Helping Lyft Car Accident Victims in Houston, Texas, Recover Monetary Compensation in Personal Injury Cases
Houston residents and visitors alike are increasingly turning to popular ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft for all of their travel needs. With the increased number of Lyft riders, however, comes the possibility of Lyft accidents. Collisions involving Lyft vehicles can bring about serious injuries to Lyft passengers, as well as other motor vehicle drivers and passengers who are traveling on the roadway. Those injuries may include soft tissue injuries, bone fractures, as well as more serious injuries like , paralysis, spinal cord injuries, and even death, in the worst cases.
Lyft accident cases can also prove difficult to settle and litigate. Unlike other car accident cases, pursuing monetary recovery in Lyft cases is not as simple as filing a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Instead, you will need to overcome other, more complicated legal and procedural hurdles.
The legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, is experienced with handling motor vehicle accidents that involve Lyft and other ridesharing vehicles and other common carriers. Our knowledgeable attorneys can properly file your claim or lawsuit against the right parties and seek all available insurance coverage. Our intake department is available for your free consultation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (800) 898-4877, or contact us now by . Our attorneys will strive to put you in the best possible legal position to recover fair and just monetary compensation and damages in your accident case.
Statute of Limitations Considerations
Motor vehicle collisions involving Lyft vehicles are subject to the same as all other motor vehicle accident cases. In Texas, an individual claiming personal injuries must file a claim or lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. This means that absent extreme circumstances (such as being underage or suffering from some other disability at the time of the accident), victims must always file a claim or lawsuit within this time period—or the injured accident victim will lose the ability to seek monetary compensation.
The skilled legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, can file a claim or a lawsuit on your behalf in a timely manner, thereby setting the stage for obtaining monetary compensation for your case.
How Houston Lyft Accidents Occur
Unfortunately, Lyft drivers are often preoccupied while they operate their vehicles. Some Lyft drivers are more concerned about where their next fare is coming from, rather than paying attention to the road. As a result, they constantly look at their cell phone apps and route their GPS devices while they operate their vehicles. These distractions can set the stage for serious motor vehicle accidents. Other common causes of Houston Lyft car accidents include:
- Failing to follow traffic laws and other rules of the road – This can include running red lights or stop signs to arrive at the next destination sooner, or breaking speed limits to increase the number of fares a driver can transport in a given time period.
- Weaving in and out of traffic – Lyft drivers sometimes try to weave in and out of busy traffic—especially on high-speed motorways—with the hope of collecting as many fares and making as much money as possible. However, such reckless and careless driving poses a significant hazard for everyone else on the roadway at that time.
- Operating a motor vehicle after using drugs or alcohol – Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is both illegal and irresponsible. This is true even if the offending driver is not found guilty or ultimately convicted of driving while intoxicated—or . Although Uber and Lyft drivers who are charged or convicted of DWI may permanently lose their jobs driving for Uber or Lyft, they may already have done significant damage in the form of a motor vehicle accident or injuries.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that you believe was caused by a Lyft driver’s negligence, the Houston legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, may help. Our skilled lawyers and legal professionals can investigate your accident, determine the cause, and take legal action against the responsible person or entity. In a nutshell, common carrier accidents are all about holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions and inactions.
Actions You Should Take Following a Houston Lyft Accident
Regardless of whether you believe you sustained injuries, always do the following after a Lyft car accident—or any car accident, for that matter:
Call the police and paramedics to the scene – A police officer can discuss how the accident happened and can prepare a police report—a potentially crucial piece of evidence in the event your Lyft accident case is litigated through the court system or tried in court.
Seek medical attention – Following your involvement in a Lyft accident, always seek medical attention at a hospital or urgent care center for any injuries and damages you may have sustained. An emergency room or urgent care doctor or nurse can complete the necessary medical documentation to show that the accident injured you. This can protect you if Lyft’s insurance company disputes your claim later on.
Speak to witnesses at the scene – If you remain mobile at the accident scene, obtain contact information from any eyewitnesses to the accident and discuss with them what they observed at the time of the accident.
Call a Lyft car accident lawyer – The Lyft car accident lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, may represent you throughout your case and take legal action on your behalf. While you undergo medical treatments in order to recover from the injuries you sustained in your accident, our lawyers can begin preparing your case, and pursue just and fair monetary recovery on your behalf.
Lyft Accidents versus Other Car Accidents
Car accidents involving Lyft vehicles are different from other types of motor vehicle accidents. For starters, if you are in a Lyft accident, you may need to do more than simply file a claim or lawsuit directly against the Lyft driver who caused the accident—or against your own insurance company. Potential legal problems with these accidents include:
- Your own insurance company may not provide coverage for injuries you sustained while you rode in a Lyft vehicle.
- The Lyft vehicle driver’s insurance company may not cover the time when the accident occurred (that is, when the driver was on the job).
Lyft accidents are further complicated because ridesharing is a fairly new concept, and few legal case precedents offer answers to difficult insurance coverage questions. Fortunately, however, you may still pursue monetary compensation directly from Lyft, or Lyft’s insurance company, in some cases.
The Lyft car accident lawyers and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, understand the difficulties presented by ridesharing accident cases. Our attorneys are ready to pursue every potential legal avenue of recovery on your behalf.
Available Insurance Coverage From Lyft
Fortunately, ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber offer insurance coverage for the benefit of injured accident victims. This coverage may come into play when a Lyft driver negligently causes a collision with another motor vehicle, bringing about serious injuries and damages. Although the applicable insurance policy limits are similar for both Lyft and Uber, you will find slight differences.
Under Lyft’s insurance policy, the Lyft driver’s personal automobile insurer provides coverage in the event their driver causes a motor vehicle accident while not online communicating with fares or potential fares. Similarly, the Lyft driver’s personal automobile insurer provides coverage if the driver is in the process of engaging a fare via the online app and negligently causes a motor vehicle accident at that time.
Assuming that the driver’s own insurer refuses to provide coverage for the motor vehicle accident, then Lyft’s insurance coverage comes into play. Under those circumstances, Lyft’s policy limits are:
- $100,000 of coverage per accident
- $50,000 of coverage per person
- $25,000 of coverage for property damage sustained in the accident
Lyft also has a $1 million insurance policy in place for bodily injury coverage, as well as uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. This policy covers the period from when the Lyft driver picks up a fare and lasts until the driver drops the fare off at the final destination.
The experienced Lyft accident lawyers and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, can help you determine which insurance policies may apply to your case. Our seasoned legal team can then set about recovering the monetary compensation for your medical injuries that you need and deserve.
Recovering Monetary Damages in a Lyft Accident
People who suffer motor vehicle accidents caused by Lyft drivers can sustain serious injuries and damages. Not only do accident victims often require medical treatments, but injuries they sustain in the accident may also force them to miss significant time from work.
Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, compensate accident victims for non-tangible damages that dollars and cents cannot exactly measures. These may include monetary compensation for all of the pain, suffering, and inconvenience associated with the accident. Noneconomic damages may also compensate an accident victim for related mental anguish and emotional distress resulting from injuries sustained in the accident. Finally, an accident victim may recover monetary damages for lost quality of life due to injuries sustained in the accident.
The Houston legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, makes their goal to obtain as much monetary compensation as possible on behalf of their clients. Our attorneys and legal professionals will do everything in their power to obtain full and fair compensation for everything that you went through.
Contact a Houston Lyft Car Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Legal Consultation and Case Evaluation
Despite the convenience associated with Lyft, Uber, and other ridesharing services, the possibility of motor vehicle accidents persists, along with serious injuries and damages. As with all motor vehicle accidents, insurance companies are never on the side of the accident victim and are not interested in paying out damages in your case. In some instances, the insurance company may even go so far as to deny liability in your accident case, claiming that you are not entitled to recover damages.
Because the ridesharing companies’ insurers are never on your side, never agree to provide a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster. Insurance adjusters often use these statements as a means of denying liability or damages in motor vehicle accident cases.
If you were in an accident that a negligent Lyft driver caused, the lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, may represent you throughout your case and help you obtain full and fair monetary compensation for your injuries.
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