Lawyer Representing Victims of Lyft Accidents in Duluth and Gwinnett Counties
Were you in a car accident as a passenger of a Lyft driver? Were you in a car accident and the other driver was a Lyft driver?
As ridesharing services such as Lyft increase in popularity, accidents are going to rise. If you’ve been involved in a car accident with a Lyft driver, you should be aware that these cases can be significantly different from other car accident cases. You may need an expert attorney to help you understand your options.
The Brauns Personal Injury Law Firm is here to help you with your claim involving Lyft. Call us at (404) 418-8244 or send us an email via our online contact form for a free consultation.
What Do I Do After the Accident?
After an accident that involves a Lyft driver, the first step is obviously to take care of yourself. If you’re injured, seek medical attention immediately. Some injuries do not manifest themselves immediately. Lingering aches, pains, stiffness, and other problems may be indicative of an injury that wasn’t obvious right after the accident. Your doctor can help identify your symptoms and may refer you to a specialist.
Once you’ve taken care of your health, we recommend that you then write down everything you can remember from the accident. You might want to take some pictures of the damage to your vehicle or the scene of the accident at this time. The more information you can document now the better – details are difficult to remember over time, and the scene of the accident may look different in a few weeks. Be sure that you keep the name of your Lyft driver and their license plate number recorded somewhere safe where it won’t get lost.
Next, you will want to figure out whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or other losses. You need to keep careful, detailed records. Keep copies of receipts, invoices, and any other document that proves your injuries or other losses. Examples of injuries and losses that may arise from your Lyft accident include:
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Lost wages
- Vehicle repairs
- Public transportation fares
You may be entitled to compensation for any injury, or economic loss that you can prove is the result of your Lyft accident. The better records you keep, the better chance you have of being fairly compensated. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you with this process.
What Makes Lyft Accidents so Complicated?
Because Lyft drivers are paid by passengers in exchange for a ride, there are additional factors to consider when Lyft drivers cause an accident. Lyft drivers are considered common carriers, and as a result, are subject to special laws and regulations. A lawyer who has experience handling claims against Lyft drivers can help you with your case.
When a driver causes an accident, their insurance company will usually pay for the damages. In a Lyft case, there are additional insurance requirements, and the claim will be handled somewhat differently. The driver has to carry his own insurance, but Lyft has a policy that also covers the driver. The facts of the case will determine which insurance company has to pay the claim. Sometimes the insurance companies will disagree as to which company should pay the claim, which leads to delays in processing the claim. This can be especially frustrating in you are injured and in pain.
To further complicate matters, Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors. Therefore, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault and who you have a claim against.
If you were a passenger and your Lyft driver got into an accident, seeking compensation for your injuries is even more complicated. The Lyft driver and the other driver may disagree over who was a fault. The various insurance companies may all be looking to deny coverage. As the passenger, you may not have seen what happened or have the information needed to resolve the claim. All of this can delay coverage, leaving you feeling helpless while worrying about your health and your bills.
Factors Unique to Lyft Accidents
Passenger fees fund Lyft’s efforts to make sure their service is safe. But think about a day in the life of a Lyft driver – long hours behind the wheel, driving in traffic and bad weather, trying to earn a living to support their families. They may be even more likely to get into an accident than a private motorist. They may be distracted by a difficult passenger. Maybe they are behind in maintenance, and a mechanical failure leads to an accident. The driver may be distracted by his app that he has to have running while driving for Uber. Maybe she is stressed out, leading her to driving aggressively or without regard for road conditions or other hazards. An attorney experienced in handling Lyft cases can help identify the important facts that may help you get compensated for your injuries and financial harm.
Car Accidents Can Lead to Long-Term Physical and Financial Harm
After an accident, many people ignore their injuries or delay seeking treatment. We commonly hear, “I’m fine, it’s not a big deal.” If you wait until the injuries have been lingering for months, you may discover too late that the injury was more serious than you thought. That injury may cause other problems, and treatment can be expensive. Your injuries and their financial impact may prevent you from living your day-to-day life to the fullest. By delaying treatment or seeking legal advice, you may be jeopardizing your future and the future of your family.
How an Attorney Specializing in Lyft Cases Can Help
When you are in pain or under financial stress, it can be difficult to sort out the issues and navigate the process. The Brauns Personal Injury Law Firm can guide you every step of the way. We know the law, and we have a clear understanding of how the process works.
Call a Georgia Lyft Accident Attorney Today
The Brauns Personal Injury Law Firm can help you protect your rights if you’ve been a victim of a Lyft accident. We have a proven track record of helping clients get fair compensation. If you would like a free consultation, call us at (404) 418-8244 or send us an email via our online contact form.