If you have been injured in a Lyft accident, you would file an insurance claim; you cannot sue Lyft directly for your injuries. There is an entire process that you need to follow before you can receive a settlement check. There are no guarantees of success. The best thing you can do to put yourself in a stronger position is to hire an experienced lawyer.
Get Insurance Information and Report the Accident
At the accident scene, you must obtain insurance information from all drivers involved. If you were a Lyft passenger, you would need details from both drivers because either one (or both) could be held responsible for the accident. At the same time, you would also need to report the accident to the police, and an officer would show up at the scene to write a report.
Report the Accident to Lyft
One of the first steps you must take is to contact Lyft to report the accident. Lyft has a customer care team may speak to you after the accident. You need to be cautious in what you tell the Lyft representative because they will act like any insurance company to get you on the record or elicit damaging information that they may try to use against you.
Get Medical Help From a Doctor
After the accident, you should get the medical care that you need. There are two purposes to this. The most apparent reason for medical care is to get treatment that would put you on the road to recovery. Then, you would also need documentation of your injuries to prove your damages. You cannot file your claim until you reach the point of maximum medical improvement, so you should begin treatment now and follow up with it.
Contact a Lawyer
Then, you should hire an experienced attorney to represent you in your claim. It is never easy to deal with an insurance company. It could be even more challenging when there could be as many as three insurance companies involved in the process. You do not want to get too involved with the details because you are injured and do not know how to handle the legal process. Your attorney can take care of your case from start to finish, informing you so you can make the necessary decisions when asked.
Gather the Necessary Documentation for Your Claim
Before an attorney files the claim on your behalf, they need all the necessary documentation. The insurance company will require evidence about who was responsible for the accident and proof of your individualized damages.
You still need to prove that the Lyft driver was liable for the accident. If you were a driver in a crash with a Lyft car, you must demonstrate that it was the Lyft driver who was the one that did something unreasonable under the circumstances. If you were a passenger in the Lyft car, you may have to demonstrate which driver was to blame for the accident so you know where to file the claim.
In addition, you should also be prepared to support your damages claim. Gather the underlying documentation that backs your damages claims so your attorney can quantify them. When you hire an attorney right after your accident, they will reduce the work needed for you. If you must do anything yourself, your lawyer will give you clear instructions.
Contact a New Jersey Lyft Accident Lawyer at Kitrick, McWeeney & Wells, LLC to Learn More
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, a New Jersey Lyft accident lawyer at Kitrick, McWeeney & Wells, LLC can represent you in the claims process. Call us at 732-920-8383 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Manasquan and Brick, New Jersey, we serve clients in Middlesex County, Atlantic County, Mercer County, Monmouth County, and Ocean County, New Jersey.