Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been taking the transportation industry by storm. These companies are especially popular in South Florida around Miami International Airport, touristy areas like South Beach, and trendy downtown neighborhoods like Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard. Given the high popularity of Lyft, accidents involving these vehicles are becoming more and more common.
If you have been involved in a Lyft accident where you sustained injuries, you should take several steps in order to safeguard your legal rights. Big corporations like Lyft have powerful insurance companies and lawyers on their side who are advocating for them at all times.
Contrary to what you might believe, the insurance company is not inclined to protect your legal interests or to help you in any way. Rather, the insurance company’s primary goal is to save as much money as possible. The insurance company, therefore, has a big incentive to try and settle your case cheaply—or even to deny liability in your case altogether.
If you have sustained injuries in a Lyft accident, you should call the experienced attorneys at Uber Car Accident Law as soon as possible. Our attorneys are well aware of the tricks and tactics that insurance companies use to try and limit compensation in Lyft accident cases. Our lawyers can discuss your accident case with you and determine the best method for obtaining compensation on your behalf.
Seek Follow-up Medical Care for Your Injuries
If you sustained injuries in a Lyft accident—no matter how slight or seemingly insignificant—emergency medical care and treatment should be your top priority following an accident. Even if you do not believe that the injuries you sustained were all that serious, it is still a good idea to follow-up at an emergency room or urgent care center. In addition, it is a good idea to follow-up with your primary care doctor, if you have one.
Follow-up medical care is extremely important. Some injuries are not evident immediately, and symptoms may not surface until a few days after the accident. Moreover, seeking emergency medical care ensures that your injuries and symptoms are well-documented if Lyft’s insurance company tries to dispute them later on.
Call Emergency Services Immediately
If you are involved in a Lyft accident, you should immediately call emergency services to respond to the scene. You should take this action even if you do not feel that you were injured in the accident. When a police officer responds, you should see to it that he or she writes out a full police report. When it comes to Lyft accidents, police reports are extremely important because they can be used to establish fault—or liability—for the accident.
While at the accident scene, if you are able, you should gather certain information from all of the drivers (including your driver) who were involved in the accident. This information includes:
- Driver’s license, telephone contact, and insurance information
- Eyewitness statements and other contact information
Do Not Speak to Insurance Adjusters
If you are involved in an accident involving a Lyft vehicle, an insurance company’s adjuster may call and ask to speak with you. Moreover, the insurance adjuster may want to know your version of the accident and ask you to provide a recorded statement. Recorded statements are given under oath and usually include questions that pertain to how an accident happened, as well as the injuries and damages sustained in the accident.
You should not provide a recorded statement to an at-fault party’s insurance company under any circumstances. This is because anything that you say during the statement can ultimately be twisted around and used against you. Even an off-hand remark about how an accident occurred could result in the insurance company denying liability in your case. This would effectively mean that your case is over. If an insurance adjuster contacts you following a Lyft accident, you should tell the adjuster that you have retained an attorney to represent you—and that your attorney will reach out to the adjuster.
Again, keep in mind that the insurance company is not out to do you any favors. Rather, it will look for any excuse to downplay—or outright deny—your right to monetary compensation in a Lyft accident case.
Call a Personal Injury Attorney
After you have taken these steps, you should call a personal injury lawyer. Ideally, you should reach out to a personal injury lawyer who has handled Lyft accident cases before. Lyft accident cases are not always comparable to other car accident cases. In many instances, the law effectively protects Lyft from liability exposure. However, you may still be able to file a personal injury claim for damages arising out of the accident.
Depending on the circumstances, a personal injury lawyer may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the necessary and proper parties in your case.
Call a South Florida Lyft Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Legal Consultation and Case Evaluation
It is important to keep in mind that the steps outlined here are what you should follow under ideal circumstances. In some accident cases, you may not be able to follow all of these steps—or you may not be able to follow them in the exact order outlined above. In other cases, the injuries you sustained in the accident may have kept you incapacitated for a long period of time. Even if you do not follow all of the steps outlined here, you may still be eligible to recover monetary compensation in your Lyft accident case.
If you have sustained injuries in an accident involving a Lyft vehicle, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The South Florida attorneys at Uber Car Accident Law can review your case and determine whether or not you are eligible to file a claim or lawsuit.