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Rideshare services like Lyft offer convenience and accessibility when navigating the bustling streets of New York City. However, if an unexpected Lyft rideshare accident occurs, it’s crucial to have a knowledgeable New York Lyft accident lawyer by your side.

Have You Been Injured in a Lyft Rideshare Accident in New York City?

Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, our car accident lawyers specialize in securing compensation for those injured in an Uber or Lyft accident. Our legal team can help you navigate the complexities of insurance claims and legal battles against large corporations. Our priority is your recovery and obtaining the justice you deserve from Uber or Lyft drivers who are negligent.

Understanding Lyft Accident Claims in New York

Typically, Uber or Lyft accident cases involve an investigation to determine fault, filing claims, and possibly going to trial to resolve a lawsuit.

How Lyft Insurance Policies Work

 

  • Driver is not logged in: If an Uber or Lyft driver is not logged in to the app and not working, Uber and Lyft drivers’ personal car insurance coverage applies from their insurance company.

 

  • Driver is logged in but has not accepted a passenger: If the Uber or Lyft driver is available to accept passengers but is not actively involved in a fare, a limited Lyft insurance policy applies from their insurance provider for personal injury protection.

 

  • Driver is logged in and has accepted a passenger: If the Uber or Lyft driver is logged in, is driving to pick up an accepted passenger, or is driving a passenger, a more comprehensive Lyft’s insurance policy applies.

 

The Investigation Process by Your Lyft Accident Lawyer

 

  • Reviewing Police Reports

 

  • Gathering Evidence

 

  • Obtaining Witness Statements

 

  • Analyzing Medical Records

 

  • Consulting Accident Reconstruction Experts

 

  • Reviewing Traffic Laws and Regulations

 

  • Assessing Comparative Negligence

 

  • Consulting with Experts

 

The Insurance Claim Process

When a Lyft accident attorney navigates the rideshare insurance claims process for a car accident, they have to deal with multiple types of insurance coverage. Typically, they follow these steps to pursue compensation on behalf of their client:

 

  • Initial Notification of the at-fault rideshare driver

 

  • Investigation of the accident

 

  • Ensuring client has received medical treatment

 

  • Documentation of damages suffered by the client like vehicle damage, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic losses.

 

  • Demand Letter outlining the client’s injuries, damages, and the compensation they are seeking from the insurance company.

 

  • Negotiation with the insurance adjusters to reach a fair and reasonable settlement agreement.

 

  • Review by a Lyft accident lawyer to determine terms and if a fair settlement agreement has been reached.

 

The Personal Injury Lawsuit Process

When personal injury lawyers go through the lawsuit process for a car accident, they typically follow these steps to pursue compensation on behalf of their client:

 

  • Initial Consultation and Investigation: The lawyer conducts an initial consultation with their client to discuss the details of the accident, assess the strength of the case, and gather relevant evidence to establish liability and damages. This may involve reviewing police reports, obtaining witness statements, collecting medical records, and analyzing other pertinent evidence.

 

  • Filing the Complaint: The lawyer drafts and files a formal complaint (or petition) with the appropriate court, initiating the lawsuit. The complaint outlines the facts of the case, the legal basis for the claim, and the damages sought by the plaintiff (the injured party).

 

  • Service of Process: The defendant (the at-fault driver or negligent driver) is formally served with a copy of the complaint and a summons, notifying them of the lawsuit and the date by which they must respond. The defendant typically has a specific time frame (often 20-30 days) to file an answer to the complaint, admitting or denying the allegations.

 

  • Discovery Phase: The discovery phase is the pre-trial phase where both parties exchange information and evidence relevant to the case. This can include interrogatories, depositions, requests for production, and requests for admission.

 

  • Mediation or Settlement Negotiations: Before going to trial, the parties may attempt to resolve the case through mediation or settlement negotiations. In mediation, a neutral third-party mediator helps facilitate discussions between the parties to reach a mutually acceptable settlement agreement without going to trial.

 

  • Trial: If the case does not settle, it will proceed to trial. During the trial, both parties present their evidence, witness testimonies, and arguments to the judge and/or jury. The judge or jury will then make a decision based on the evidence presented and applicable law.

 

  • Verdict and Judgment: After the trial, judge or jury will render a verdict determining whether the defendant is liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. If so, damages will be awarded. If the verdict is in the plaintiff’s favor, the court will enter a judgment specifying the amount of compensation the defendant is required to pay to the plaintiff.

 

  • Appeals: If either party is dissatisfied with the outcome of the legal proceedings during trial, they may have the right to appeal the decision to a higher court. The appellate court will review the trial court’s decision to determine if any legal errors were made that affected the outcome of the case.

 

Why Choose a Lyft Accident Lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb

Choosing Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb means partnering with a firm that has a proven track record of success in Lyft rideshare accident cases. The expertise and dedication of our Lyft accident attorneys to our clients set us apart. We understand the impact of an accident on your life and are committed to easing the burden by handling the legal complexities of your case.

Experience

Our legal team of personal injury lawyers works tirelessly to secure the compensation you need to cover medical bills, property damage, missed wages, and other losses in personal injury cases. Trust us to advocate for your rights and hold responsible parties accountable. We will ensure you receive the justice you deserve for your physical injuries and emotional distress or emotional trauma.

Knowledge

Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb stands ready to offer expert legal guidance and support, championing your cause and striving for the maximum compensation. Check out our results and testimonials, then call us at  800-PAIN-LAW or contact us online for a free consultation.

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Working with Harris Keenan & Goldfarb

STEP 1Submit Your Case for a Free Evaluation

Provide us with the details of your situation for a comprehensive and free evaluation. It’s important for us to understand the specifics of your case thoroughly. While submission does not guarantee our representation, every case is reviewed meticulously to assess how we can offer our support.

STEP 2We Handle the Details, You Focus on Recovery

If we proceed with your case, our experienced legal team will manage every aspect of your case, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. From rigorous investigations to handling all negotiations and paperwork, we ensure that every detail is covered with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

STEP 3Pursue Comprehensive Compensation

Should we represent you, our aim is to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. This includes covering medical bills, compensating for lost wages, and addressing pain and suffering. We commit to diligently advocating for your rights, striving for a resolution that supports your recovery and future well-being..

How a New York City Injury Lawyer Can Help:

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Investigate your case and get the evidence needed to build a strong case

2

Help submit insurance claims

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Make sure you get the medical treatment you need

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Communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf

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File paperwork and make sure no deadlines are missed

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Represent you in court, if necessary

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Get full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages

Over $500 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Our track record showcases over $500 million won for our clients. Each victory underlines our commitment to justice and client care. Explore our impact, case by case.

VERDICT

$17,500,000

A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody. The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.

VERDICT

$4,730,398

Harris Keenan & Goldfarb partners Seth Harris and Sheri Holland obtained a $4,730,398.00 jury verdict on behalf of our client who tripped and fell at a private apartment building in the Bronx, suffering a broken foot that developed a very painful, permanent neurological condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (“RSD”).

VERDICT

$12,561,772

A Bronx jury awarded John Doe over $12 million for an accident on a construction site. John Doe was working when a piece of scaffold weighing 35 pounds fell, striking John Doe in the lower back. John Doe suffered a herniated disc requiring surgical removal of a portion of the disc and permanent nerve damage.

VERDICT

$10,500,000

A Bronx jury awarded $10.5 million to the mother of Malcolm Ferguson, who was wrongfully shot and killed by the New York City Police Department. The police officer, Louis Rivera, also a defendant in the case, was found to have used excessive force in violation of Malcolm Ferguson’s civil rights as protected under the United States Constitution.

VERDICT

$4,000,000

A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff William Cardoza $4 million for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Cardoza was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly hit with a police nightstick. As a result, Mr. Cardoza sustained injuries to his hand and finger.

VERDICT

$3,470,670

The firm’s client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine that exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at the defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand.

VERDICT

$4,000,000

The firm represented the mother- decedent and her infant son. During the decedent’s admission to the defendant hospital, the defendant dispensed anesthesia during an epidural to the decedent in an inadequate manner. The mother-decedent suffered personal injuries and wrongful death due to the defendant’s failure to properly administer epidural anesthesia.

VERDICT

$3,823,000

Mr.Brennan fell from approximately 25 feet while working on a construction project. He suffered a shattered bone in his right leg requiring surgery and hardware placement. Mr. Brennan also suffered two fractures in his facial bones, and a dislocated finger requiring surgical repair.

VERDICT

$2,750,000

The firm’s client was a child with cerebral palsy who was injured as a result of medical malpractice. The firm’s clients claimed improper management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery resulting in brain damage, and received a Brooklyn personal injury settlement.

VERDICT

$1,677,835

The firm’s client, a 63-year-old mentally incompetent man, slipped and fell in his own urine while attempting to walk to the bathroom at the defendant’s senior citizen home. The client fractured his hip and as a result is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The client claimed that the staff of the home failed to properly care for him, and the jury awarded $1,677,835.

VERDICT

$2,995,000

The firm’s client, a 47-year-old male, slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in the Bronx. It had snowed four to five days prior to the date of the accident, and the sidewalk was covered with ice. The client suffered a lumbar fracture and a herniated disc. The jury found the city liable and awarded the client a $2,995,000 personal injury settlement in the Bronx.

VERDICT

$2,610,000

A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Luis Molina $2.61 million for injuries sustained when he fell down a subway station stairway. Mr. Molina was caused to slip and fall as a result of a plastic bag that had blown onto the steps from a street opening. As a result of the fall, Mr. Molina suffered a herniated disc and a tear of his right shoulder’s rotator cuff. The jury found that the NYC Transit Authority was liable for the accident.

VERDICT

$2,253,714

A Bronx jury awarded Ms. Colon $2.25 million for a trip and fall accident. Ms. Colon was caused to fall when she moved to the right to allow another pedestrian to pass, and her foot rolled to the outside due to the sidewalk being unlevel with the adjoining grass. The jury found the defendant liable and awarded Ms. Colon $2,253,714.00 for her pain and suffering.

VERDICT

$1,900,000

A Brooklyn jury awarded Arvella Floyd $1.9 million for a fractured wrist which required multiple surgeries, including an open-reduction internal fixation and a carpal tunnel release. Ms. Floyd was injured when the hot water knob of the shower fell off after numerous complaints to the superintendent, and scalding water spewed toward her, causing her to
fall and break her wrist.

VERDICT

$1,350,000

A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. The officer proceeded to push her down the stairs multiple times.

What Our Clients Say About Us

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00:47 22 Jun 24
I contacted Burns and Harris, this company which is renamed now, about two years ago about my injury. I even had an in person meeting with Stephen LaRocca.I had to chase him for a year just to sign something, in the end I just gave up. Pretty appalling company and even worse than people have written. I can only imagine the people who haven’t taken the time to write your review. Don’t bother with them.
Cole ColdwaterCole Coldwater
19:36 20 Jun 24
My experience with Harris Keenan and Goldfarb was wonderful. My legal representative, Steven LaRocca with Samantha Walton always made me feel well defended and cared for, in a way that went beyond professional representation and into the realm of caring about me on a personal level. Steven, Samantha and Seth Harris got me a great outcome and I can’t thank them enough!
Elizabeth SantosElizabeth Santos
00:32 20 Jun 24
If I could give them a zero Star I would 0
Jennifer RosarioJennifer Rosario
14:16 05 Jun 24
The best law firm I have ever went with thank you so much
Angelo Del GuercioAngelo Del Guercio
20:03 11 May 24
Horrible people. I lost complete confidence in this firm. Attorneys dragged their feet for 4 years and my mom died before a settlement could be reached. I advised them several times that my mom was sick to put fire under their feet but the effort was to no avail.
david Santiagodavid Santiago
18:05 21 Mar 24
Maria RoqueMaria Roque
20:49 15 Mar 24
Excellent person, very Professional, they assist you in any language, your call is always answered. I recommend you for any case of support you have, your refund is satisfactory. and fast
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14:09 02 Mar 24
I am completely satisfied, and recommend Harris Keenan & Goldfarb as Attorneys to represent anyone. Their care for me physically, and overall helped me stay strong in spite of my injuries. Always available to answer questions, and inform.They got me Justice, and achieved a substantial outcome for my case.I am very impressed, and thankful for their outstanding performance on my behalf.I am very pleased, and significantly satisfied with their representation.‐-Sherylon Wilkins
Robert LennonRobert Lennon
15:26 21 Feb 24
Patient and diligence is how I describe the effort of HKG the work was thorough, honest and fair, I have no complaints. Special thanks to attorney Blake and his paralegal Thierry.
Gene Matos (fanboye)Gene Matos (fanboye)
18:48 15 Jan 24
I first crossed paths with Seth Harris when serving jury duty many years ago. He was so professional and personable, that when my mom was seeking legal counsel for medical malpractice, I told her she had to reach out to his firm. We had meetings with a few different firms, but Harris Keenan & Goldfarb was the only firm that did not try to get us to sign paperwork before even meeting. They took the time to listen and understand our situation before we signed anything, and they were transparent and responsive the whole time. I would like to give special thanks to Samantha Walton, Marla Stein, Val Wallace and Seth Harris for helping my mom through this tough time. They were honest and upfront, and even though Seth Harris wasn't personally on the case, he took the time to meet with us and give us his thoughts on it.
Solange IsaacSolange Isaac
17:52 08 Jan 24
I am pleased with the services provided by Ms Sheri on my case. The team at Harris, Keenan, & Goldfarb were very nice and explained everything to me. Everything that I had questions on they answered without frustration and were prompt and knowledgeable.6 years ago I had a slip and fall accident at my employers place of business. I reached out to them because I knew that I was being wrongfully treated. They took care of the case, restored my self confidence, and brought so much peace to my problem riddled life.I can recommend without a shadow of a doubt the services of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb to anyone who is in need of someone who will have your back!
Brittany DempseyBrittany Dempsey
16:02 08 Jan 24
My mother had an accident with her ankle back in 2019. I immediately contacted Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb on the day of the accident. They were extremely prompt and helpful. They attended to my mother's case beautifully and she's been recovering well. I'd like to thank you for being so diligent, kind and above all professional. I'd recommend this law firm to anyone who are injured and in need of legal assistance. My mother, Andrea, and I thank you for everything.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Lyft Accidents

These FAQs are designed to provide a brief overview of common concerns following a rideshare accident.

  • What Should I Do Immediately After a Lyft Accident?

    First, ensure that you and anyone involved are safe and call 911 if there are any injuries sustained. Document the scene by taking photos. Collect contact information from witnesses and involved parties such as the Lyft driver, any other driver and Lyft passengers involved.
    Seek immediate medical attention even if you feel fine. Some severe injuries might not be immediately apparent, and some should bodily injury may meet the serious injury threshold.

  • How Is Fault Determined in a Lyft Accident in New York?

  • Can I Sue Lyft If I'm Injured in an Accident?

  • What Compensation Can I Claim After a Lyft Accident?

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

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