It seems like everyone is jumping on the Lyft rideshare bandwagon. There’s no doubt Lyft rideshares offer us ease and convenience. Placing a rideshare request amounts to tapping your smartphone screen a couple of times and then simply waiting to be picked up by a Lyft driver. If only settling a claim or lawsuit when you or a loved one has been injured in a rideshare car accident was as convenient.
Sadly, it’s not. That’s why you should speak to an Egan Lyft accident lawyer as soon as possible after your car accident. A lawyer will protect your right to receive fair and just compensation.
Am I Really Eligible for Compensation?
Yes, you are. However, whichever insurance company you end up dealing with will probably try to convince you that you aren’t. Or you may be told that you’re eligible for far less than you’re asking for.
When dealing with any insurance company, be careful. They are not your friend. Like any other business, insurance companies watch their bottom lines because they are for-profit businesses. They don’t want to have to pay you any more than they have to. Many have lawyers on staff to fight your claim.
Don’t Be Fooled—We Can Help Fight for Your Claim
Over the years, the insurance industry has devised tactics to pay as little as they can get away with. And they like nothing better than for you to try negotiating with them without a lawyer by your side. Some tactics used against unsuspecting injured parties are bullying, getting you to agree to make a recorded statement during which they may attempt to trip you up. If they can get you to say something that works against your claim, they then get away with paying you less.
They may purposefully drag their feet in the hopes of wearing you down, so when they finally make you a low-ball settlement offer, you will accept it because either you are exasperated or you’re desperate for the money.
With a skilled lawyer protecting you, you can receive a higher settlement than if you try to negotiate a settlement on your own.
For a free legal consultation with a lyft accident lawyer serving Egan, call (337) 777-7777
Should I File a Claim or Lawsuit?
Most of the time, the best way to seek compensation for an injured Lyft passenger is through a claim. This is where you deal directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Claims are filed if the compensation amount isn’t overly high, say $35,000 or less for both physical injuries and property damage. But there’s a good chance the insurance company may balk at how much money you’re asking for. They might outright refuse to pay you anything or try to offer you far less. If you don’t agree to what they want, they might keep delaying any settlement leaving you in a state of chronic limbo.
At this point, it’s time to consider filing a lawsuit. A seasoned accident lawyer can best advise you on whether or not to file a lawsuit and the best timing in doing so.
Filing a lawsuit will definitely get the defendant’s (the at-fault driver’s) attention. Suddenly, you may find that the insurance company is ready to settle. This is especially true if you’re working with a personal injury lawyer who knows how to win personal injury lawsuits. Your lawyer’s name doesn’t go unnoticed, and Laborde Earles Law Firm knows how to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies.
One thing you must keep in mind is the statute of limitations. According to CC Art. 3492, you just one year from the date of the Lyft accident to file a lawsuit.
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How Easy Is It to File a Lyft Accident Claim or Lawsuit?
Trying to secure a settlement as a result of a Lyft rideshare car accident is not pleasant. They are complex with many variables, not to mention time-consuming. Here are some of them:
- Was the Lyft driver at-fault?
- Was another motorist at-fault?
- Did the road or a failed stoplight cause the accident? In these cases, the municipality may be at fault.
- Is the other motorist who is the at-fault driver underinsured or not insured? If so, who pays?
- Were you a pedestrian or a bicyclist struck by a Lyft driver?
- Was the driver in Lyft’s “driver mode” or not?
- Depending on the driver’s status, who’s insurance is now responsible?
Figuring out liability and settlement details can be like untangling a knotted ball of yarn. And trying to figure out who needs to pay you for damages can turn into a nightmare. Seeking the counsel of an expert Lyft accident lawyer will alleviate a lot of your confusion and worry.
What Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Do for Me?
Lawyers specializing in these cases will protect you from predatory insurance company tactics. Suppose your injuries are severe and affect your long-term health and employment prospects. In that case, your lawyer will help you plan for the future by fighting for financial compensation. It’s your legal right.
Your lawyer will investigate the car crash, determine who is liable for your injuries, and then contact and negotiate with the insurance company. If an out-of-court settlement claim can’t be reached, filing a lawsuit could be the best action plan.
Act Now Before It’s Too Late
Sometimes the formal filing of a lawsuit can be enough to get the insurance company to settle your claim. However, if this doesn’t happen, then we’ll make sure you have your day in court. We believe you deserve to have a voice in that courtroom—one that has your best interest in mind.
The lawyers at Laborde Earles Law Firm have Egan Lyft accident lawyers on staff who know how to handle cases like yours. Contact us 24/7 for a free consultation or to set up an appointment. During that appointment, a lawyer will assess your case, answer your questions, and recommend how best to proceed.
There is no obligation. Contact us today.