Van Nuys Lyft Accident Lawyer
Rideshare Accident Attorney Serving the San Fernando Valley
This convenience of technology may simplify many things, but it is not without its problems. Services provided by ridesharing apps like Lyft and Uber are reported to have resulted in a 2-3% increase in U.S. traffic deaths since 2011.
If you were injured in a Lyft accident, Williams And Seemen can help. Our Van Nuys Lyft accident attorneys have decades of experience in personal injury law and can help you receive the compensation you need.
Damages in Lyft Accident Cases
Though the type and extent of injuries varies from case to case, as does the amount of money plaintiffs request, there are typically only a few kinds of damages that injured parties seek.
The three main types of damages in Lyft accident cases are:
- Medical damages—money paid to cover your medical bills that resulted from the injury
- Income damages—money to compensate you for your income lost through being unable to work, including both immediately after the accident and into the future, if your income potential was reduced
- Pain and suffering—money paid to alleviate pain and suffering that resulted from an accident. Emotional distress and loss of enjoyment are terms for similar types of damages
Holding Companies Like Lyft Responsible
Lyft drivers are ordinary people who contract with these companies to offer rides for money. Most of these drivers only have personal vehicle insurance, and since they were driving for pay, their personal liability won’t cover the accident.
Lyft does offer their drivers the option to purchase liability insurance, which means they can be held responsible if one of their contracted drivers causes an accident.
If you need help pursuing the damages you are owed, contact our team of Van Nuys Lyft accident attorneys. We have a combined 25 years of experience with a focus on personal injury, and we can be an advocate for you.
How do I know who is at fault?
Understand that determinations of fault are not always clear or consistent. For instance, a responding officer might deem you or the other party at fault, but the officer’s opinion is not binding upon the insurance company. Even if the insurance company determines you to be at fault, you might still be able to recover. This is one of many reasons you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can thoroughly investigate the case in order to support and document who is truly at fault. When at the scene, avoid volunteering your opinion about who is to blame for the accident. You might think you were at fault and later learn that the other driver is as much or more to blame than you are for the accident. Keep in mind, statements you make about the accident could be used against you at a later time.
Why should I hire an attorney, can't I just handle my claim myself?
I have been hurt in an accident, what do I do?The short answer is yes, you can handle your personal injury claim yourself, but it is never a good idea. Remember, the insurance company is there to represent the best interest of their insured. This means they will sometimes try to deny liability for your property damage, minimize your medical expenses, or outright deny your claim for bodily injury compensation. Personal injury law is complex and requires an experienced professional to analyze every factor involved in your case to ensure your rights are protected. This is why it is important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney with an in depth knowledge of the law to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family.
I have been hurt in an accident, what do I do?
First and foremost, seek medical treatment. This might include emergency care, urgent care, or a visit to your physician. It is a good idea to see a doctor in the abundance of caution because you could be injured and not know it right away. Once you are diagnosed, map out and consistently follow the physician’s plan for recovery. Remember, the main goal is to ensure that you recover from your injuries. Sometimes this requires physical therapy and or chiropractic treatment. Unfortunately, most insurance adjusters will not properly evaluate your injuries without tangible proof that you sustained and suffered from a particular injury.