While modern technology has made rideshare services like Lyft a convenient method of transportation, it has not yet figured out how to keep California roads accident-free. The more crowded our streets and highways become, the more likely a Lyft accident will occur, many due to driver negligence. In this case, you would need a lyft accident lawyer. No matter how convenient Lyft rideshares may be, the relatively lax vetting of Lyft drivers and the fact that too many Lyft drivers work unimaginably long hours (many at more than one job) can make taking a Lyft risky.
If you have been seriously injured in a Lyft accident, you need strong legal representation if you are to win the damages you are entitled to by law. Whether you have suffered a simple fracture or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be overwhelmed by the ensuing physical pain, emotional anguish, and financial complications of suddenly being unable to work while enormous medical bills accumulate.
Los Angeles Lyft Accidents
This is precisely the time you or a family member should contact the personal injury attorneys Compass Law Group, LLP.
How Our Lyft Accident Attorney Can Help
In a Lyft accident in which you are the injured party, you are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to filing a lawsuit to receive compensation. Not only are you sick, tired, and weak, you are not clear-headed. Besides which, you may not only be confronted by the Lyft driver’s attorney, but by the high-powered attorneys of the Lyft company.
Compass Law Group, a prominent legal practice serving clients throughout California, is dedicated to leveling the playing field when it comes to personal injury lawsuits. We have the knowledge base, well-honed skills, and deep compassion to qualify us to defend your rights. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will take over the logistical aspects of your case so that you can devote your time and energy to healing.
We Will Do What Needs To Be Done
Our highly capable Lyft accident attorneys keep current with all laws pertaining to ridesharing, including the recent changes to rideshare law (California Assembly Bill 5 or AB 5) that were implemented on January 1, 2020. This legislation has reclassified Lyft drivers as employees of the company rather than independent contractors. In addition to being well-informed, our Lyft accident lawyers will be proactive in:
- Investigating the police report of your Lyft accident
- Examining your medical records
- Interviewing witnesses
- Checking out the accident site
- Consulting with any necessary experts in related fields
- Filing all procedural paperwork promptly
- Assessing which tactical approach will be most helpful in negotiating/litigating your case
Lyft accidents, like other rideshare accidents, tend to be more complicated to handle than more ordinary collisions because of the blurred role of the Lyft driver relative to the Lyft company. Though the new law mentioned earlier will presumably give Lyft drivers employee status — they were formerly considered independent contractors — it remains to be seen precisely how this will play out in terms of insurance and accountability. This is where our savvy Lyft accident attorneys will be critically important. We will clarify the legal process, answer your questions, and always keep you in the loop.
Damages You Can Win In A Lyft Accident Case
At Compass Law Group, we know all too well how distressing a serious Lyft accident can be, not only for you but for your loved ones. We will do everything in our power to obtain the money you need to resume or restart your life after a serious injury. We are fully aware of how quickly savings are used up as your income lessens or disappears. Therefore, we are fully committed to fighting aggressively to obtain a settlement substantial enough to pay for:
- Medical treatment
- Rehabilitative care
- Psychological counseling
- Alterations to make your home accessible
- Lost income (now and in the future)
- Property damage
And to provide you with some measure of compensation for your:
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Other Complications that May Arise in Lyft Accidents
In addition to the possible difficulties in identifying precisely when the Lyft company is held responsible for its drivers (i.e. when they are en route to pick up or actually transporting a passenger), there may be other challenges in settling your lawsuit. For example, it is possible that if you were driving a car that collided with the Lyft car you are partially at fault for your own injury. It is also possible that you were the driver of the Lyft car and have serious injuries as the result of another driver’s negligence. In either situation, we will gladly take your case and fight vigorously to defend your right to receive the full damages you deserve. You should be aware that, although Lyft claims to have a maximum of $1 million in insurance, if you have suffered catastrophic injuries in the accident, Compass Law may be able to get you an even higher settlement.
Though California law follows the principle of “comparative fault,” if the court finds that you bear some liability for the accident, you may not receive the whole amount of the damages awarded to you. For instance, if you were speeding at the time of the accident, even though the other driver made an illegal left turn, you may be held 20 percent accountable for the crash. If this is the case, you will lose 20 percent of the amount the court awards you in damages. This means that if you are awarded $1 million for your extensive injuries, you will receive $800,000 or 80 percent of $1 million.
Such calculations may seem unfathomable and meaningless when you are trying to recover from traumatic or catastrophic injury. This is why you need the trustworthy Lyft accident attorneys at Compass Law Group. Once you become our client, you are our top priority. We will fight hard and long to make sure you receive meaningful compensation for what you have endured.
As soon as you contact us, you will have the peace of mind of knowing you have strong legal advocates determined to win your case.
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