There are numerous reasons to use Lyft for transport. Convenience, safety, and reliability are some of the benefits of this ridesharing service. There are also risks to using Lyft, including driver impersonation, low-rated drivers, and assault. The most common risk is accidents. Thousands of Lyft passengers are involved in Lyft accidents every year, and some are fatal.
If you’re hurt in a Lyft accident, don’t hesitate to call the Houma Lyft accident lawyer at the Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers to get compensation for your injuries.
We have helped victims of car crashes obtain justice. We know how insurance companies work, and we can help you navigate their claims process to receive fair treatment. Our lawyers will fight hard on your behalf to ensure that you receive all the compensation you deserve.
Lyft Accident Statistics
According to a University of Pennsylvania report, there were around 2 million rides taken through Lyft in 2016 alone. There were also around 1,000 reported accidents involving Lyft drivers. The number of accidents involving Uber drivers is similar.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 6,500 accidents involved Uber vehicles in 2017. In total, these two ridesharing apps had around 3.5 million trips in 2017.
In 2015, the NHTSA released data that found around 4,200 accidents involving Lyft drivers. These accidents resulted in around $2 billion worth of damage.
For a free legal consultation with a rideshare accident lawyer serving Houma, call (337) 777-7777
Damages You Can Claim
Your compensation depends on who is involved in the accident and the rideshare driver’s status. If your driver’s app is turned off, the rideshare company may not accept liability.
However, if another motorist hits your driver’s car, the responsibility lies on them, though the rideshare company’s insurance will cover some of the damages. If your driver was negligent and caused the accident, then their personal insurance and the company insurance will cover damages for you as the passenger.
Let a Houma Lyft accident lawyer help you figure out your claim, as it can quickly get complicated. We can collect the evidence needed to determine the rideshare driver’s status, thus giving the situation a clearer picture.
As for the damages themselves, you can claim compensation for economical and non-economical items, such as medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of income, and more.
Houma Rideshare Accident Lawyer Near Me (337) 777-7777
Act Fast and File Soon
The Louisiana statute of limitations (CC Art. 3492) is up to one year since the date of the accident, but there are certain exceptions, such as the discovery rule, or when new evidence of wrongdoing is discovered that would change the details of the case.
In any case, we recommend that you act soon. If you were injured in your rideshare accident, it could take a lot of time to recover. The sooner we can help you file your claim, the sooner we can also gather evidence and build your case.
Our lawyers will explain all the details of your case during your free consultation. We will answer any questions you may have and help you decide whether you should pursue legal action against the responsible party.
What Do I Need to Prove?
To win your case, you must prove that the defendant caused the accident by showing that they acted negligently. Negligence is defined as failing to act under the circumstances.
Negligent acts usually involve driving too fast, texting while driving, and using drugs or alcohol.
To prove negligence, you must show that the following elements exist:
- Duty: A duty is an obligation or requirement imposed upon someone to confirm their behavior to some standard of conduct
- Breach: When a person fails to meet their duty
- Causation: This means that the negligent act caused the plaintiff’s injuries
- Injury: Injuries are physical harm or damage to another person
- Damages: Damages are monetary losses resulting from the injury
- Fault: The fault element exists when one person is at fault for causing the accident, and the other person suffers injury
- Proximate cause: Proximate cause is the connection between the defendant’s negligence and the plaintiff’s injury
- Contributory negligence: Contributory negligence occurs when a person does something that increases harm risk. For example, if a person drives drunk, they are more likely to get into an accident. Therefore, they are partially at fault.
These are just some basic facts that you must prove to succeed in your case. Our attorneys will go over these points with you during your free consultation.
Who Is Responsible for My Medical Bills?
If you were injured due to the fault of another person, you might be entitled to compensation for medical bills. You may also be able to recover damages for pain and suffering. However, most insurance companies are reluctant to pay because they don’t want to spend money on frivolous claims.
This is why we offer a free consultation. During this meeting, our attorneys will review your case and advise how to proceed.
We’re here to ensure that you receive fair treatment no matter who the responsible party is.
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Don’t Worry About Cost
On top of dealing with insurance company negotiation and recovering for injuries, we don’t want to put the burden of financial worries on you, too. That’s why we at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers work on a contingency fee basis—we expect no upfront payment of legal fees.
Instead, we simply ask for an agreed-upon percentage of your earnings from the compensation. That way, not only are we willing to win your case, but we’re also motivated to help you get the compensation you need.
Contact a Houma Lyft Accident Lawyer Today
Our goal is to provide quality representation and outstanding service to every client. If you would like to speak with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers about your accident and file a claim, contact us for a free consultation today.