Ridesharing has become an incredibly popular option for Los Angeles residents
seeking to avoid dealing with the hassle of traffic. Not only do you avoid
having to look for and pay for parking, but you don’t need to worry
about who will be the designated driver for the night. Driving, however,
is a dangerous activity, no matter who is at the wheel.
If you’ve been injured in a Lyft accident, don’t hesitate to
talk to one of our skilled Los Angeles Lyft accident lawyers. BD&J,
PC is a firm with the knowledge and experience to help your case. We treat
every client like a member of the family, so you will never feel like
just another case number.
Get started on your case by calling us at (855) 906-3699 or
filling out our online form today!
Liability in a Lyft Accident
Uber, Lyft is a company that also has a $1 billion auto insurance policy for
drivers and passengers on their way to a destination. However, the company
may still try and dodge liability if costly medical bills are on the line.
Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors, rather than employees.
Therefore, the drivers are not licensed or regulated by the state or municipality,
and they are not bound by certain laws that traditional cab companies
are. If Lyft’s insurance company can prove the driver was not “on
the clock” when the
car accident occurred, they will attempt to deny you compensation for your injury.
Can You Sue Lyft After an Accident?
If you have been involved in a Lyft accident, filing a lawsuit for damages
may be your gut reaction. There are some elements of a rideshare accident
that may make you reconsider. Since Lyft drivers are independent contractors,
suing the rideshare company will not get you anywhere. These companies,
therefore, have limited legal liability when a driver causes an accident
or acts otherwise negligently.
If you are going to sue the driver or the driver’s insurance company,
here are the elements that must be proven:
- The Lyft driver owed you a duty of care
- The Lyft driver failed to uphold this duty of care
- Failure of the driver to uphold this duty was the direct cause of your injuries
- Your injuries are substantial to require compensation
Obtaining the compensation you need to cover the costs of your injuries
can be a complex matter. It is important to ensure that you have the legal
guidance of a knowledgeable attorney to fight for you and help you file.
What to Do if You Are In an Lyft Accident
After suffering injuries in a Lyft accident, you will want to know what
steps to take and how to seek the full and fair compensation you deserve.
What you do after the accident will depend on whether you were hit by
the Lyft driver or in the vehicle when the Lyft accident occurred.
If you were injured by the negligence of the driver, you will need to prove
that he or she was in fact at fault.
Follow these steps to pursue a successful claim:
- Call 911 at once to seek medical attention and document the accident.
- File a police report by calling the police or going to the police station.
- Gather information from all parties involved - including Lyft insurance
- Obtain contact information from willing witnesses.
- Take photos of the accident, the vehicles involved, and the location.
- Contact a Lyft accident lawyer as soon as possible.
If you were injured as a passenger of a Lyft accident, it is important
to understand what steps you need to take to stay safe and get compensation.
Most steps will be the same as above, but you should also do the following:
- Ask the other parties involved in the Lyft accident for their contact details.
You can either write down their driver’s license numbers or take
photos of them.
- Don’t contact Lyft before you contact your attorney!
Let Us Take a Look at Your Case
Lyft and other ridesharing service companies have a responsibility to hire
safe drivers who can provide their passengers with a safe environment.
If there are risks of harm associated with Lyft and its drivers, the company
must also provide sufficient warnings and safeguard. Failing to do so
could lead to dangerous accidents. If you were injured in a Lyft accident
and the company is attempting to deny liability, you will need the help
of a skilled Los Angeles Lyft accident attorney to help. Our firm can
help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and property
damage. For the families of those who have died in Lyft car accidents,
they may be able to recover compensation to cover the costs of funeral
expenses and pain and suffering. Let us see what we can do for you and
Contact us at (855) 906-3699 or fill out our online form to schedule a FREE case
consultation with our attorneys.