Lyft rides are convenient ways to get around the Kenner, Louisiana, area. However, drivers of these vehicles can still get into an accident at any time, and when they do, the involved parties may find themselves in a complex legal situation when trying to determine who is responsible for the damages that result.
After a rideshare accident, seeking compensation isn’t always a straightforward process. A Kenner Lyft accident lawyer with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you determine who is liable for your damages. We can discuss your accident more during a free consultation today.
Proving Liability Is Important in Rideshare Accidents
An important question when it comes to a Lyft rideshare accident is who’s responsible for compensating you for your physical injuries and non-financial losses. If you or a loved one was a passenger in a Lyft rideshare vehicle when an accident occurred and suffered injuries, you may be wondering:
- Is the Lyft driver self-insured or insured by the company?
- Whose insurance covers my injuries?
- How much compensation can I collect?
Depending on whether the driver is in “driver mode,” passengers could seek damages from either the driver’s personal auto insurance or Lyft’s insurance, depending on what part of the ride they were in when the accident occurred. If another motorist or party is at fault in a Lyft rideshare, then that driver’s insurance policy could be on the hook for compensating the passenger for their damages.
Lyft Insurance Coverage and You
Lyft requires all drivers to carry personal auto insurance that meets the minimum coverage requirements in their state. If the Lyft driver is signed in to the Lyft app but has not received a ride request, Lyft provides the following coverage:
- $50,000 per person (max) for bodily injury
- $100,000 total per accident for bodily injury
- $25,000 coverage for property damage
If the Lyft driver is signed in and has accepted a ride request:
- The Lyft policy will pay up to $1 million per accident.
- If the accident is between a Lyft rideshare vehicle and an underinsured or uninsured driver when the Lyft driver is signed in to the app, Lyft will cover up to $1 million per accident as well.
When Lyft Drivers Won’t Accept Responsibility for Your Injuries
All these complexities are very confusing when you’re trying to negotiate a settlement on your own. Also, what happens if both the Lyft driver’s personal insurance company and Lyft’s insurance company deny liability for the accident? Speaking with our Lyft accident lawyer can help you determine your next steps.
Commercial insurance companies are in the business of making money. They always keep an eye on their bottom lines. That means they aren’t exactly excited to pay you fair compensation. Insurance company lawyers like to use policy language and their accident investigation information against you.
If you aren’t aware of these tactics, they can take you for quite a ride during negotiations. Beware of the insurance company acting like your friend. Keep in the back of your mind that they are your adversaries, and you must fight for what’s rightfully yours.
For a free legal consultation with a lyft accident lawyer serving Kenner, call (337) 777-7777
We Can Help You Seek Compensation for your Kenner Lyft Accident Damages
After a Kenner Lyft accident, you could recover:
Medical expenses: If you received emergency hospital care for injuries, or if you saw a doctor for an evaluation after the crash, we can help you seek repayment of your medical bills. You also could receive compensation for ongoing health care and rehabilitation needs.
Lost income, reduced earning potential: Missing work can cost you money. If you lost money, bonuses, tips, or benefits while recovering from your injuries away from your job, you could file an insurance claim or lawsuit to recover your lost wages. If the accident left you with disabling injuries that require you to change jobs or stop working, you could also be compensated for this.
Pain and suffering: Injuries can linger for a long time or permanently alter how you live your life. Our Kenner Lyft accident lawyer can seek compensation for long-term pain, disabling or disfiguring injuries, and emotional and mental trauma that occurred because of the crash.
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How We Can Help You After a Lyft Accident in Kenner
Our legal team handles rideshare accident cases in Louisiana regularly, so we understand the complexities of these cases. We will keep your case on track and negotiate with the liable party’s insurers for you. We also will gather evidence and assess your damages before determining how much compensation we can seek on your behalf. You can focus on recovering from your accident while we take care of the paperwork, phone calls, and more. If we can’t recover a settlement, we can fight for your recovery at trial.
If you wish to sue for damages, you must file your case within a year from the accident date, per CC Art. 3492. If you lost a loved one in a Kenner Lyft accident, you could be eligible to recover damages under a wrongful death action, which must also be filed within a year of the deceased’s death date, per CC Art. 2315.2.
This is a relatively short time, so the sooner your reach out to us, the sooner you will protect your right to sue for recovery. It will take time for your lawyer to research your case and gather supporting evidence. If you miss the deadline, you lose your right to hold the liable party accountable.
What to Do When a Lyft Car Accident Occurs
- You and/or the Lyft driver should call the police to report the accident.
- If you have physical injuries, call 911 for assistance.
- If the Lyft driver can’t or won’t make the call, then call 911 yourself.
- Report the accident to Lyft promptly.
- Document the accident scene and injuries using your cell phone camera to shoot stills or record videos. This serves as evidence to support you in negotiations for a settlement along with the police report, your medical records, and witness statements.
- Seek immediate medical attention and document all care you receive.
- Reach out to our attorney to explore your legal options for recovery.
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Act Now: Call Us About Your Kenner Lyft Accident Today
Seeking compensation can be complicated for passengers after a Lyft rideshare vehicle crashes. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers offers a free initial consultation 24/7 for these cases.
If we take your case, we will work on it at no charge to you. You won’t have to pay us if we don’t recover an award for you. We can explain our contingency agreement more during the free consultation, but we want you to know you can start today at no charge. We understand the laws that protect you in rideshare accidents. Let us defend your rights as you seek compensation. Call us now.