Have you been in a Lyft accident? Our Lyft accident lawyers are professionals who can help you make the claims process easy.
With Lyft involved, it can be confusing to know how to claim compensation. The Haun Mena Lyft accident lawyers are experienced in representing individuals in car accident cases including rideshare services. Contact us today to talk about your case.
Lyft Accident Claims in Texas
Who may bring a Lyft accident claim?
Parties who may bring a Lyft accident claim include:
- Other vehicle drivers
- Passengers in other vehicles
- The Lyft driver
- Individuals riding a public bus
Anyone who has physical injuries or property damage because of a Lyft accident may qualify to bring a claim. Someone else must have legal fault for the accident because of negligence or reckless driving.
What is a Lyft accident claim?
A Lyft accident claim is a claim for financial compensation for the victim of an accident involving a Lyft driver. In Texas, the party who is at fault for an accident should pay the victim for compensation. When a Lyft driver is involved, the company provides supplemental insurance to ensure that victims can access compensation for their damages. A claim is the formal process of asking for compensation.
Can I sue Lyft as a driver if there is an accident?
A driver may be able to claim compensation from Lyft if they are in an accident. The company provides uninsured and underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage. In addition, they may offer comprehensive and collision coverage up to the value of the car, if the driver has the same coverage on their personal auto insurance policy. These claims may be made directly to Lyft as the driver.
Compensation for Lyft Accident Claims
What is Lyft coverage for accidents in Texas?
Coverage for a Lyft accident in Texas depends on the status of the driver at the time of the accident:
- Not logged into the app – No Lyft coverage; the driver’s personal insurance applies
- Logged in and available but not giving a ride – Up to $50,000 in bodily injury per person, up to $100,000 bodily injury per accident, up to $25,000 property damage
- During a ride – Up to $1 million in third-party liability
Texas law requires Lyft drivers to maintain personal insurance. (§ 1954.053) If their policy lapses, the company must provide coverage beginning with the first dollar, even if personal insurance would have otherwise covered compensation.
How do you get compensation for a Lyft accident?
When you’re hurt in a Lyft accident, you should take the following steps to receive compensation:
- Get medical care immediately
- Get driver information and their insurance details. Texas law 1954.056 requires a Lyft driver to give you their insurance information if there is an accident
- Report the accident to Lyft. Texas law 1054.154 requires Lyft to cooperate by providing driver activity information and a description of insurance coverage and exclusions
- Identify other drivers, passengers, victims and witnesses. Ask for their contact information
- Take photos of the accident scene
- Get a copy of the police report
- Review all the information and determine fault
- Make claims to the appropriate insurance companies of the drivers who may be at fault for the accident
- Identify compensation types that you can claim, and submit the appropriate documentation
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company
There are many steps involved in claiming compensation for a Lyft accident. You must determine who has fault, identify your damages and negotiate a fair settlement. Our Lyft accident lawyers are ready to help you through all of these steps.
Whether your claim is large or small, justice is important. The Haun Mena Lyft accident compensation attorneys work diligently to manage your case efficiently and effectively.
What if Lyft will not pay fairly for my accident?
You may find that Lyft does not voluntarily agree to pay you fairly for your claim. After all, they have a team of lawyers to defend against claims. But don’t give up!
Our lawyers can help you pursue formal legal action. The claim may be pursued through arbitration or in a court of law. Arbitration is a specialized process. Instead of going to a courtroom and having your case heard by a jury, your case may be decided by a third party neutral called an arbitrator. Arbitration and trial both require specialized experience. Whether your case proceeds in arbitration or goes to trial, the lawyers at Haun Mena have decades of experience representing injured victims. Plus, our law firm can use our expertise to engage in settlement negotiations for you. We are prepared to handle all the legal aspects involved in pursing your claim effectively.
How much is a Lyft settlement?
A Lyft settlement may include compensation for any of the following:
- Emergency medical care
- Doctor care
- Surgery, diagnostic tests
- Mobility assistance devices
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental health suffering, emotional anguish
- Lifestyle limitations, permanent disfigurement
- Wrongful death benefits
Economic and non-economic benefits may be available. Many victims underestimate the value of their losses and damages. Texas law protects accident victims in allowing them to claim compensation for the many ways that their life changes because of a Lyft accident. As accident lawyers, we problem solve for you by ensuring that your compensation fully reflects your true losses.
Lyft Accident FAQs
How long does it take Lyft to investigate an accident?
In general, an insurance company has 15 days to acknowledge receipt of a claim and request documentation. Then, they have 15 additional days to notify the claimant of acceptance or rejection (§ 542.056). However, they may ask for an extension of up to 45 days. These deadlines apply to car accident claims in the State of Texas including Lyft claims.
The time it takes to investigate depends on whether legal fault is clear and how serious your damages are. Under Texas law, if a delay in payment of a claim extends past deadlines, the insurer may be subject to pay additional damages.
How does Lyft investigate?
Lyft investigates the accident by gathering information including victim and witness statements, police reports, photographs and video. They also review documentation of your injuries, lost income and other losses. They consider all factors and causes of the accident including driver error, road conditions and vehicle malfunction. Lyft cooperates with law enforcement to make information available for official investigations.
Who is liable for a Lyft accident?
Parties that may be liable for a Lyft accident include:
- Lyft driver
- Driver in another vehicle
- Pedestrian or bicyclist that impedes traffic
- Vehicle manufacturer
Comparative fault rules apply, and multiple parties may share legal liability for an accident. Texas follows a modified version of comparative fault called “proportionate responsibility.” What that means is that if the Plaintiff is more at fault (51% responsible or more), than the Plaintiff’s fault is a bar to recovery.
Technically, comparative fault is when the percentage of negligence is deducted from the judgment, but isn’t necessarily a bar to recovery. For instance, in a state like CA, the Plaintiff can be 60% at fault, so the judgment would simply be reduced by 60%. But there isn’t a bar to recovery over 50% the way there is in Texas.
Actually claiming compensation can be complicated when a lot of parties and insurance policies are involved. Our lawyers for Lyft accidents can work on your behalf to simplify the process.
How long does a Lyft settlement take in Texas?
Texas law requires the insurer to investigate and accept or reject a claim not more than 15 days after receiving all the information. An extension is available for an additional 45 days. These timelines apply to Lyft car accident settlements.
If you do not agree with a settlement offer, you may continue to pursue additional negotiations, arbitration or a formal legal claim. These avenues may be appropriate for you to receive the compensation that you deserve. Timelines vary based on the complexity of the case, and it may take 90 days or up to a year or more to settle your case, with most claims resolving in about 180 days.
Lyft Accident Lawyer Near Me
When you’re looking for a Lyft accident lawyer near me, we listen to your concerns and answer your questions personally. We have one value in mind – to be different. You get partner level service and expertise all the time.
The best Lyft accident lawyer for you is one who understands the unique issues present in your case. They have the expertise to investigate and determine how to pursue the claim. In addition, they can help you negotiate the appropriate resolution or take your claim through formal legal proceedings.
At Haun Mena, we have the experience to navigate the complex legal world. We invite you to start a conversation with us to see if we are the best Lyft accident lawyer for you. Our law firm represents people in Houston and throughout Texas.
Taking New Cases – Free Consultation
Our Lyft accident lawyers are taking new claims now. Your consultation is free – we will never charge you for the cost of talking to our lawyers. Plus, you pay us only for results – the financial burden is off your shoulders.
We will never charge you for a penny of our time. We take all the risk. You pay us only if we get results for you.
Contact a Lyft Accident Lawyer
Do you need compensation after a Lyft accident? Are you having trouble getting compensated fairly, or are you wondering where to even begin?
Contact our Lyft accident lawyers to talk about your case. See what’s involved in bringing a claim and how we can work for justice on your behalf. If you decide to hire us, we will work on your behalf until you have a fair result in your case. Whether large or small, your case matters.
Work with our Houston Lyft accident lawyers on your case. Contact us today to talk to our team.