South Florida Lyft Accident Attorney
The Datny Law Firm and Boca Raton Car Accident Attorney David B. Datny help victims of car crashes involving rideshare services like Lyft. Lyft has become popular in Florida because it offers easy and affordable access to transportation to local beaches, restaurants and bars throughout Palm Beach County. In 2017, Lyft’s 1.4 million drivers provided more than 375 million rides to about 23 million passengers. Lyft offers convenience, and appear to be slowly changing the default way many people travel. Nearly a quarter of a million Lyft passengers reported eliminating a car from their households as a result of their use of the service. However, the evolving state of the industry and widespread news coverage of insurance and liability issues have left many Lyft passengers uncertain of their rights after a car accident.
Personal Injury Lawyer and Lyft Accident Attorney David B. Datny understands the complexities associated with accidents involving Lyft and puts his skills and knowledge to work to help victims of Lyft and other rideshare car accidents secure the compensation they deserve for medical treatment, out of pocket expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering. If you’ve been injured as a passenger in a Lyft vehicle, or have been involved in a collision with a Lyft driver, do not wait to contact us for a FREE consultation. Just call 561-221-7474 or click in the lower right-hand corner of this page right now. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you after your Lyft accident, rideshare crash and/or other car accident matter. We will guide you through this complicated process and put you on the path to medical and financial recovery.
How Lyft Accidents are Different
Lyft accidents are different than a traditional automobile accident or livery service accident. An individual driver is required by law to carry motor vehicle insurance. A traditional taxi cab company that employs its drivers bears responsibility for accidents and carries liability insurance. However, Lyft drivers are independent contractors operating their own vehicles. Thus, they don’t fall cleanly into either the “individual operating the vehicle for personal use” category or the “employee operating the vehicle on behalf of a company” category.
Instead, a complex system of insurance and potential gaps exists where Lyft drivers are involved. Lyft provides $1 million in liability insurance, but that insurance applies only if the driver is carrying a passenger or is en route to pick up a passenger who has engaged the driver through the Lyft app. If the driver has, for example, just dropped off a passenger and not yet received another engagement, Lyft’s insurance may not apply. A Lyft Accident Lawyer like David B. Datny will assist you in holding the responsible parties accountable and making sure coverage is properly placed.
As in other types of motor vehicle accident cases, the injured party must prove that the Lyft driver was negligent, and that the driver’s negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries. However, an attorney managing a Lyft accident claim must also navigate the issues of driver liability, company liability, and applicable insurance coverage.
Again, Lyft Accident Attorney David B. Datny is prepared for these complications and knows that under certain circumstances, Lyft may be held liable despite classifying its drivers as independent contractors. The Datny Law Firm has the knowledge, skill, experience, and motivation to fight effectively for the rights of Floridians and residents in and around Boca Raton who have been injured by Lyft drivers, whether as passengers, occupants of other vehicles, bicyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians.
Damages in Lyft Accident Cases
Some of the most common types of damages awarded in Lyft car accident cases include:
- Costs of past and projected future medical expenses
- Compensation for lost earnings for missed work time
- Compensation for any limitations on future earning capacity
- Reimbursement for property damage, such as the cost to repair or replace a damaged vehicle, or diminution in value of your car caused by the accident
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
In a serious injury cases, including traumatic brain injury matters and wrongful death accidents, the $1 million in coverage provided by Lyft may be inadequate to cover the injured party’s damages. In such cases, The Datny Law Firm and Lyft Accident Lawyer David B. Datny will make every effort to identify and pursue claims of liability by additional parties, such as the rideshare company, and/or insurance carriers.
An Experienced Boca Raton Lyft Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
When you retain an experienced Lyft Car Accident Attorney like David B. Datny, he will take charge of every aspect of your case, from negotiating with insurance companies to investigating your case, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and preparing for mediation, arbitration or litigation. Not only do you benefit from the knowledge and experience of a dedicated advocate, but representation frees you to focus on your medical recovery and rebuilding your life after your accident.
Do not put yourself at a disadvantage by trying untangle the complex law relating to Lyft car accidents on your own. Without a skilled advocate, you expose yourself to overreaching insurance companies why may try and take advantage of inexperienced accident victims by seeking things from them that they are not entitled which may compromise your claim, such as giving a statement or accepting money and signing a Release. An experienced Boca Raton Lyft Car Accident Lawyer like David B. Datny will protect you from the insurance companies and their lawyers. The Datny Law Firm will work with you to make sure you get the treatment you need and obtain the best possible medical outcome for your injuries, which always leads to the best possible financial outcome. Just call 561-221-7474 to schedule your free consultation. We’re available 24/7 to take your call and will travel to you if necessary.