Work with a Baltimore Lyft Accident Lawyer for Compensation You Deserve
The ridesharing company Lyft is making huge strides in the industry, essentially helping to make taxi services obsolete and catching up quickly to its main competitor, Uber. Due to Lyft’s rapidly expanding popularity in our city, car accidents involving Lyft drivers are becoming more common. If you’ve suffered injuries from a Lyft car accident, let a Baltimore Lyft accident lawyer, at our firm help you deal with your insurance claims and evaluate whether you have a claim for compensation.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Lyft Driver Liability?
Some of the most common reasons Lyft drivers cause accidents include:
- Lack of any special training or experience.
- The long hours of Lyft driver shifts and related driver fatigue.
- Speeding in order to make time for more customers and to maximize their fares and ratings.
- Distracted driving due to frequently checking the GPS or Lyft app, and texting with upcoming riders.
- The inexperience of driving in general.
- Violations of common traffic laws.
What Kind of Evidence Will I Need in a Lyft Car Accident Lawsuit?
Lyft accidents caused by your Lyft driver or another vehicle hitting your Lyft car are similar to any vehicle accident in that you’ll need to work with a Baltimore Lyft accident lawyer to gather the evidence necessary to support your claim. Common types of evidence include:
- Evidence of personal injuries. This includes medical records, as well as any personal notes or journals that detail your pain levels, symptoms, treatments, and prescriptions.
- Evidence of damages like pictures at the scene of the accident.
- The police report and any witness statements.
- Other accident information, including names and contact information of everyone involved in the accident, including license plate numbers, insurance information, and driver’s licenses.
Typical Lyft Car Accident Injuries
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), passengers riding in the back seat of a vehicle during an accident are at an elevated risk of serious injuries and fatalities, even when wearing their seatbelts. Some of the most common back seat injuries include:
- Chest injuries. According to the study, the most common type of injury to rear-seat occupants who were killed or seriously injured was to the chest. In many of the study cases, the back-seat passengers were injured more severely than the front-seat occupants, suggesting the restraints in the rear seats didn’t perform as well as the ones in the front. This could be because backseat seatbelts lack force limiters, allowing the seatbelt’s force to injure the rider’s chest. Bruising or fractures of the ribs, as well as more catastrophic punctures of the ribs into the lungs or heart, are common damages of chest injuries.
- Head injuries. Head injuries were the second-most common type of injury in the study. Backseat passengers are more likely to have a head injury because there is currently no option to install front airbags, leaving them vulnerable to damage from headrests, seat bodies, and other objects in front of them during an accident. Back seat passengers can also suffer traumatic brain injuries, memory loss, brain bleeding, and other cognitive impairments as a result of brain damage if they strike their heads on the windows, other objects, or seats.
Other common types of rear-passenger injuries include:
- Bruising and contusions
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
A Baltimore Lyft Accident Lawyer Can Help if You’ve Been Injured in a Lyft Accident
John J. Leppler understands the laws surrounding Lyft accidents, and that rear-seat passengers are the most likely to be injured during a collision. Contact us online or by phone at (443) 955-1989 for a same-day response to schedule your free consultation and learn about your legal options.