Rideshare riders sometimes stuck with medical bills in a crash
A rideshare vehicle shows Uber and Lyft decals. - ROBYN BECK/AFP/TNS

In the early hours of Sept. 12, 2020, Denver chef Brian Fritts, 32, was riding in the backseat of a Lyft car when another vehicle crashed into it and drove off, leaving him with six crushed vertebrae and a broken jaw. His life has never been the same. Nor has his pocketbook. A loophole in Colorado’s rideshare insurance laws left him with no payments to cover his medical bills and other expenses. He owed hundreds of thousands of dollars, much of which was not covered by Medicaid, his health insurance. “I can’t sit up; I can’t stand for very long,” he told the Colorado legislature this month in ...