As the popularity of rideshare companies like Lyft grows, so does the possibility of rideshare accidents. Already, passengers and other drivers have been injured in collisions with Lyft vehicles in New York and other states. If you or someone you love was involved in a rideshare accident, we can help you seek compensation. At Morelli Law Firm, we investigate your case, assign an appropriate financial value, and guide you through the negotiation process.
The rideshare driver’s status on the app will play an important part in determining where you seek compensation. Dealing with this can get complex, but you do not have to take on the rideshare company or their insurer on your own. Our Yonkers Lyft accident lawyer will help you understand Lyft’s insurance coverage options and your right to compensation.
You Are Entitled to Seek Financial Recovery After an Accident
Proving Lyft or their driver is responsible for compensating you after an accident means proving their actions meet the legal definition of liability. We work hard to prove the at-fault driver’s negligence and liability by showing how they:
- Owed you reasonable care
- Breached their duty to provide it
- Caused your physical injuries
- Caused your resulting financial damages
The evidence we collect will help us prove the validity of your case. Our team collects medical records, car accident reports, witness statements, accident scene and injury photos, and videos to show how the collision occurred and who is responsible. In addition, this evidence can establish the value of your case and your right to recovery.
The Timing of Your Compensation Request Is Important
Seeking compensation against a rideshare company can be a long process when you fight on your own. When our personal injury team represents you, we work hard to keep your case moving forward and comply with the state’s filing deadline. In New York:
- You generally have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to CPLR § 214
- You generally have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, according to EPTL § 5-4.1
If your potential lawsuit is not filed on time, Lyft’s insurance company or the at-fault driver’s insurance company can ask to have your case dismissed. Their request will be granted, and you could be left with no financial recovery options. When we handle your Lyft accident case, we make sure to file your lawsuit on time.
We Work Hard for Every Client We Represent in Yonkers
Going up against a rideshare company can be a trying experience on your own. When our personal injury team fights for injured clients, they leave us reviews like these:
- Dillon John: Attorney David Sirotkin was amazing. He always kept me informed and was available to me whenever I needed to speak with him. I would recommend Morelli Law Firm to anyone who needs a top-flight law firm.
- Brian Busche: Morelli Law Firm was the best to deal with and David…was caring of how I was feeling…David was always on top of the situation through the whole process and made sure I received what I was due from my injuries.
You can read more reviews from clients we helped in the past and explore our history of financial recovery on our case results page.
Seeking Compensation from the Right Insurance Company
After an accident with a rideshare vehicle, you are entitled to request compensation for certain economic damages. These are damages that have a direct and documented cost, including:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Future lost earnings
- Property damage
- Diminished property value
You could also request non-economic damages, which are more challenging to assess on your own because they are based on a variety of factors related to your injuries and recovery. These intangible damages can include:
- Physical disfigurement
- Lasting scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
Our Lyft accident lawyer will help you fight for the compensation you deserve after an accident in Yonkers. Our team at Morelli Law Firm team will assess your economic, non-economic, and wrongful death damages, if applicable, and represent you throughout the negotiation process.
When to Pursue the Lyft Driver’s Private Insurer
Lyft drivers are required to carry the state’s minimum insurance. Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the driver’s status on the app, you may have to pursue compensation from their private insurance company. According to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMW) regulations, minimum insurance means your driver has:
- $10,000 in property damage coverage per accident
- $25,000 in bodily injury coverage per person
- $50,000 in bodily injury per accident
If the Lyft driver who caused your accident was off-duty and off-app at the time of the collision, we help you pursue appropriate compensation from their private insurer up to their policy’s limits.
When to Pursue Lyft’s Insurance Carrier
The rideshare driver’s insurance coverage while driving with Lyft depends on their status at the time of the accident. Lyft’s insurance policy is limited and only covers a driver who is:
- Signed into the app and waiting for a ride request
- Signed into the app and waiting for or transporting a rider
For example, Lyft drivers waiting for a ride request have coverage from Lyft for up to $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for physical injuries. They are also covered for up to $25,000 in property damage per accident. Meanwhile, Lyft drivers have up to $1,000,000 in third-party liability protection when responding to a ride request or transporting a passenger in their car.
Of course, other conditions and circumstances can alter the coverage you receive, so our team works hard to ensure the driver’s status is accurately categorized, your damages are accurately calculated, and your case is complete when filed.
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Our Lyft accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation if you or someone you love was injured in an accident with the rideshare company’s driver. Whether you were a passenger in the rideshare vehicle or the driver of another involved vehicle in Yonkers, we can help.
Contact Morelli Law Firm to speak with one of our team members for free by calling (212) 751-9800 today.