Chatsworth Lyft Accident Lawyer
The popularity of rideshare services like Lyft today means more of these vehicles are present on Chatsworth’s busy streets and highways. The extra volume of cars on the road and Lyft driver’s likely unfamiliarity of the streets in the area only raise the risk of accident. We understand the time after a Lyft accident is confusing. However, you need to act immediately to protect yourself and learn how the process works and the relief potentially available to you. The experienced Chatsworth Lyft accident attorneys at Walch Law have over 45 years of experience fighting for victims like you and getting them the compensation and closure they deserve. Contact us today for your initial, no cost consultation and learn why Robert and Gary are the team you want in your corner.Am I at Risk for Lyft Accident Injuries in Chatsworth?
In Chatsworth, a busy city northwest of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, Lyft has become a transportation fixture in the community. An alternative to the high cost of vehicle ownership, a solution for situations where alcohol may be involved, and a way to manage without efficient, extensive public transportation in the area, Lyft is being used by Chatsworth residents to:
- Commute to work
- Travel to LAX and other airports without the need to pay long-term parking costs
- Go to restaurants and bars
- Run errands
- Cope with an inability to drive due to medical conditions or any reason
These trips contribute to the over 18.6 million active Lyft users reported recently, but they also contribute to accidents and injuries on busy city streets and nearby congested freeways such as the 118 and 405.Common Types of Lyft Accident Injuries
Because of the uniqueness of the service Lyft provides its riders and the unique circumstances Lyft drivers face, there are more opportunities for a Lyft accident to occur and injure someone than when compared to regular, non-commercial use of a motor vehicle. Each may result in injury and lawsuits seeking compensation for victims. It’s common for Lyft accidents and injuries to occur when:
- A non-Lyft driver negligently crashes into and a Lyft driver, causing injury to the driver or their passenger
- A Lyft driver engages in distracted driving, breaks traffic laws, or demonstrates other negligent behavior behind the wheel
- A Lyft driver strikes a pedestrian or bicyclist
- A bicyclist is struck by a Lyft driver or passenger opening their door without looking when exiting the vehicle
- A Lyft passenger is injured while in the driver’s vehicle
No matter what happened, if you were injured during an accident involving a Lyft vehicle, speak to an experienced Chatsworth Lyft accident lawyer to learn if you may be entitled to compensation from a driver, Lyft, both, or another party.Who’s Going to Pay?
If a Lyft driver is not on duty and has not logged into the rideshare app, they are not responsible if the driver is involved in an accident – their personal auto insurance policy will apply. After a driver logs into “driver mode” on the Lyft app on their phone until they accept a “match notification” ride request, Lyft provides $200,000 in Excess Liability coverage. Once a driver has accepted a request for a Lyft ride, the company offers both $1 million in liability insurance coverage and $1 million in coverage for uninsured/underinsured drivers until the passenger has been dropped at their final destination.What Compensation Can I Recover?
In order to recover compensation for your Lyft accident injuries, most victims commonly argue that someone’s negligence was the cause. Though no amount of money can erase the accident, undo the trauma, or take away your potentially catastrophic injuries, courts may award victims of negligence compensation for injuries such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability, scarring, or disfigurement
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
It’s very important you keep any documents or records that reflect the damages you incurred because you must prove you sustained the injuries you claimed to a court to potentially receive compensation. Important documents and evidence may include:
- Paystubs reflecting income earned before your injury
- Repair bills for your damaged car
- Medical bills
- Receipts from purchasing prescription medication or other items needed for treatment
- Physical therapy bills
After a Lyft accident, you may think mounting medical bills or an inability to work due to injury mean you’re unable to afford an attorney to protect for your rights and fight for your recovery. However, Robert and Gary take all their cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you can rest easy because you don’t pay until we win your case and you get compensated for your injuries. We will work hard to recover the maximum possible compensation on your behalf so you can start recovering from your physical and emotional injuries and getting your life back on track; call us today to get our team of Chatsworth Lyft accident attorneys in your corner and get started.