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Representing Victims of San Antonio Lyft Accidents

With the advent of ridesharing companies like Lyft in recent years, many traditional taxi cab companies are getting a run for their money. Lyft vehicles are especially prevalent in Downtown San Antonio, where locals and visitors alike rely upon them to get to bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues, and tourist destinations.

Lyft vehicles are also common on interstate highways in the area, including I-10, I-35, I-37, and I-410. However, with the prevalence of more Lyft vehicles on the road comes the possibility of serious accidents and injuries.

When it comes to settling and litigating personal injury legal matters that arise from Lyft accidents, you need a knowledgeable legal team on your side advocating for you every step of the way. The skilled Lyft accident attorneys in San Antonio at Wyatt Law Firm have an excellent track record of successfully settling and litigating these cases.

Our legal team can help you recover the compensation that you need for the injuries you suffered in your Lyft accident. Please call us today to find out more about how we can help.

Possible San Antonio Lyft Accident Injuries

Victims of San Antonio Lyft accidents can suffer similar injuries to those in other passenger accidents. Whether a Lyft driver causes the collision or some other motor vehicle driver, the passenger’s body can move forward and backward, or from side to side, inside the vehicle, suffering serious injuries as a result. Moreover, if the accident victim’s body strikes the front or back headrest, door frame, or window, the injuries can be even more severe.

Common injuries that Lyft accident victims sustain include head and brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, broken bones, muscular sprains and strains, back injuries, shoulder injuries, and internal injuries.

If you have suffered one or more of these injuries in an accident that involved a Lyft vehicle, your first step should be to seek the medical treatment that you need. It is also important that you seek this treatment as soon as possible after your accident. Otherwise, the insurance company might become skeptical of your injuries and wonder about the severity of your injuries. When you seek initial medical treatment at a hospital emergency room, the doctor or nurse on duty can ascertain your condition, render emergency treatment if necessary, and take the necessary imaging studies, like MRIs, CAT scans, and x-rays. Furthermore, the treating healthcare provider can refer you to a specialist or recommend follow-up medical treatment for later on. You should be sure to follow through with this treatment, and once you have completed it, a knowledgeable San Antonio Lyft accident attorney at Wyatt Law Firm can file a claim with the insurance company on your behalf.

Lyft Corporate’s Insurance Policy Limits

the national trial lawyers top 100Victims of San Antonio Lyft accidents often face significant medical bills and other out-of-pocket costs. Because the State of Texas is a tort-based (or fault-based) state when it comes to motor vehicle collisions, accident victims can look to one or more insurance companies for monetary compensation.

Since the concept of ridesharing companies is a relatively new one, it can be difficult to tell exactly which insurance company is responsible for providing coverage following an accident. After all, there is not a significant amount of case law on the books regarding insurance coverage in Lyft accident claims.

When a motor vehicle collision involves a Lyft vehicle, there are certain times when Lyft’s corporate coverage might come into play and certain times when the driver’s own personal motor vehicle insurance coverage might apply (such as when a Lyft driver has his/her app off, and a motor vehicle collision happens).

If the Lyft driver has turned the app on, is waiting to pick up a fare, and a motor vehicle collision occurs, then the corporate policy that Lyft provides will step in. Those coverage limits are $50,000 in bodily injury coverage for each individual who suffers injuries in the accident, $100,000 for bodily injury coverage in the aggregate, and $25,000 for property damage coverage.

In cases where the Lyft driver already picked up his or her fare, $1 million of Lyft bodily injury coverage applies until the trip concludes. In addition, Lyft corporate will provide underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage for drivers.

This coverage might come into play if a motorist other than a Lyft driver causes the collision but that at-fault driver is either completely uninsured or does not have sufficient insurance coverage to compensate the accident victim for his/her injuries (when the at-fault driver is underinsured). Uninsured motorist coverage that Lyft provides might also apply in the event of a phantom vehicle accident or a hit and run.

The knowledgeable Lyft accident attorneys at Wyatt Law Firm can determine whether or not Lyft corporate coverage comes into play in your case or whether you might be eligible to file a claim against another driver’s insurance company. Your lawyer can then file a claim on your behalf and begin negotiating with the appropriate insurance company to pursue favorable settlement compensation for you.

San Antonio Lyft Accident Claims and Lawsuits

The National Top100 Trial LawyersRegardless of which insurance company you are dealing with following your Lyft accident, you can rest assured that they are not going to do you any favors. In fact, insurance companies lose money when they have to pay out large personal injury claims and judgments. The insurance company is going to do everything that it possibly can to save itself money in your case. Therefore, if your case does not resolve after several rounds of negotiations, your attorney might need to file a lawsuit in the court system on your behalf.

Before filing a lawsuit, your attorney can file a claim with the appropriate insurance company.

Important pieces of evidence in a personal injury claim arising from a San Antonio Lyft accident include:

  • Copies of the accident victim’s medical bills and records
  • A police report that should describe how the accident happened, who was at fault, and whether the responding police officer issued a citation to the responsible driver
  • Photographs of the collision scene, property damage, and/or injuries
  • Lost wage documents
  • Victim impact statement
  • Eyewitness statements

During the litigation stage of the case, the parties will engage in discovery, during which time they will exchange various documents, answer written questions about the accident (called interrogatories), and take depositions to learn more about each side’s version of the case.

Once discovery is complete, the parties might resolve the case, as the insurance company will have more information to work with. However, if the case does not settle, it can go to a jury trial where the jury will decide the outcome of all disputed issues in the case including that of damages.

The parties might take their case through the process of mediation or arbitration. These proceedings are called alternative dispute resolution since they are both alternatives to a civil jury trial. At mediation, a neutral mediator will work to help the parties resolve their case through settlement. At arbitration, an arbitrator will listen to the evidence that the parties present and decide the issue of damages.

The skilled legal team at Wyatt Law Firm can represent you at all court hearings, trials, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings and will advocate for your legal interest there. Our goal is to help you maximize the compensation that you recover for your Lyft accident injuries.

The Deadline to File a Claim or Lawsuit Arising From a Lyft Accident in San Antonio

Victims of Lyft accidents who suffer injuries because of a Lyft driver or some other driver’s negligence should file a claim as soon as possible. Car accident victims, in general, do not have unlimited time to file a claim or lawsuit after their accident. This is so that evidence remains fresh and potential witnesses remain available to testify if the case goes to trial. In fact, Texas has one of the shortest statutes of limitations in the country when it comes to car accidents.

Victims of motor vehicle collisions that happen in Texas only have two years from the accident date in which to file a claim or lawsuit for damages. If an accident victim files their lawsuit even one day late, then they cannot recover monetary compensation and damages for personal injuries stemming from the accident. Given this extremely short time frame, victims of San Antonio Lyft accidents should retain legal counsel to represent them as soon as possible.

If the statute of limitations is running short in your case, the skilled legal team at Wyatt Law Firm can go ahead and file a lawsuit to prevent the statute of limitations from running. Once your lawyer files the lawsuit, he/she can still negotiate a favorable settlement offer on your behalf. If the insurance company refuses to settle the case favorably, you can litigate the case in the court system and pursue compensation at a jury trial or arbitration proceeding.

Potential Damages That Victims of San Antonio Lyft Accidents Can Recover

If you suffered injuries in a motor vehicle collision that a Lyft driver (or some other driver) caused, then you might be eligible to recover various types of damages. Not all car accident cases are the same, and some accident victims can recover more monetary compensation than others. When it comes to evaluating a personal injury car accident claim, including those that involve Lyft vehicles, insurance companies will look at the seriousness of a person’s injuries.

They will also look at the cost and extent of the medical treatment the accident victim received. Finally, they will look at whether or not the accident victim likely suffered a permanent injury or disability in the accident. For permanency to even be a consideration, a healthcare provider must have stated, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that the accident victim’s injury or injuries were permanent.

First of all, victims of Lyft accidents and other motor vehicle collisions can claim all related medical expenses. In addition, if they missed time from work to recover from their injuries and seek treatment, they can assert a claim for lost wages and the other out-of-pocket costs that they incurred. Accident victims can also make various claims for noneconomic damages. These damages are for intangible losses that they sustain in an accident.

For example, they can claim loss of earning capacity if they suffered a permanent injury that does not allow them to return to the same high-paying employment. In addition, victims of Lyft accidents can pursue compensation for pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental distress, loss of the ability to use a body part, and loss of life enjoyment.

If you suffered injuries in a Lyft accident that occurred in the San Antonio area, the knowledgeable legal team at Wyatt Law Firm will let you know the types of monetary compensation that you might be eligible to recover in your Lyft accident claim or lawsuit. Your lawyer can then work to negotiate a favorable settlement offer on your behalf, or the alternative, litigate your case to a conclusion in court.

Speak With a Knowledgeable San Antonio Lyft Accident Attorney about Your Legal Options Today

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San Antonio Lyft Accident Lawyer, Paula A. Wyatt

The skilled legal team at Wyatt Law Firm is ready to file your Lyft accident claim with the appropriate insurance company. If the insurance company refuses to compensate you fairly for your injuries and other losses, we can file a lawsuit in the Texas court system on your behalf and litigate your case to a conclusion there.

For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable San Antonio Lyft accident lawyer, please give us a call today at (210) 340-5550 or contact us online for more information.

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