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Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Lyft Accident Lawyer
Uber & Lyft enjoy a virtual monopoly (or rather, a duopoly) of the ridesharing industry. Chances are if you’re involved in a ridesharing accident, then it’s going to be with one of these two services. These services are very similar in setup, as riders access both companies through an app on their smartphone. Typically speaking, these cases are more complicated than normal motor vehicle accident cases. This is because Lyft is technically classified as a “technology firm”—not a “taxi provider.” As such, Lyft employs independent contractors to carry out their services. Most likely, if you are in a Lyft accident, then your claim will be against the Lyft driver and not vs. the company itself.
Whenever you pay for Lyft’s services, you are also paying for the security of your ridesharing experience. Lyft uses a portion of all passenger fees to fund important safety protocols, such as background checks on Lyft drivers, driver safety education, and vehicle inspections. Because the Lyft drivers are technically independent contractors, it almost always adds a layer of complexity that normal car accident cases simply don’t have.
Ridesharing cases have the additional element of dealing with a third-party motor vehicle operator. Because of this, it is best to seek the counsel of an experienced legal team with a consistent record. The Ward Law Group is such a team. Whether you suffer a personal injury or lose personal property such as a laptop in the accident, the Ward Law Group will be there to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.
If you speak Spanish, there’s no need to worry The Ward Law group also offers bilingual legal advice to those who speak Spanish as their primary language. You can rest assured knowing that your case is in the skilled hands of industry veterans.
Common Types of Lyft Accident Claims that We Settle
All Lyft drivers are responsible for their own insurance plans. That being said, Lyft does provide some degree of coverage for their drivers and passengers alike. The amount of liability money that Lyft sends out will depend wholly on whether the driver is alone or had passengers in the vehicle at the time of the event. In cases where there are a lot of passengers in the Lyft vehicle, the amount may reach up into the millions. Here are a few subtypes of Lyft accidents that we settle:
- Road Rage Accidents: These collisions are frightening because of their frequency and unpredictability. Road rage may affect a susceptible individual at any time for any reason and it certainly leads to a dangerous driving environment.
- Impaired Driving: This is not necessarily relegated to alcohol consumption. In many states, driving while under the influence of illegal drugs or not receiving enough sleep before driving can be categorized as impaired driving.
- Distracted Driving: Lyft operators are always trying to solicit more clients for their ridesharing services. It is not uncommon to see a Lyft operator drive around with three separate smartphones mounted to their windshield.
Of course, this just covers a few of the accident types that can occur. There are many different subtypes of accidents that are applicable to the ridesharing scene. Thankfully, the Ward Law Group has experience with all of these different subtypes; so, you can rest assured knowing that you are in capable hands. If you are involved in a Lyft accident as a passenger, then you should seek legal advice from an expert team as soon as it becomes feasible. Contact the Ward Law Group today to get the ball rolling on your settlement!
Types of Lyft Accident Injuries & Compensation
There are an overabundance of personal injuries that one may fall victim to because of a Lyft accident. Naturally, this list looks very similar to the injuries that one might sustain from a normal car accident. After all, the differences between these two situations are primarily legal; the physics involved are still the same. That being said, here are a few examples:
- Lacerations & Bruises
- Broken Bones or Damaged Cartilage
- Loss of Sight and/or Hearing
- Organ Rupture or Internal Bleeding
- Spine & Neck Injuries
- Brain Damage
- …and more.
Similar to the Lyft driver, passengers in their rideshare service enjoy the same viable compensation claims associated with any form of a motor vehicle accident. To get the most out of these claims, you’re going to need a legal team with many years of experience. Passenger compensation in these cases are highly nuanced; so, it ’s important to make sure that you have the best legal team standing behind you all the way. Here are a few examples of settlement types that you may be eligible for:
- Mental Distress: Psychological effects are not always evident right out of the gate. Therefore, it’s important to communicate with your medical practitioner about any quality of life changes you experience after the accident.
- Medical Bills: Even if you don’t suffer any injuries from your accident, you still may want to consider a medical evaluation. Expenses such as these, hospital stays, and treatments all fall into this category.
- Inability to Work: When you are badly injured in a Lyft accident, chances are, it’s going to put you out of work. You may be eligible to claim this as a loss resulting from the accident. If your injury is permanent, then the settlement you receive should take this factor into account, as you may not be able to work for a long time.
- Property Damage: This category covers everything from the smartphone in your pocket to the clothes on your back.
Setting The Standard for Bilingual Legal Services
The Ward Law Group cares deeply about the needs of the Spanish-speaking community. If you are a native Spanish speaker and you have recently been involved in a Lyft or motor vehicle accident, please contact the Ward Law Group today. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you receive the maximum compensation for your personal injuries.
Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After a Lyft Accident
Obviously, the first thing you should always do after an accident is to call for emergency responders. They will make sure that those in need of immediate medical assistance are taken care of. And, they will also safely remove the damaged vehicles from the road. Not long after, you should inform the insurance companies involved and they will open a claim. During this time, medical (and legal) experts generally recommend that you receive a medical evaluation within 14 days of the accident.
If you are able, then it is always a good idea to document everything. High-definition cameras are widely available to the public, and you should take advantage of that. Pull out your smartphone or camera, document the damages, and any other relevant information from the scene. Later in your case, these will help your legal team tremendously and may even increase your settlement amount.
You should also save all of your receipts and invoices for any expenses incurred as a result of the Lyft accident. Communicate this documentation with your legal team. They will be able to give you advice on what is and is not applicable for an insurance claim.
How The Ward Law Group Can Help
If you suffered an injury in a Lyft or motor vehicle accident, then please contact our team at The Ward Law Group today. Our firm has earned over two decades of experience with winning high-profile cases for those with personal injuries from motor vehicle accidents. We will do everything in our power to make sure your case is successful. Whether you speak English or Spanish, enlist the Ward Law Group today and receive the compensation that you deserve!
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