posted in Car Accidents on April 25, 2022
Lyft is a ridesharing company which allows consumers to get rides on demand. Like any automobile on Nevada roadways, sometimes there are accidents involving a Lyft. Whether the person who was injured is a Lyft driver, passenger, or a driver or passenger in another vehicle, understanding Lyft’s liability is important.
When anyone suffers an injury in a Lyft accident, they may contact an attorney who has experience with rideshare accidents. These accidents can be very complicated due to numerous factors including driver status.
Before an accident victim can sue Lyft, they must be able to point to how they are liable for the injuries sustained. There are times when Lyft insurance policies do not provide coverage to drivers. The status of the drivers are as follows:
These can be very complicated cases since they may require requests to Lyft showing that the driver was either active, or that they were driving at the time of the accident. In nearly all cases, a rideshare lawyer can help victims obtain this information.
As with any insurance company, Lyft insurers are going to do everything possible to minimize a victim’s claim. Some of the issues which injured parties may face include:
When Lyft accepts liability for an accident, there may be negotiations back and forth before a settlement can be reached. Typically, these negotiations involve the attorneys representing Lyft and the victim. At all times, an attorney for a victim will advise their client of the terms of the offer and help them understand the pros and cons of the offer.
Victims should always keep in mind that once a settlement is agreed to, the insurance company has no further liability, even if the victims’ losses increase after the settlement.
Once it has been established that Lyft is responsible to an accident victim for the losses they suffered the following types of compensation may be included in a claim:
Whether a rideshare accident victim lives in Las Vegas or was visiting Las Vegas and involved in a rideshare accident, the personal injury laws in Nevada will apply to their case. A Nevada rideshare injury attorney can help make sure that victims understand what rights they have.
In some cases, a Lyft accident victim feels they can simply file a claim with the company and a settlement check will be forthcoming. This is seldom the case. No insurance company likes to pay claims because it has a negative impact on their bottom line. Victims often do not know what rights are extended to them as victims of an accident which were not their fault. This is why many people turn to experienced rideshare attorneys.
While a victim is recovering from injuries suffered in a Lyft accident, an attorney can deal with many of the formalities necessary to file a suit against Lyft. Some of the issues a lawyer can take care of include:
Since Nevada’s personal injury statute of limitations allows only two years for a lawsuit to be filed, an attorney will be fully prepared in the event negotiations fail. This is typically a better option than waiting until it becomes evident the insurer is not negotiating in good faith.
Whether a victim was a driver or passenger of a Lyft vehicle, or the Lyft driver was at fault for an accident, getting a free consultation from a Nevada car accident lawyer may help victims get the compensation they deserve following a Lyft accident.
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