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Lyft Accident Attorneys in Houston
Lyft has become one of the leading rideshare companies. The convenience and price of a Lyft ride or hard to beat. Lyft has become popular with younger clientele. Unfortunately, your odds of being involved in a car accident in Houston are significant, whether you are with a Lyft driver or not.
A claim involving a Lyft driver is more complicated than a typical automobile accident where the parties exchange insurance information. Insurance coverage involving a Lyft driver will vary depending upon the factual circumstances at the time of the crash. At the minimum, people injured in an accident that involved a Lyft vehicle should consult a Lyft accident attorney for an online or free consultation.
The personal injury lawyers at Baumgartner law firm have been helping people injured in car accidents for over 35 years. Our track record is impeccable for fighting for the maximum compensation for our car accident clients. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation about your rights options and the next steps after being injured in an accident with a Lyft driver. Call (281) 587-1111.
What to do after a Lyft injury accident
If you are injured in an accident that involved a Lyft vehicle, your first priority must be to receive the medical treatment you need. If you are able, obtaining factual information regarding the crash can be very helpful on a personal injury claim. This is some of the information that our legal team always looks for after a car accident with a Lyft driver.
- Obtain the crash report
- Determining which insurance policies may provide coverage
- Obtain medical records and reports
- Obtainment medical billing records by affidavit
- Working on health insurance subrogation payments
- Dealing with a hospital lien on an injury claim
- Negotiating with the appropriate insurance companies
- Litigating as required
How do Lyft car accident claims work?
Lyft provides insurance coverage for its drivers in certain circumstances. A personal injury claim always depends upon who is at fault for the car accident. Generally, the at-fault driver’s insurance provides the primary liability coverage for a personal injury claim. However, a Lyft driver may have individual insurance, and also Lyft provided insurance. Determining which insurance policy may apply can be a complicated matter. Call our car accident lawyers for a no-obligation consultation. (281) 587-1111!
Worse, often insurance companies fight over who must provide liability or UIM coverage when there is more than one policy that may apply. If you have been injured severely in a Lyft accident, you will need to consult an attorney who is experienced in handling Lyft personal injury claims.
Lyft car accident situations
You are a passenger in a Lyft vehicle, and the other car is at fault.
Because you are a passenger determining which insurance policy may apply, and each insurance policy is a critical step when your injuries are severe. The driver’s insurance policy would be the primary source of liability coverage. If the policy limits for the negligent driver are insufficient or you are hit by an uninsured driver, your insurance policy on your car may provide coverage. The Lyft underinsured, uninsured motorist coverage may also be helpful. Talking with an attorney experienced in Lyft coverage issues can help clarify the possibilities.
You are a passenger in Lyft vehicle, and the Lyft driver is at fault.
The Lyft commercial insurance policy should be applicable. Lyft provides primary liability insurance for the time the ride has been accepted until the wind has ended according to the app. The left commercial policy offers 11 million in coverage per accident. This would cover all persons injured in the accident caused by the negligence of the Lyft driver. Your own insurance coverage may also provide benefits to cover some of your damages.
You are hit by a Lyft driver who is at fault.
Like above, if the accident is the Lyft drivers’ fault and the look driver was on the job with a ride in progress, the left commercial insurance policy would probably provide the primary liability coverage for the injured. Frequently, there is a dispute between the Lyft insurance policy adjuster and the Lyft driver’s personal auto insurance policy. This dispute can make a personal injury claim much more complicated and frustrating for the victim.
We work to determine which insurance policies apply and learn the amounts of coverage is available. How best to present your personal injury claim are all matters that our legal team considers when representing you with a Lyft car accident claim.
What damages are available for a Lyft car accident injury?
The Baumgartner Law Firm has handled thousands of serious personal injury claims over the last 35 years. Personal injury damages in car accident lawsuits in Texas include:
- Medical bills
- Damage to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning capacity or lost wages
- Disability and
- Mental anguish.
If the accident involving a Lyft driver is fatal
In Texas, persons entitled to bring a wrongful death case include parents, spouses, and children of the deceased. The damages available to family members all relate to their relationship with the deceased. Hiring a wrongful death attorney should always be done with a fatal accident. If the deceased initially survived, a survival claim can be brought by the estate for the damages that the deceased suffered before passing. These damages would include pain-and-suffering, medical bills, funeral expenses, and other personal injury damages.
On all fatal accidents, an attorney should be consulted.
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Houston Car Accident Claims:From Start To Finish
An Interactive Guide
You hear metal crumpling. Someone just hit your car. Maybe they ran a red light or lost control of their vehicle. Maybe you were rear-ended by a teenage driver on her cellphone.
Either way, you’re angry and frustrated. You have things to do. Places to go. But now, you're standing beside your damaged vehicle waiting for the police to arrive. You start to feel some neck pain.
All that to say: A single, unexpected moment changed everything.
A car accident can strike at any time. Whether you are on your way to work or headed to the store, it doesn’t matter. It’s moments like these that cause the government to require everyone to buy insurance.
A Guide For All Car Accident Victims
In this guide, you will learn:
- How To Handle Yourself When Disaster Strikes
- How To Ensure The At-Fault Insurance Company Covers Any Property Damage And Injury Expenses.
- What Injury Lawyers Do And How They Can Help You.
Get To Safety
Prevent Further Damage & Injury
If you find yourself in the middle of the intersection or on the freeway, you first priority is to move all persons (and vehicles if possible) out of the way of oncoming oncoming traffic.
Survey The Damage
Call The Police + Gather Evidence
After getting to safety, you should immediately dial 911. Make sure to alert the dispatcher if there are any serious injuries.
As you wait for help to arrive, you have 3 goals:
- Identify Extent of Injuries
- Identify Witnesses
- Identify Vehicle Damage
Pro Tip: Use your cell phone to record a statement from the other driver, as well as to store contact information for the other driver and any witnesses.
Should I Take?
Take Photos Of The
Other Driver's License
Damage On Both Vehicles
License Plate Of
Insurance Policy Of Other Driver
Get Medical Help
Your Health Is #1
After emergency help arrives, it is important to seek medical treatment. Even if you don’t feel injured, it is important to get checked out for any internal injuries.
Be sure to go in for any follow-up checkups or procedures.
Pro Tip: If you wait before seeking medical treatment, the at-fault insurance company may argue that your injury wasn’t serious and that you don’t deserve compensation for medical expenses.
- Internal Bleeding
- Broken Ribs
- Punctured Lungs
Whiplash is caused by a sudden forward or backward jerking motion of the head, which can damage the intervertabral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots. Symptoms of whiplash manifest in neck pain, dizziness, sleep disturbances, fatigue, headache, lower back pain and sometimes numbness in the arm or hand.
Internal bleeding is caused by blunt trauma, and varies depending on the forces involved and the individual. It cannot be seen outside of the body, and it may occur within organs, tissues and body cavities including the abdomend, chest, spinal canal and head.
It takes aproximately 4,000 Newtons (measurement of force) to break or crack a rib. The symptoms of a broken rib include pain while breathing, applying pressure to the area, and when you bend or twist your body. Ribs are often broken by the force of the seabelt during deceleration of the vehicle during a crash.
Puncturing a lung can be a serious injury. In a punctured lung, air gathers between the lungs and the chest cavity. The pressure build up makes it impossible for the lung to expand. Symptoms include coughing blood, chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness and headaches.
Hire An Injury Lawyer
Save Time. Get Compensated.
Hiring an injury lawyer after a serious accident is one of the best things you can do. Injury lawyers take care of all communication and negotiation with insurance companies. This frees up your time to focus on recovering.
At our law firm, we offer free initial consultations to all Houston residents. Just fill out our contact form — or give us a call to schedule a convenient time for you. We’ll listen to your story and offer our advice.
Pro Tip: Never accept a settlement without consulting a lawyer, especially if injury is involved. Once you accept a settlement, you can never recover anything further in the future.
Time Is Of The Essence
In most cases, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This is called the Statute of Limitations.
Certain exceptions can extend and/or shorten a limitations period.
If the victim is a minor, the limitations may be extended until they are 18 years old.
If you are in an accident caused by a governmental entity in Texas, the statute of limitations may be much shorter — ranging from a few months to six months.
File Your Claim
Notify Your Insurance Company
It is important to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.
Many insurance companies allow you to file your claim online. Otherwise, call the number listed on your insurance card.
Be sure to keep track of all adjuster names and contact information.
Pro Tip: There may be multiple active insurance policies that can cover you. For example, if the other driver didn’t have insurance, your own Uninsured Motorist coverage could kick in. An experienced attorney can help identify these policies & maximize your recovery.
Find Your Insurance Company
Find Your Insurance Company Contact Info
American Family Auto Insurance
Claim Reporting Number: 1-800-692-6326
Online Claim Portal: Go to site
Learn Fault Factors
How Fault Is Determined
Were you speeding? Nearly one-third of all car accidents can be attributed to speeding.
Was anything obstructing your view? Over half of all states have windshield obstructions laws.
What were the weather conditions? Slippery roads can reduce traction and cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Who had the right of way? The law gives the right of way to no one, but it does state who must yield (give up) the right of way.
What were the Traffic Conditions? Crashes of all types are at their highest Monday through Friday between the hours of 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Were you distracted? (Radio, Phone) Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving.
Were you wearing a seatbelt? Seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.
Was a citation given out? In most instances, any driver violating traffic law will be held largely responsible for a resulting car accident.
Pro Tip: Do not give any recorded statements until you have the opportunity to consult with legal counsel.
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How to find the best attorney for a Lyft injury auto accident
Lyft car accident cases are more complex than an average automobile injury accident. Because of the insurance issues, and the difference between commercial policy and the minimum policies for liability in Texas, the available insurance coverage can be a significant issue.
To find the best lawyer for someone injured in an accident with a Lyft driver, look for an attorney skilled in insurance coverage issues, and only handles personal injury clients. It’s helpful to do some homework on the attorneys you are considering before actually retaining one. Online reviews can be a source of information if they are actually done by former clients. If you see a law firm with hundreds of online reviews, question whether the reviews are all previous clients and, if so, if you really want to be represented by such a high-volume law firm. The higher the number of cases a law firm handles, the more likely it is that you will be a number and not a person to them.
Also, it makes an enormous difference in who actually is doing the work on your claim. Will it be a skilled and experienced attorney, or will it be an inexperienced associate learning on the job? One common scenario is that the partner signs up and “monitors” the file when, in reality, an associate handle the case from start to finish with little to no involvement by the partner.
Unfortunately, who does the work on your case does matter? Is your case going to be worked by an associate or paralegal, or would it be an attorney who you know by the first name?
Next, you may consider reviewing the peer review ratings of the attorney and determine who might best fit your injury case. Be mindful that many awards are in effect a financial relationship with the awarding company.
Finally, make sure you are comfortable with the attorney you are considering and that you feel good after meeting with them in person. Changing attorneys can always be done, but it is very complex and can actually cost you more. It is much better to do your homework before you hire an attorney rather than realizing that you have the wrong one after they have worked on the case.