Brooklyn Lyft Accident Lawyer
When you’ve been injured in a rideshare car accident with a Lyft driver, getting compensated for your losses can be complicated. Simplify the process by working with a Brooklyn Lyft accident lawyer.
Suffering an injury in a car accident is a traumatic experience. Not only do you need to recover from your injuries, but you also have the financial strain of the resulting medical bills and other damages.
However, you do have the right to seek compensation when someone else was at fault for the crash. Unfortunately, this can get complicated when the at-fault party was a Lyft driver. You may wonder if liability lies with the driver or with Lyft, and who should pay for your damages.
An experienced Brooklyn Lyft accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP will examine your case and identify the best course of action for securing the full compensation you deserve.
Who Is Financially Liable? Lyft or the Rideshare Driver?
Before your claim can proceed, your lawyer first needs to determine who to seek compensation from: Lyft or the driver. It may sound strange, but who is financially liable for your injuries comes down to the status of the Lyft app at the time of the crash.
This is because these rideshare drivers have an independent contractor relationship with Lyft—they are not actual employees. This can be advantageous to Lyft because they aren’t automatically responsible in all situations.
When Lyft Is Liable
Lyft has a couple of different insurance policies that apply in different situations—once again determined by the status of the Lyft app when the accident occurs.
If “driver mode” was active, then Lyft’s primary policy should apply. This means that the driver had an active fare in progress or had accepted a rideshare request and was on the way to pick the fare up.
However, if driver mode was active but the Lyft driver was still waiting on a new ride request, then Lyft’s contingency policy will be the one that applies to your crash. You’ll probably first need to seek compensation from the driver’s policy, and then Lyft’s policy will pick up any remaining losses that weren’t covered.
When the Driver Is Liable
Lyft will claim no responsibility if their app was not in active use when the accident occurred. This means that you’ll need to file your claim with the driver’s insurance. If his or her coverage is inadequate—or if it gets terminated for rideshare use—you’ll need to file an underinsured or uninsured claim with your own policy.
Recovering Compensation for All Losses
To ensure you recover the settlement you deserve, your Brooklyn Lyft accident lawyer will complete an assessment of all your losses. Whether you suffered a back injury, broken bones, or a head injury, you are entitled to compensation for what you’ve been through:
- Any lost wages and future projected earnings
- All medical costs for current and future care
- Rehabilitation, physical therapy, and medical devices
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost enjoyment of life
Contact a Brooklyn Lyft Car Accident Lawyer
At Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP we understand the difficulty that a rideshare accident can cause you and your family. To secure fair and full compensation for your injuries, a lawyer from our firm will work hard to successfully resolve your case.
For a free, no-obligation consultation with a Brooklyn Lyft accident lawyer, call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or contact us online through the form below.