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Brooklyn Lyft Accident LawyerHave you been hurt in a Lyft accident in Brooklyn, NY? You may have the right to secure substantial compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages. The experienced Brooklyn Lyft accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to maximize your recovery.

Lyft accident cases can often involve multiple insurance providers. Attorney Jay Knispel spent years defending insurance companies against the same types of claims he advocates for today. He knows how to stand up to these powerful entities and get the best results for his clients.

Our law firm provides a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to call us at (718) 802-1600 or reach out to us online. We’re here to answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days per week. 

How Our Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help After a Lyft Accident

How Our Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help After a Lyft AccidentPersonal injury cases involving ridesharing services tend to be more complicated than standard car accident cases. The best way to protect yourself and increase the odds of a meaningful recovery is by hiring an experienced Brooklyn personal injury lawyer to represent you.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, you’ll benefit from an attorney with more than 25 years of litigation experience under his belt. A Brooklyn native and fierce advocate for injury victims and families, he’s successfully won tens of millions of dollars in life-changing verdicts and settlements. 

When you hire our law firm after your Lyft accident, you can expect us to:

  • Identify all of the legal options available to you
  • Investigate the circumstances surrounding your Lyft accident
  • Gather evidence to support your claim for damages
  • Work closely with leading experts, including accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, and vocational specialists
  • Handle all negotiations with other parties and their insurance companies
  • Have our top-rated trial attorney bring your case to a jury in Brooklyn, if necessary

Focus on getting better and recovering from your Lyft accident injuries. Let our award-winning lawyer handle your fight for compensation. Contact our law office in Brooklyn, New York to arrange your free initial case evaluation now.

What is My Lyft Injury Case Worth?

One of the first questions many people have when considering an insurance claim or lawsuit is “what is my case worth?” In truth, every case is different because every crash is unique, and no two victims are the same. 

However, certain factors will affect how much your personal injury case is worth:

  • The types of injuries you sustain and how severe they are
  • Your out-of-pocket costs
  • How your injuries will affect your ability to work and earn an income
  • The emotional trauma you’ve experienced because of your rideshare accident
  • Whether the Lyft driver was “on duty” at the time of the accident

The answers to these questions are important. The more serious an injury, the more a case tends to be worth. At the same time, what the Lyft driver was doing at the time of the accident is also extremely relevant. If they were actively waiting for a ride request or had accepted a ride request (whether or not a passenger was on board), then you may qualify for benefits from Lyft’s insurance policy.

Who’s Responsible For Paying Damages After My Brooklyn Lyft Accident?

Anyone who contributed to your Lyft accident can be on the hook for damages. However, insurance will be the primary source of compensation.

Remember that New York has no-fault insurance rules. If you were in another vehicle, you’ll have to first turn to your own insurance company for help. If you’ve suffered a “serious injury” and your costs exceed what your provider will pay, then you can turn your attention to a third-party claim or lawsuit.

Here’s who might be liable for your Lyft accident damages if that’s the case:

The Lyft Driver

If the Lyft driver is at fault and wasn’t using the Lyft app at the time of the crash, they might be personally liable for the costs of your injuries. 

The Lyft Driver’s Insurance Company

If the Lyft driver had insurance and was at fault, you may have a legitimate third-party claim for damages against their policy.

Lyft’s Insurance Company

Lyft has insurance coverage that applies when a driver (a) is waiting for a ride request or (b) has accepted a ride request. 

If the app is on and the driver is waiting for a request, the following insurance applies:

  • Bodily Injury: $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident
  • Property Damage: $25,000 per accident

If the app is on and the driver has accepted a passenger’s ride request, the following coverage applies:

  • $1,000,000 in bodily injury and property damage per accident for third parties
  • Collision up to the actual cash value of the car (subject to a $2,500 deductible)
  • Contingent comprehensive
  • Uninsured motorist coverage for bodily injury

The rideshare company’s policy is secondary in either situation, meaning that other insurance options must be exhausted first. 

Other Third Parties (and Their Insurance Providers)

Other third parties may also be responsible for the costs of your Lyft accident, including:

  • Other drivers on the road
  • Vehicle passengers
  • Truck drivers
  • Bus drivers
  • Bus companies
  • Bicyclists
  • Pedestrians
  • Government agencies
  • Employers of negligent parties
  • Companies that manufactured defective vehicles or equipment

Everyone will be liable to the degree they contributed (directly or indirectly) to your accident.

You might wonder if you can sue Lyft after your crash. Since Lyft drivers are independent contractors in New York, the answer is typically “no.” However, their insurance coverage can still be up for grabs.

What Compensation is Available to Lyft Accident Victims in Brooklyn?

The following damages may be available after your car accident involving a Lyft vehicle.

Economic damages are paid to make up for your present and future financial expenses and costs, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages and income
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapy
  • Disability

Non-economic damages are awarded to cover the consequences of your accident that are tough to value in terms of dollars and cents.

Known as “pain and suffering” damages, these typically compensate for:

  • Chronic pain
  • Mental anguish
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Disfigurement

In rare cases, punitive awards may also be available. However, there must be clear and convincing evidence that a defendant acted intentionally or with wanton negligence.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lyft Accident Lawsuit in New York?

The statute of limitations for most personal injury cases in New York is three years. The timeframe reduces to just two years if a Lyft accident is fatal. 

While there can be exceptions to this rule, it’s important to take action quickly. You will lose the right to recover compensation in a third-party action if you miss the deadline that applies to your case. 

What Happens If I’m Blamed For My Lyft Accident?

You can still recover compensation if you were partially to blame for the accident. New York has pure comparative fault rules. Everyone who shares responsibility for an accident, including victims, shares liability, too. 

Sharing blame means that your damages will be reduced in direct proportion to your own negligence. If you’re assigned 30% of the fault, your financial award will be reduced by 30%.

Insurance companies will almost certainly try to push as much of the blame to you as they can. If they’re successful, they’ll limit how much they have to pay. It’s important to stand up to these tactics so that you don’t watch well-deserved compensation disappear.

Our experienced personal injury attorney in Brooklyn can help protect you. We’ll be ready to anticipate these tactics and fight to disprove claims that you’re at fault. The less fault assigned to you, the more money you can potentially receive.

What Should I Do After a Lyft Accident in Brooklyn?

The steps you take after a Lyft accident are important.

Here’s what you should keep in mind:

  • Move to a safe location but remain near the scene of the crash
  • Call the police to report the accident
  • Report the accident to Lyft
  • Get the Lyft driver’s name and information
  • Document the accident by taking pictures and recording some video of the scene
  • Seek medical care as soon as you can
  • Refuse early settlement offers, especially if you haven’t had them reviewed by an attorney

Finally, hire a Brooklyn car accident lawyer with experience handling Uber and Lyft accident cases like yours.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Trusted Brooklyn Lyft Accident Lawyer

You might be entitled to significant compensation if you or a family member were involved in a Lyft accident in Brooklyn, New York. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help fight to maximize your financial recovery.

Contact our Brooklyn Lyft accident attorney for immediate assistance with your case. Our team is standing by to take your call, so reach out to arrange your free consultation now.

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