California car accident cases can be quite complex, challenging and costly for victims. However, an accident injury involving a Lyft vehicle could be even trickier because the claims process could be more convoluted. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Lyft accident in California, you are probably wondering what type of compensation and how much compensation you may be able to receive.
This is not an easy question to answer because the amount of compensation you can receive will depend on the facts and circumstances of your specific case. The Lyft accident settlement will typically be based on the losses you sustained as a result of the crash and injury including medical bills and lost income.
At the Vaziri Law Group, APC we have significant experience handling Lyft car accident cases in Los Angeles, CA. We understand the complexities involved in rideshare accident cases. We can help ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.
Duty of Care
If you have been severely injured in a car accident involving a Lyft driver, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the company for the injuries, damages and losses you suffered. However, you may need the guidance and counsel of an experienced car accident lawyer who can help you navigate the system and stand up to a large corporation such as Lyft. In order to be successful with your claim against Lyft, you will have to prove three elements of negligence:
Duty of care: That the driver of the Lyft owed you a duty of care to keep you safe by driving in a reasonably safe manner.
Breach of duty: That the driver violated that duty of care by behaving in a negligent manner.
Causation: That the Lyft driver's breach of duty caused you to suffer injuries and monetary damages in the car accident.
According to recent reports, passengers are consulting rideshare accident lawyers more often because of more crashes. A University of Chicago study found that the number of accidents per 100,000 people nearly doubled from 2 to 3.5 since 2010. This may be because more people are on the roads, which often leads to an increase in risky driving behavior.
Reports also show that driving distracted is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Fatigued driving, impaired driving and a failure to follow the rules of the road such as running a red light or stop sign, or driving at an excessive rate of speed are some of the most common causes of rideshare accidents, including Lyft accidents.
Past Lyft Accident Settlement Amounts
Like other rideshare companies, Lyft is a private company. This means that they are not required under the law to share their financial and other information in public. There are no exact numbers when it comes to how many Lyft drivers are on our roadways, how many passengers they are transporting, how many car accidents occur during these trips and the amounts Lyft pays as compensation to injured passengers and other road users in California. A number of injury settlements tend to be confidential.
Each case tends to be unique based on its facts and circumstances. Depending on the nature and extent of their injuries and damages, plaintiffs in Lyft car accidents receive anywhere between a few thousand dollars to $1 million (which is typically Lyft's insurance limit), or sometime more if the injuries are catastrophic or fatal.
How Do I Know How Much My Case is Worth?
Each Lyft accident is unique. It can be challenging to estimate a settlement or know the value of your case until all details have been discussed and all facts come out. If you have been injured in a car accident involving a Lyft vehicle, it is important that you contact an experienced California car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You will likely get a much better idea about the value or worth of you case after you have spoken with your lawyer, once they determine the extent of your injuries and the actions of your Lyft driver at the time of the crash.
How Settlement Values Are Calculated
The amount of your Lyft settlement could depend on a number of factors including:
- The nature, extent and duration of your injuries
- The impact of those injuries on your day-to-day life
- The degree of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the Lyft driver
- The experience, knowledge and reputation of your car accident lawyer
If you would like to find out the value of your Lyft accident case, call the Vaziri Law Group toll free at 323-843-6171 for a free consultation. You can learn about our free consultation process here.
Does Lyft Pay for Your Losses After an Accident?
Lyft's insurance policy could cover injury victims in certain situations, particularly when a Lyft passenger is injured because of an accident caused by a Lyft driver. Lyft's maximum amount of coverage (up to $1 million) will apply when a Lyft driver is transporting a passenger. Lyft's mid-level coverage could apply when a Lyft driver causes an accident when he or she is on duty looking to pick up a passenger. This type of insurance policy will cover up to $50,000 per person for bodily injury and up to $25,000 in property damage.
It is important to remember that Lyft's insurance coverage will not apply in an instance where a Lyft driver is not actively logged onto the mobile app when the accident occurs. In such cases, you may have to seek compensation through the driver's personal auto insurance policy. Rideshare accidents including Lyft accidents can be extremely complex because they involve different parties and several possible avenues of compensation. This is why you need an experienced rideshare accident lawyer who can help you better understand your legal rights and options.
Reason Why Lyft Denies an Accident Claim
We often see cases where Lyft denies an injured victim's accident claim. This can be extremely challenging for victims and their families who are often left with mounting medical expenses, lost income because of being unable to work and a myriad of other financial burdens. If a Lyft driver caused your injuries, the company should be held accountable for your damages and losses.
While this may seem straightforward to a plaintiff, it can be quite challenging to get Lyft to fairly compensate you after an accident. If you have been injured in a Lyft accident, it is important that you file a police report and get the driver's information and insurance details as well. In addition, obtain as much evidence from the accident scene including photos, videos, contact information for eyewitnesses, etc. Get prompt medical attention and treatment for your injuries. Contact an experienced Lyft car accident lawyer who will help protect your rights every step of the way.
How long does it take Lyft to investigate an accident?
Lyft may investigate and settle a car accident claim fairly quickly if there are not many damages. Some cases could be settled within three months. This is particularly true if there was minor property damage or minor injuries. However, if you suffered serious personal injuries and had to take significant time off to recover, then it might become a more complex case. Insurance companies working on behalf of Lyft may try to dispute all or parts of your claim to minimize the payout. In such cases, you may need an experienced attorney on your side to fight for your rights.
Who Can File a Claim?
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, you may be able to file an accident claim or personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries, damages and losses. If you have lost a loved one in a Lyft accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the company and other at-fault parties seeking compensation for your tremendous losses.
At the Vaziri Law Group, APC we will help investigate your case and collect necessary evidence to prove your case. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and trial lawyers who will take the course of action necessary to help you secure maximum compensation for your Lyft accident losses. Call us today to schedule your free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.