Were You Injured in a Lyft Accident?
Ridesharing apps are more popular than ever before as an alternative to taking the bus, subway, or taxi cabs in New York City. While ridesharing services, such as Lyft, are certainly convenient, they can sometimes be a dangerous option to get around the city. Lyft accidents can affect customers who ordered the ride, other drivers on the road, and even pedestrians who are in the vicinity.
In this article, we’re looking at how Lyft accidents happen and how a Lyft accident attorney can assist you if you are involved in a crash.
Understanding Lyft Accidents
Lyft drivers are paid to safely transport passengers from one place to another. However, Lyft drivers can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as any other motor vehicle operator on the road.
Common causes of Lyft accidents are distracted driving, drowsy driving, drunk driving, road range, and not knowing the safety rules of the road. Lyft drivers may feel pressure to deliver passengers quickly to adhere to time expectations or to entertain their passengers for a larger tip. They may also be working long hours to make greater profits, which can cause them to become tired, careless, and distracted. All of these things can contribute to unsafe driving practices that lead to accidents and potentially severe injuries.
Whether your Lyft driver is involved in a rear-end collision, T-bone accident, single-car crash, or multi-car pile-up, the results can be devastating. Lyft accident victims often suffer from whiplash, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries.
Proving Liability Against a Lyft Driver
In order to be a Lyft driver, you must have automobile insurance to operate the vehicle used for business. Lyft drivers are considered to be independent contractors, but an experienced Lyft accident lawyer can help you determine whether a Lyft company insurance policy can also be pursued for additional recovery.
Lyft coverage for accident victims can include bodily injury coverage per person, bodily injury coverage for the entire accident, and property damage coverage for the accident. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to pursue the following Lyft accident damages: medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, emotional distress, disability accommodations, property repairs, and loss of quality of life.
What a Lyft Accident Lawyer Does
Lyft accident lawyers help rideshare passengers and also people in other vehicles and pedestrians involved in collisions with Lyft drivers. Insurance companies that represent Lyft drivers or the Lyft company may try to convince accident victims that their damages are lower than they really are as a way of paying out a lower settlement. But with the help of an experienced Lyft accident attorney, you can get the maximum recovery possible for your claim and receive more to help pay for all of the burdens that your accident caused.
There is a three-year statute of limitations for Lyft accident cases, which means that you will need to file a claim within three years of the accident date to pursue recovery from the at-fault party or parties. When you hire the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum to take your Lyft accident case, we will handle everything from start to finish, including contacting witnesses, communicating with the insurance companies, negotiating a settlement, and even taking your case to trial if necessary.
To learn more about how we help Lyft accident victims in New York City or to tell us about your accident, please contact our legal team at 718-237-5586 or via online form.