New York Lyft Accident Attorney
If you’ve been involved in a New York Lyft accident, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. The experienced attorneys at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will fight to help you recover all of the money you need while you try to get back on your feet.
Since 1977, we’ve been the most passionate advocates for injured car accident victims in New York. We know what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact our office to discuss your case today.
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Why Should I Call an Injury Lawyer After a Lyft Accident?
Rideshare services like Lyft and Uber have transformed how we travel around New York City. However, you have to keep in mind that Lyft drivers aren’t professionals. There’s no guarantee that taking a Lyft will be safer than driving. Car accidents across New York City involve Lyft vehicles every day.
When you get into a Lyft accident, you might be entitled to compensation. However, it can be challenging to get money in your hands. There will probably be a lot of different parties involved. This might include a Lyft driver, drivers of other motor vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and multiple insurance companies. Each one of these parties will fight you and try to prevent you from getting money that you really need.
Hiring a lawyer can help to make things a lot easier for you. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., our New York City personal injury lawyers will aggressively seek compensation on your behalf. We have more than 200 years of combined experience handling car accident cases. Since the introduction of Lyft, laws in New York have had to change. We’ve been committed to staying up to date on changes in the law that might affect your case.
As your lawyers, we will be your fiercest advocated and greatest allies. We will passionately seek to maximize your compensation by:
- Carefully investigating your Lyft accident to determine why it happened and who’s at fault
- Seeking compensation from all liable parties
- Defending you if anyone tries to blame you for the accident or your injuries
- Consult with NYC injury experts to better understand your injuries and what your case is worth, and
- Stand up to insurance companies when they try to drive down the value of your claim or refuse to compensate you, at all.
Our goal is to help you get the money you need as you recover from your Lyft accident injuries. We’re here to help, whether you were injured as a passenger in an Uber or another vehicle. Give us a call today to discuss your options and learn about your rights.
Who’s Liable For My Injuries After a Lyft Accident in New York City?
Under New York’s comparative negligence rules, you can potentially recover compensation from anyone who contributes to your accident or injury. This might include a:
- Lyft driver
- Driver of another vehicle
- Bus driver
- Transit company
- Cab driver
- Government agency, or
- Company that manufactured or sold a defective product.
Our attorneys will do everything we can to identify everyone who caused you to get hurt. Naming multiple parties in your ride sharing accident lawsuit can help to maximize your recovery.
How Do I Get Money If a Lyft Driver Caused My Accident?
In New York, Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors. This means that you won’t be able to hold Lyft personally responsible for your injuries if their driver causes an accident. However, Lyft does have an insurance policy that protects its drivers and injured third parties under some circumstances.
If you get hurt in a Lyft accident, you might be able to get money from the driver, their private insurance company, or Lyft’s insurance provider. It will ultimately depend on (a) the extent of your injuries and damages and (b) how the Lyft driver was using the app at the time of the crash.
The Lyft Driver Was Off Duty
Lyft won’t cover your injuries if the driver wasn’t logged into the Lyft app at the time of the accident. Instead, you’ll have to seek compensation directly from the Lyft driver or their insurance provider.
Like all other drivers in New York, Lyft drivers are legally obligated to purchase and carry car insurance coverage. You can file a claim to recover benefits from this policy. However, the insurer will only pay up to the policy maximum.
If the Lyft driver only purchased the minimum liability coverage required by the state, you might have to seek additional damages from the driver themselves.
The Lyft Driver Was Logged Into the App and Waiting For a Ride Request
Lyft has a limited insurance policy that will cover damages stemming from an accident involving a driver who was logged into their app. This policy will cover:
- Bodily Injury or Death: $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident, and
- Property Damage: $25,000 per accident.
However, Lyft’s insurance is considered secondary coverage. You’ll still have to look to the driver and/or their insurance provider first. You can file a claim with Lyft’s policy if your damages exceed what you can recover from them.
The Lyft Driver Was Logged Into the App and Has Accepted a Ride Request
Lyft has a $1 Million insurance policy that becomes effective the moment a Lyft driver accepts a ride request. That coverage extends until a passenger is picked up, driven to their location, and dropped off. Coverage terminates when the ride has ended in the Lyft app. If you get into an accident while a driver is en route to a passenger or has a passenger in their vehicle, you can seek benefits from this $1 Million policy.
Again, this policy is secondary to the driver’s personal insurance coverage. You have to file a claim with the driver’s provider first. You can seek compensation from Lyft’s insurer if your damages exceed what the other company will pay.
What Compensation Can I Get If I’m Injured in a NYC Lyft Accident?
Like any car accident, a Lyft crash can leave you with debilitating, painful, and expensive injuries. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., our attorneys will identify your damages and seek compensation from anyone who caused you to get hurt. Damages might include money for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
We’ll work tirelessly to get you the money you need and deserve. Give us a call or reach out to us online today for legal advice.
What Causes Lyft Accidents in NYC?
Uber and Lyft accidents happen every day in New York. These motor vehicle accidents can happen for a lot of different reasons. However, certain factors tend to contribute to crashes more often than others. Common causes of Lyft accidents in New York City include:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Drunk driving
- Making unsafe or illegal turns
- Stopping a vehicle unexpectedly or in illegal zones
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Unsafe lane changes
- Defective vehicles or equipment
- Unsafe road conditions, and
- Dangerous weather or traffic conditions.
You deserve money if you’ve been injured in a NYC Lyft accident through little-to-no fault of your own. Don’t just trust any law firm with your case. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we’ve been a trusted resource for accident victims for more than 40 years. When you turn to us for help, we’ll do everything we can to get you the money you need. Give us a quick call to talk about your case today.
What’s the Statute of Limitations for Lyft Injury Cases in New York?
When you get hurt because of a negligent Uber or Lyft driver, you may have the right to seek comepnsation. However, you’ll have to act quickly. The statute of limitations for car accident cases is typically three years. You risk leaving valuable money on the table if you don’t file a lawsuit within three years of the date of your collision.
Not sure how much time you have to ask for money after an accident? Let the attorneys at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. help. Call us immediately after your accident and we can get started on your case right away.
Call Our NYC Lyft Accident Attorneys For Help
Since 1977, Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. has been committed to helping injured car accident victims across New York. We’ve represented more than 20,000 clients and recovered more than $1 Billion in verdicts and settlements. If you’ve been injured in a NYC Lyft ridesahre accident, we’re here to help you, too.
Give us a call to schedule a free consultation. We’ll review your case, explain your rights, and answer the questions you might have.