’ case, the same spokesperson declined and deferred to a third-party administrator.
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