Four Secrets to Surviving a Lyft AccidentBy Stewart J. Guss on July 31st, 2018
In 2017, Lyft reached the milestone of providing one-million rides per day. Without a doubt, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies have changed the way that people get around in cities around the world.
Unfortunately, providing an alternative to traditional modes of transportation is not the only way that Lyft has changed lives. When Lyft drivers are involved in accidents, victims can sustain EXTREMELY serious injuries that damage their lives FOREVER. People whom Lyft drivers can injure include Lyft passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and anyone else in the vicinity.
If you were hurt in an accident caused by a Lyft driver, talk to an attorney as soon as you can. The team of lawyers and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, knows the SECRETS to helping victims of Lyft accidents get the compensation they deserve. Our intake department is available for your free case evaluation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (800) 898-4877, or contact us now by .
Lyft’s Enormous Insurance Policy
Lyft KNOWS that its drivers are going to cause accidents and, like any other HUGE company, looks at accidents as just the cost of doing business. For this reason, it carries significant insurance policies that provide coverage when their drivers injure other people. In some cases, these policies will pay out as much as $1 MILLION to people whom Lyft drivers injure. While this all sounds GREAT for victims, the insurance companies’ main concern is turning a profit—which means PAYING VICTIMS AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.
Getting money from an insurance company is like pulling teeth. Fortunately, accident victims have ways to protect their legal rights and stop insurance companies from engaging in tactics that keep accident victims from getting the compensation they deserve. We will discuss four things that you ABSOLUTELY SHOULD DO after a LYFT ACCIDENT below. For more information or to talk to an attorney about your specific case, contact our office today.
STEP ONE: SEE A DOCTOR
It is absolutely IMPERATIVE to your case that you undergo a thorough medical evaluation after you are involved in a Lyft accident—EVEN IF YOU DO NOT THINK YOU ARE SERIOUSLY HURT. Many injuries, like whiplash, may not seem serious until you are STILL dealing with pain weeks or months after your accident. See a physician. Your doctor will identify any injuries you have and make sure that you start treatments as soon as possible.
In addition, when you are dealing with an insurance company as a victim, you need to provide evidence that details the cause and severity of your injuries. Seeing a doctor will result in the creation of a medical record that you can present to the insurance company and use in settlement negotiations. If you do not have a medical record, you are putting yourself in a situation where the insurance company can minimize your settlement offer. The insurance company will claim that your injuries are not as serious as you say they are, that something else caused your injuries, or that they resulted from a preexisting condition.
STEP TWO: DO NOT ACCEPT A SETTLEMENT!!!!!!!!!
Insurance companies limit their payouts by approaching victims with settlement offers as soon as they can after an accident. By doing this, they hope to get victims to accept LOWBALL offers before they realize just how bad their injuries are—and before they have had a chance to retain lawyers. As a victim, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to understand that ONCE YOUR ACCEPT A SETTLEMENT, YOU WILL LIKELY FORFEIT THE RIGHT TO ANY ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION. You’d better make sure that any settlement you accept compensated you for all of your losses, including your pain and suffering and any losses that you will experience into the future. Few accident victims know the first thing about calculating losses, and the insurance company WANTS TO USE THIS to its advantage. ALWAYS talk to an attorney before accepting a settlement offer.
STEP THREE: BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU DO ONLINE
Social media is everywhere these days, and many people consistently share pictures of what they had for breakfast and equally un-newsworthy events. A Lyft accident may seem eminently share-worthy but resist this temptation. Many victims learn the hard way that insurance companies will use what they post online as EVIDENCE to DENY YOUR CLAIM. Insurance companies can use a post indicating that you went for a walk as evidence that your injuries are not as serious as you claim. Avoid social media entirely until your case concludes.
STEP FOUR: RETAIN A LYFT ACCIDENT ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY
Retaining a Lyft accident lawyer is the single best way to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. A lawyer will collect evidence in support of your case and deal with the insurance company for you. In addition, if the insurance company refused to play ball, your lawyer will likely file a LAWSUIT to ensure that YOU OBTAIN THE COMPENSATION YOU DESERVE.
Contact the Team of Lawyers and Legal Professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Lyft Accident Law Firm
If you were hurt in an accident caused by a Lyft driver, speak to a lawyer as soon as you possibly can. At Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, our team of experienced Lyft accident lawyers will fight hard to get you every cent of compensation you deserve. We know how to deal with shady insurance companies who want to minimize what they pay to injured victims and will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and take a case to trial if it becomes necessary.
Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. For a free consultation with a member of our team, call our office 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-898-4877, or contact us now by .