A Lyft accident can be terrifying. You may not know who to call after the crash. You may not know how to be compensated for your injuries either.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Lyft accident in California, contact a California personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
At Saeedian Law Group, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you understand your rights after a Lyft accident.
What Is a Lyft Accident Lawsuit Worth in California?
A Lyft accident settlement depends upon the severity of your injuries and the specific circumstances of the accident. In California, Lyft accident settlement amounts have ranged from approximately $300,000 to one million dollars and beyond.
These settlements represent payments for valid claims and serious injuries. Speaking to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident can help give you an estimated idea of your case’s value, and get you on the road to recovering money for the losses you have endured.
Each person’s individual settlement is different. Yours may be more or less than the average, however, the only way to find out is to speak with an experienced Lyft accident attorney.
Call the Saeedian Law Group for a free case evaluation. We are passionate about helping individuals and families injured in Lyft accidents throughout California. We have a track record of success in obtaining the best possible recovery for our clients.
What Are the Elements of a Successful Lyft Lawsuit?
The elements of a successful Lyft lawsuit are much the same as any personal injury lawsuit.
There are four elements to a successful personal injury lawsuit. Those elements are:
- A party had a duty to you;
- The party breached that duty;
- Your injuries were caused by that breach of duty; and
- You have been damaged as a result.
When you get into a Lyft vehicle, the driver owes you a duty to get you to your destination safely. A driver breaches that duty when they do not get you there in one piece! A successful Lyft accident claim therefore requires your injuries to be directly caused by the Lyft accident.
While no one will make you take a lie detector test, in a Lyft accident claim, you will be asked lots of questions about your injuries. Your lawyer will want to make sure that your claims relate to the accident as closely as possible to strengthen your case.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you evaluate the validity and extent of your claims to help you get the best possible settlement.
Identifying & Recovering Damages
Typically, your damages will be based on the extent and severity of your injuries. Your lawyer might consider whether your injury has caused you to miss work. Missing work may therefore limit your earning capacity. Your lawyer would then put a dollar value on your lost income.
An experienced lawyer might also consider your pain and suffering, as well as current and future medical bills. Understanding what your income and bills could be is essential to calculate your damages.
Contributory Negligence: Could it Play a Role?
In California, a lawyer would also have to consider whether your actions played any role in the accident. This typically comes into play if you were a driver in a car crash with a Lyft driver. This is less relevant if you were injured as a passenger in a Lyft vehicle.
Unless, of course, you did something crazy as a passenger like causing a distraction, covering the driver’s eyes, or grabbing the wheel! In addition to considering your percentage of liability, your lawyer takes into account a variety of other items that could impact your claim for damages.
Economic vs. Non-Economic Damages
Some damages typically recoverable include the following types of economic or money damages:
- Medical bills and expenses including the costs of medications, treatments, doctors visits, hospital stays, surgery, rehabilitative therapy, and ambulance costs;
- Property damage, including damage to your personal belongings (for instance, if you were a passenger) or damage to your vehicle (if you were another driver);
- Loss of earning capacity resulting from the physical mental inability to perform your job and the resultant need to take a lower-paying position; and
- Loss of income resulting from lost work due to the accident.
Non-economic damages after a Lyft accident may include:
- Pain and suffering, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other types of mental and physical suffering;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Loss of companionship;
- Loss of consortium;
- Disfigurement and disability; and
- Other types of injuries and damages as discussed with your lawyer.
Make sure to consider all possible damages. Save bills, receipts, and other items from your Lyft accident so your attorney is able to accurately assess your claim. Providing your attorney with a full set of information can help you get the best Lyft accident settlement possible.
Length of the Average Lyft Accident Lawsuit
An average Lyft accident lawsuit can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months or more. The facts and circumstances of each case are very different and can influence the length of time your case takes to be settled or litigated.
Factors that can influence the timing of a claim include the complexity of the case and the success of negotiations with insurance companies.
Navigating the timing and complexity of Lyft accident claims requires skill and experience. Hiring an experienced Lyft accident lawyer, like our attorneys at the Saeedian Law Group, can help you understand the timeline of your individual claim and help you achieve a good outcome.
How Do I Have My Claim Assessed?
Our firm understands how difficult it can be to get back on your feet after a Lyft accident. We have the experience necessary to assess your claim and help you get all of the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We know this isn’t just a bid to get money.
Getting compensation for your injuries can be essential to helping you move on with your life after a devastating accident. So let us help. With offices throughout California, we help many people recover from devastating car accident losses each year. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.