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Austin Lyft Accident Lawyer

Austin Lyft Accident Lawyer

Austin Lyft Accident LawyerDid you or a loved one sustain injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident in Austin, TX? Accidents involving rideshare services can be more complicated than typical car accident claims. An experienced Austin Lyft accident lawyer at FVF Law can help you navigate the complex insurance process and determine whether you’re eligible for compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Between us, our lawyers have over 80 years of experience helping accident victims like you. We take a detailed approach to help clients understand their legal options and how to enforce their rights.

If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact our law offices in Austin, Texas at (512) 982-9328 to schedule a free consultation today.

How FVF Law Can Help After a Lyft Accident in Austin, TX

How FVF Law Can Help After a Lyft Accident in Austin, TX

No one expects to be involved in an accident. As a Lyft passenger, you may be even more shocked when your driver is involved in a crash. You may also be struggling to find information about who can be held liable for your damages.

Our Austin personal injury lawyers at FVF Law can help. We’ve dedicated our entire practice to helping accident victims like you. We know the personal injury laws here in Austin inside and out–and we’ve developed a reputation for winning fair compensation for our clients.

When you hire us, we’ll help strengthen your case by:

  • Conducting a full investigation to determine causation and prove liability
  • Identifying all available insurance coverage
  • Using our own resources to hire experts and specialists
  • Calculating the fair value of your Lyft accident case
  • Negotiating with the insurance companies and defense lawyers for you

Without legal advice, you risk taking less compensation than you really need after an accident. Get the help you need by calling our Austin personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation today.

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How Common Are Lyft Accidents in Austin?

Lyft is a relatively new service on Austin roads. Still, as of 2021, Lyft had 18.7 million active riders (down from 22.9 million users in 2019, before the pandemic).

While extremely convenient, there is also data to suggest that the roads have become more dangerous for drivers since Lyft and other ridesharing companies were introduced onto roads in major U.S. cities.

Studies show that traffic fatalities in the U.S. have increased by between 2% and 4% each year that Uber and Lyft have been on the roads.

What Is My Austin Lyft Accident Case Worth?

Before accepting an insurance settlement, it’s important to understand what your case is worth. Personal injury settlements can vary widely from case to case.

In general, your case value will depend on:

  • The nature of your injuries
  • The duration of your recovery
  • The cost of your medical care, rehabilitation, and other expenses
  • How the injury impacts your ability to work, now and in the future
  • The cost of repairing any damaged property
  • Whether you contributed to the accident

The insurance company won’t simply hand over a check for fair compensation. They’ll want to see proof of your damages. Our lawyers at FVF Law can help you locate the evidence you need to support your personal injury claim. Call our law firm in Austin to discuss your options today.

How Do Texas Insurance Laws Impact the Value of My Rideshare Injury Case?

Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors. They use their personal vehicles to transport passengers around town. In an accident, however, their personal insurance coverage won’t pay your damages if they were working for Lyft at the time of the crash.

In Austin, however, Lyft is required to purchase commercial insurance coverage so that Lyft accident victims have a way to seek compensation after an accident.

Lyft App is Open, and Driver is Waiting For a Ride Request

If the Lyft driver is ready and available to accept a ride, the following coverage is available:

  • $50,000/person for bodily injury
  • $100,000/accident for bodily injury
  • $25,000/accident for property damage

These coverage limits are higher than the typical 30/60/25 insurance coverage that private drivers are required to purchase in Texas.

Lyft Driver Has Accepted a Passenger Request

The following liability coverage limits apply if the Lyft driver has already accepted a passenger request:

  • $1,000,000 for 3rd-party liability
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage
  • Contingent comprehensive & collision coverage up to the actual cash value of the car, with a $2,500 deductible

This coverage applies for the duration of the Lyft ride. That means it’s available while the driver is en route to pick up a passenger and while the passenger is in the Lyft vehicle.

Lyft App is Closed

If the rideshare app is closed, Lyft’s insurance policy is not available. Instead, accident victims can seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, just like any other car accident case.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Lyft Accident Victims in Austin?

If you were injured in a Lyft crash, you can recover compensation for your economic damages and non-economic damages under Texas personal injury laws.

Economic damages cover your financial expenses, including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earning potential
  • Rehabilitation
  • Property damage
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

Non-economic damages compensate accident victims for the more subjective losses associated with an accident and injury, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
  • Loss of consortium

Do you need help calculating your damages after an accident? Our experienced Austin Lyft accident attorneys are here to help. Give us a quick call to schedule your free case review today.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed For a Lyft Accident in Texas?

Shared fault can complicate matters in a personal injury case. In the state of Texas, modified comparative negligence laws apply. Accident victims can recover partial compensation if they’re partly at fault for an accident–up to a point.

Once your percentage of fault reaches 51%, you can no longer seek compensation for your losses, even if someone else was also partly responsible for the crash.

Our Austin Lyft Accident Lawyers Will Work Tirelessly to Recover Compensation For All of Your Injuries

Our team at FVF Law will work to recover fair compensation for all of your injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Concussions
  • Back injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Organ damage
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death of a loved one

We know that things can be difficult in the aftermath of an accident. We’re here to help you sort out the details and understand your rights.

What Causes Most Lyft Accidents in Austin, Texas?

Lyft and Uber drivers are just as likely to be involved in an accident as any other driver on the road. Rideshare drivers don’t have specialized driving skills because they aren’t required to pass any tests or obtain a commercial driver’s license. In fact, they may be more prone to distraction because their business is conducted through their smartphones.

Some of the most common causes of Lyft accidents in Austin are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Tailgating
  • Stopping in dangerous places to pick up or drop off passengers
  • Aggressive driving
  • Passing too closely to shoulders and sidewalks
  • Dangerous turns
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Failure to maintain the Lyft vehicle in a safe condition
  • Defective vehicle parts

It’s important to know what caused your accident so that you know who can be held liable for your damages–remembering that multiple parties can be held responsible for the same crash.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Lyft Accident in Texas?

Most accidents happen because someone was careless or wasn’t paying attention. In legal terms, the majority of crashes involve negligence. As the victim, it’s up to you to prove that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries when you’re filing a claim with insurance.

To prove negligence, you must establish:

  • The at-fault party’s legal duty of care
  • Breach of duty
  • Causation
  • Damages

Our lawyers will carefully investigate the cause of your crash. We’ll obtain data from the Lyft app, interview witnesses, review police reports, and even hire accident reconstruction specialists who can strengthen your case.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Lyft Accident in Texas?

Like all other states, Texas limits the amount of time you have to take legal action after a crash. In Texas, the statute of limitations is only two years. If you don’t file a personal injury lawsuit within two years after the crash, you can’t sue the responsible party for damages at all.

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Did you or a loved one suffer injuries in a Lyft accident in Austin, TX? It’s important to understand your legal rights and options. Call FVF Law to learn more about how an experienced Austin Lyft accident lawyer can protect you after a crash.

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