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NYC Lyft Accident Lawyer

When you’ve been hurt in a crash with a rideshare driver, find out how to recover financial compensation by working with an NYC Lyft accident lawyer.

Protect yourself after getting hurt in a rideshare car accident by retaining an NYC Lyft car accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer. These cases can be more challenging to litigate because of disputes that arise between Lyft and the driver regarding who is financially liable. Working with an experienced attorney will provide the best chance for receiving a fair financial settlement.

Rideshare Accidents Are Complicated

In a personal injury case, we must prove who was negligent and responsible for causing the accident. This is done by reviewing things like accident reports and gathering witness testimony. Determining if a driver was intoxicated, distracted, or otherwise driving recklessly is also necessary when preparing a claim.

Rideshare crashes are more complicated than most other traffic accidents. In addition to proving what caused the accident and who was responsible, we also need to identify whether Lyft’s insurance will apply, or if the driver’s will—much like in a truck accident lawsuit.

When Is Lyft Financially Responsible?

Most drivers who work for Lyft are independent contractors. They must sign legal agreements with the company before they can begin driving. Included in these contracts is language that clearly spells out when Lyft is responsible for anything that goes wrong, such as injuries or property damage caused by a car accident.

Lyft’s insurance policies kick in only under specific circumstances, generally determined by the status of the app and whether the driver had a fare at the time of the wreck.

For example, when a Lyft driver has a paying passenger in the vehicle, Lyft is financially responsible for any accidents that occur. They have a more limited insurance policy in place for when a driver is using the app but does not have a passenger with them.

When a Rideshare Driver Is Liable

If the driver was not actively using the Lyft app, he or she would be considered off duty, and any accident would then be the responsibility of the driver’s personal insurance policy.

Prior to filing your personal injury claim, we will go over the circumstances at the time of the crash to identify whether the driver, Lyft, or both should be named in the lawsuit.

Compensation for Your Damages

How much money you receive will largely depend on the extent of your injuries. If you have suffered a debilitating injury that is going to take longer than a year to recover from, it could be considered catastrophic and you may be entitled to recover long-term wage losses.

Otherwise, we will calculate the expenses associated with your injury claim, such as the following items:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Temporary wage losses
  • Transportation expenses
  • Cost of caregivers
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Lost quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Your Lyft accident lawyer can also request money for punitive damages if the Lyft driver was purposely driving recklessly or egregiously negligent.

Contact an NYC Lyft Accident Attorney

Given how complicated rideshare crash cases are and the likelihood that Lyft will deny liability, it is best to hire an NYC Lyft accident lawyer to assist with recovering damages for your injuries.

Learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with Greenstein & Milbauer. Scheduling a free consultation is as easy as completing the form below or calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462).

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