John Tucker, Director of Claims Management at Kaplan Lawyers PC, shares his expert opinion on the legal options Lyft accident victims have.
NEW YORK, NY, June 20, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Suing for injuries sustained in vehicles registered under ridesharing platforms like Lyft is not always straightforward, making the public relatively unaware of their legal options in such incidents. The question of whether Lyft or the driver is liable for damages is best answered by a New York car accident lawyer.
Are Lyft Passengers Insured?
Lyft insures its drivers, passengers and third parties. However, some clauses invalidate the policy should an accident occur.
For Lyft to be liable for any damages, the driver must be logged into the Lyft app, en route to the booked destination and at fault for the accident. If the driver was not logged in on the app or was heading toward a destination different from what you booked, the driver, not the company, is liable for the damages incurred.
John Tucker, Director of Claims Management at Kaplan Lawyers, says if the accident was the fault of another driver, and your Lyft driver satisfies the previously mentioned conditions, you have a claim against the other driver’s insurance company.
Steps to Take After a Lyft Accident
Having experienced how big corporations like Lyft go about settling claims, Mr. Tucker has a word of advice. He says, “The team at Lyft has incredibly high liability coverage and skilled lawyers who will encourage you to accept an out-of-court settlement — which could dramatically reduce your award.”
He adds, “Have your car accident injury lawyer be the mediator. The attorney has your best interest coupled with a superior understanding of the negotiation process, which ensures your claims are rightly met.”
If involved in a Lyft car accident, you should:
• Seek comprehensive medical attention and care.
• Report the accident to the police; state only what details you are sure of.
• Gather contact info, plate number and other evidence from the crime scene.
• Contact a New York Lyft car accident lawyer and explain the situation.
• Keep all records of your bills, including screenshots of your ride booking.
About Kaplan Lawyers
Kaplan Lawyers is a personal injury, car accident and workers’ compensation law firm dedicated to helping clients resolve their cases on time and get the compensation and medical help they deserve. They have offices in New York, Nassau County, Brooklyn, Queens and Suffolk County. They draw from their 30-year experience to get their clients the results they need.
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