Oxford Lyft Accidents
Motor Vehicle Collision Attorneys Serving the Oxford Area
Ridesharing applications like Lyft have become an increasingly popular transportation option for those who want to get from place to place without driving themselves. As the popularity of Lyft grows, so does the risk that people will be involved in accidents with Lyft drivers, while working as Lyft drivers, or while riding as a passenger in a Lyft vehicle in Oxford or near the University of Mississippi. Like other car accident victims, those injured in a rideshare accident likely have personal injury claims that can be brought against the responsible party or parties. However, identifying the correct party to pursue and the insurance coverage that will apply in a Lyft accident can be difficult, confusing, and time consuming. If you have been injured in a Lyft accident, let the Oxford Lyft accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz assist you in bringing your claims. With over 30 attorneys and more than 120 support staff members, our firm has the knowledge and resources you will need to pursue your claims and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Recovering for Injuries in an Auto Accident Case
Lyft is a popular option for Oxford residents and Ole Miss students alike. As with other types of car accidents, Lyft accidents are usually the result of some party’s negligence. Calling the police immediately after an accident occurs in Lafayette County is an important step in personal injury cases, as the police will obtain information from the other parties involved and take statements from witnesses. This information can provide crucial evidence support for an injured party’s negligence claim. Once an injured party has established the responsible party’s negligence with the assistance of a Lyft accident attorney in Oxford, the injured party can likely recover damages like lost wages, past medical bills, future medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
How Lyft Accidents Differ From Other Car Accidents
The difficulty with Lyft accidents, as well as other ridesharing accidents, is in identifying the correct party and insurance carrier to proceed against. This is because different insurance policies will apply depending on the facts of each case. Most accidents will fall within the following categories:
- The Lyft app is turned off – if a Lyft driver is involved in an accident while the app is off and they are not carrying or on the way to pick up a passenger, then the driver’s own personal car insurance policy will apply to the accident. If the driver has the minimum coverage required under Mississippi law, this could cause problems for victims with severe injuries and damages that go beyond the minimum coverage amount.
- The Lyft app is turned on, but no ride is accepted yet – if a Lyft driver is involved in an accident while the app is on, the driver is waiting for someone to request a ride, but no ride has been accepted yet, a Lyft policy with coverage limits of $50,000 per person or $100,000 per accident will apply. Since this coverage is greater than the minimum coverage required in Mississippi, being able to prove that the app was on and that the driver was “available” for a ride could make a huge difference in a victim’s ability to recover in cases involving serious injury.
- The Lyft driver is either in transit to a passenger or already carrying a passenger – if a Lyft driver has already accepted a ride and is either carrying the passenger or on the way to pick up the passenger, a Lyft policy with coverage limits of $1 million will apply. Lyft also carries uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
As one can see, the facts of a particular accident and the Lyft app’s relationship to the accident can mean the difference between full compensation and limited recovery in a Lyft accident. Thus, it is important for those injured in Lyft accidents to contact an experienced Lyft accident lawyer in the Oxford area as soon as possible. Your attorney will help you investigate the facts of your accident and work hard to obtain the evidence you need to find the correct source of recovery in your case pursuant to Mississippi law.
Seek Guidance from an Experienced Oxford Attorney
If you have been injured in a Lyft accident, the Oxford Lyft accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz want to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We serve accident victims throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Oxford, Jackson, Tupelo, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Little Rock and Jonesboro. Contact us today for a free consultation with an auto accident lawyer by calling 800-529-4004 or by filling out our online form. NST is the way to go.
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Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.