Were you in an accident involving a Lyft (or another) rideshare vehicle? If so, you may be wondering what to do next, asking yourself questions like, “how am I going to pay for my injuries and missed work? And whom can I hold responsible?”
How can you get the help you need? The best place to start is with a Lyft accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine understand the issues that arise from Lyft accidents.
For a confidential review of your claim, contact our office at 1-800-747-3733 for a complimentary claim review.
Compensation From Lyft Accident Cases
Those who have suffered injuries in Lyft accident can seek compensation for damages. You may be entitled to compensation if you were injured:
- As a passenger in a vehicle operated by a Lyft driver
- By a Lyft driver as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcyclist
- By a Lyft driver while lawfully operating your own vehicle
- As a driver, while providing contract services on behalf of Lyft
Medical expenses, lost income, rehabilitation expenses, and other out-of-pocket costs (even if your own insurance company covered it) are part of your economic damages, also called special damages. Loss of future earning potential from injury-related disability or permanent injuries are also part of special damages.
Future medical expenses, even though not yet incurred, are another form of special damages.
Noneconomic, damages also called general damages, are those losses a victim has suffered on which no one can put a price. These include pain and suffering or emotional trauma, mental anguish, and/or inconvenience.
If a negligent party’s acts or omissions were particularly egregious or willfully reckless, a victim may be able to pursue punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer, in addition to seeking compensatory damages.
Estate administrators, executors, and surviving family members can also seek these damages on behalf of the victim of a fatal accident.
Liability for a Lyft Accident Case
An injured victim may pursue a claim under the Lyft insurance policy.
Lyft’s insurance coverage depends on the driver’s status at the time of the wreck:
Driver not on the Lyft app. If the driver is not transporting passengers nor looking to pick up passengers (i.e., the driver is using his or her vehicle for personal use), then the driver’s own policy will cover the accident.
Driver on the Lyft app. If the driver is available to take passengers, but has none, the Lyft policy provides up to $50,000/$100,000 bodily injury liability and $25,000 property damage liability.
- Driver with or on the way to pick up a passenger. In such cases, the Lyft policy provides $1 million in liability coverage.
Any negligent party could be liable to pay damages, even a manufacturer if defective safety features exacerbated the injuries. Our investigator will be able to look at the facts, perform research and determine the liability of the accident.
The legal team at Anidjar & Levine is familiar with Florida Statute 627.748, which outlines the regulations for rideshare apps like Lyft. This statute describes the requirements of rideshare companies as well as what might be considered negligence. For example, possible claims again Lyft may include:
- Negligent hiring or retention
- Negligent supervision or training
- Consumer-related claims
Call a Lyft Accident Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
After learning more about your case, one of our Lyft accident lawyers can investigate and pursue the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. Call 1-800-747-3733 now to schedule your free claim review with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine.