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Our Dedicated San Diego Lyft Accident Lawyers Will Get You What You’re Owed

San Diego is known not only for its tourist attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo and Petco Park but also for its craft beer industry. No wonder ridesharing services, particularly Lyft, are becoming the best transportation option for tourists and the county’s 3.3 million local residents. Sadly, Lyft rides aren’t always safe. If you or someone you know sustained injuries after a collision with a Lyft car, our San Diego Lyft accident lawyers can help you get fair compensation. Contact Arash Law today at (888) 488-1391 and take advantage of a free initial consultation.

The California Statewide Integrated Traffic Record System (SWITRS) reported 7,489 deaths and injuries from 5,522 traffic accidents of all kinds, including ridesharing collisions, in San Diego City in 2022. That is 20 cases every day, which is quite alarming. Despite regular safety training, Lyft drivers are still prone to road accidents. A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that Lyft and other ridesharing companies contribute to vehicle crashes, causing pedestrian and motorist injuries.

Arash Law, managed by the esteemed attorney Arash Khorsandi, Esq., specializes in personal injury law, including Lyft accident cases. We have recovered more than $500 Million for our thousands of clients and fought for their rights on a contingency fee basis. This means you would not have to pay us anything if we did not win your case.

Car Accident
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Our client was driving with his wife and son on a two-lane highway when a drunk driver crossed the double yellow lines, causing a head-on collision that claimed the life of a loving wife and mother.

–  ARASH KHORSANDI

How Can Arash Law’s San Diego Lyft Accident Lawyers Help Prove & Win My Claims?

While healing from terrible injuries after a Lyft accident, you must also file a claim and gather evidence to pursue compensation for your damages from the other party. These are all stressful procedures that could impede your full recovery. Fortunately, consulting with a lawyer right away will help resolve your dilemma. They can prove your case and win your claim, allowing you to focus on yourself and your family.

We are a client-first law firm. For us, your overall well-being is our top priority. When you decide to partner with us, we will be with you from your first consultation until we win your case. As your case progresses, our lawyers commit to doing all the hard work for you, such as:
  • Gathering all claim proofs, including police reports, medical records, and other legal documents.
  • Collecting secondary evidence like CCTV footage, eyewitness statements, and expert opinions.
  • Communicating with the involved Lyft driver and their insurance company.
  • Communicating with Lyft’s legal department and its insurance company.
  • Connecting you with our network of medical experts to assess the severity of your injury and increase the value of your compensation.
Our San Diego Lyft accident attorneys will also prepare for court hearings should your case go beyond out-of-court settlements.

Why Hire Our Expert San Diego Lyft Accident Lawyers To Fight For Your Case

Arash Law not only cares about having your hospital bills paid, but we are also thinking about your future. That’s why we consider all aspects of your case, including your lost pay, property damage, present financial situation, and capacity to work after your accident. We appraise and calculate each of these factors. After that, we will hold the negligent party accountable and fight to give you the best compensation possible.

Consulting with our San Diego Lyft accident lawyers will also help you avoid accepting lowball offers from the Lyft driver’s insurance company. Remember that the driver may not be solely accountable for your condition. We have the best personal injury lawyers who can hold the rideshare giant, Lyft, legally responsible for your injuries.

Finally, our clients can attest to our proven track record in terms of professionalism and work ethics.

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What Exactly Is Lyft?

Lyft is a well-known Transportation Network Corporation (TNC) based in the United States that provides an array of mobility services to commuters through its mobile app. Since its inception in 2012, the service has grown to be a significant player in the ride-hailing industry.

Primarily, Lyft offers customers vehicle rides, but it has recently expanded its services to include shared rides, luxury trips, and, in limited areas, scooter and bike rentals. The company aims to enhance people’s lives by providing the best possible transportation solutions. It has become a popular choice due to its easy-to-use app interface and wide range of ride options.

People use Lyft as an alternative mode of transportation. Customers claim to save money on gas and car maintenance. They even claimed to feel relaxed in congested traffic. Meanwhile, younger users often use the app to avoid DUI situations.

You may be wondering if a Lyft accident is similar to a typical car collision. There may be some similarities, but Lyft cases are more complicated as numerous parties are involved. Despite these challenges, our expert legal team has successfully managed and won Lyft-related cases in and out of court. Handling numerous Lyft accident claims and lawsuits made our San Diego attorneys experts in every aspect of this matter.

A woman holding her phone with Lyft app opened in San Diego
A woman calling for help after a Lyft Accident in San Diego

Common Causes Of Lyft Accidents In San Diego

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) highlighted 140 fatalities from distracted driving in 2021, making it among the most significant causes of car accidents in the state. The same can be said concerning Lyft accidents, which makes sense given that Lyft drivers spend time looking at the app on their phones for booking and maps.

Aside from distracted driving, our San Diego lawyers indicated other causes of Lyft accidents, including the following:
Driving Under The Influence (DUI)
DUI is a driving offense in which an individual drives a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. It is prohibited to drive in San Diego and the rest of California if your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or greater. It is also a misdemeanor punishable by three to five years of probation and fines on the first offense. Drivers with subsequent offenses may get jail time.
Overdriving Road Conditions

Many people mistake an overdriving violation for a speeding violation. Even though there is a similarity in overspeeding, overdriving road conditions violation occurs when a driver exceeds the speed limit in the presence of hazardous road conditions. For example, if the maximum speed limit on California’s major highways is 65 mph, it is reduced to 10 mph during rainy weather for the safety of all motorists.

Inexperience

Lyft provides regular safety training for all of its drivers. However, training is only beneficial if it tackles understanding all traffic rules, navigating in all weather situations, and anticipating other drivers’ actions. Some young Lyft drivers lack the necessary experience, resulting in accidents. Our San Diego Lyft accident lawyers recommend checking their drivers’ ratings on the app. Their rating can prove how experienced they are, ensuring a much safer trip.

Driving While Drowsy

Everyone needs to make extra money to support their families. Driving for Lyft is one of the best side hustles. However, working and driving without appropriate rest jeopardizes the passenger’s safety and is completely prohibited. Drowsiness can affect a driver’s reaction time and decision-making.

If you see your driver is constantly yawning, stretching his arms, and rotating his neck, politely ask him to drop you off at a secure spot, as a microsleep might cost you your life.

Failure To Obey Traffic Rules

Familiarizing oneself with all traffic signs is one of the conditions for passing a driving test and obtaining a driver’s license. Unfortunately, some Lyft drivers violate them in order to gain more bookings, which is illegal and undesirable to passengers. They might overspeed, run the red light, or outright disobey traffic signs.

Other Causes Of Lyft Accidents & Injuries
Besides the usual accidents, our San Diego attorneys specializing in Lyft accidents have also handled cases resulting from the following:
  • Sexual Assault – Physical injuries are not the only issue ride-hailing passengers should be concerned about. In 2021, Lyft issued a comprehensive report revealing that passengers had filed over 4,000 sexual assault allegations against its drivers. Touching without consent is considered sexual harassment and must be dealt with legally. If you believe that you have recently been sexually harassed during a Lyft trip, please contact us and speak with one of our San Diego Lyft accident attorneys. We’ll advise you on how to proceed with your case.
  • Violence – Physical harassment of any sort has no place in society. Not only does violence physically affect the victim, but it also inflicts long-term mental anguish. If a Lyft driver ever becomes violent towards you, speak with one of our San Diego Lyft accident lawyers. We can help you get financial compensation and advise you on what legal actions you can take.

Our San Diego law firm has represented hundreds of injured victims and recovered millions of dollars in compensation. Call (888) 488-1391 to discuss your issue with a Lyft driver or the company itself, and we will notify you immediately if you have a case.

Common Injuries In San Diego Lyft Accidents

Lyft patrons are susceptible to physical injuries when irresponsible drivers get into accidents. Whiplash or neck injuries are common among victims. Other injuries our San Diego lawyers see in Lyft accidents are the following:

  • Head & Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – These are severe injuries where the head suffers a sudden hard blow. Severe cases may result in:
  • Shoulder Injuries – When the shoulder dislocates, you will feel shoulder, arm, back, or neck pain. Other symptoms include shoulder stiffness, arm weakness, limited range of motion, swelling, and bruising.
  • Knee Injuries – Our knees are prone to bumping into the dashboard or back of the seats if a sudden stop or collision happens. There is often a popping sound when the knee is moved. You also can’t straighten it, and it might also be red and warm to the touch.
  • Neck Injuries – The signs and symptoms of common neck injuries differ based on the area of the neck injured, but in general, you will feel:
     
  • Back Injuries – These injuries are the top cause of disability worldwide. Some symptoms include pain that extends to the knees and legs, bowel or bladder problems, and muscle spasms.
  • Broken Bones – Fractures range from minor hairline breaks to shattered bones. Seek medical attention as soon as you feel intense pain and a larger area of swelling or bruising.

If you sustain an injury from the accident, you might have a case. Hiring a lawyer may result in a higher settlement sum, as they can prevent you from accepting a low offer from the other party. Our San Diego Lyft accident lawyers are experienced in managing rideshare accidents.

Proving Liability After A San Diego Lyft Accident

A legal battle with Lyft is complex. It is a large company with top-tier attorneys, and proving their liability for your injuries is a difficult task. In order for you to prove negligence and establish liability, you have to prove the following factors:
  • Lyft and its driver have a responsibility to keep you safe while in their booked vehicle.
  • They failed to safeguard you or uphold their duty of care through careless, reckless, or negligent actions.
  • Their recklessness and negligence caused you physical pain and financial loss.
  • There is proof the accident the Lyft driver caused was directly responsible for your injuries and financial losses. You have to have this set of evidence:

Consulting with our San Diego Lyft accident lawyers will certainly save you from stress. We can help you establish Lyft’s liability for your physical injuries and mental trauma.

Aside from assisting our clients with their Lyft cases, Arash Law personal injury lawyers have also won cases against giant companies in the country, such as Walmart and Target.

Franchot M.
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Our client was the victim of a rear-end accident who was left injured and severely in pain. Arash Law was able to outshine other injury law firms when he searched online, and thankfully we were able to handle everything for our client from A to Z — All that he had to do was ask and focus on his recovery. Our client’s life has changed forever, and the compensation received for the pain and suffering has opened paths for new lifelong opportunities.
Personal Injury Settlement
Our client was the victim of a rear-end accident who was left injured and severely in pain. Arash Law was able to outshine other injury law firms when he searched online, and thankfully we were able to handle everything for our client from A to Z — All that he had to do was ask and focus on his recovery. Our client’s life has changed forever, and the compensation received for the pain and suffering has opened paths for new lifelong opportunities.

Compensation In Lyft Accident Cases

If you got injured in a Lyft accident and sustained injuries, you might be entitled to the following compensations:
Economic damages are the total financial losses incurred as a result of your injuries, including:
  • Past, present, and future medical expenses
  • Treatment
  • Therapy
  • Caregiving bills
  • Lost salary wages
  • Incapacity to sustain your family’s needs

Non-economic damages include any non-physical and non-financial losses, such as:

  • Lower life expectancy
  • Bodily disfigurement or dismemberment
  • Loss of enjoyment in life
  • Loss of companionship
Non-economic damages may sound non-monetary at all, but they are entirely reimbursable following some computations, such as the multiplier and per diem methods. Your San Diego Lyft accident attorneys can help you explain this matter. We will also give you an estimated amount based on the computation methods.

Meanwhile, punitive damages are remedial penalties imposed by the judge on the defendant or accused to prevent him and others from engaging in the same misconduct in the future. Punitive damages are often non-monetary, but in some situations, the court orders the offender to pay monetary fines.

Lyft’s Insurance Policy

The rideshare company’s insurance policy comes in two parts:

  • The driver is on duty but has not accepted any bookings or passengers.
  • The driver is on duty, has accepted a booking, and has picked up a passenger.
If the driver is off duty and is logged out of the app at the time of the accident (known as Period 0), the driver’s personal insurance policy will be the primary coverage.
Period 1

Lyft can be held accountable if its driver was on duty (logged into the app) at the time of the accident, even if they didn’t have a passenger. This is often known as Period 1.

Lyft’s insurance policy for this period is:
  • $50,000/person for bodily injury
  • $100,000/accident for bodily injury
  • $25,000/accident for property damage
Periods 2 & 3

The ridesharing company can also be held liable if its driver picked up a passenger and was en route to their location (Period 2) or was on a trip with a passenger (Period 3) during the accident.

For example, you are in your car, properly parked on the side of the road. Then, a Lyft driver who is on his way to pick up a passenger loses control of his vehicle and hits you. The driver will be held accountable for your injuries and vehicle damage.

Additionally, Lyft provides the following coverage:
  • Up to $1 million for the total liability
  • Up to $1 million for accidents caused by uninsured and underinsured motorists
  • If a driver secures comprehensive and collision coverage on their personal motor policy, Lyft will maintain contingent comprehensive and collision coverage up to the car’s actual value ($2,500 deductible)

Many people may find Lyft’s insurance policy confusing or unclear. However, our expert San Diego Lyft accident lawyers can explain it to you in an easy-to-understand manner. If you have any questions or concerns, our team can answer them.

Ride Share Company Accident
$1,000,000.00
Settlement in a Under Insured Motorist Claim against ride share company; client suffered spinal injuries
–  JUDD ROSS ALLEN

What Is My Lyft Accident Case Worth?

Every case is unique. Compensation varies from case to case based on the following factors:
  • Types of injuries you sustained
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The impact of your physical injuries and mental trauma on your daily life
  • Your ability to provide for your family after the injury
  • Lyft’s offer and counter-offer

Here are some of the real-life clients we’ve worked with, giving you a sense of the cases we have won and the amounts they received.

  • A client was driving with his wife and son on a two-lane highway when a drunk driver crossed the double yellow lines, resulting in a head-on collision and the death of his spouse. We acquired the maximum policy limits for our client, which totaled $6 million.
  • Another client developed paraplegia after being hit by a distracted driver. The maximum policy limitations were $5.25 million, and we were able to resolve it for the entire amount. Furthermore, we were able to obtain additional workers’ compensation benefits from our client’s employer because he was working at the time of the incident.
  • Our clients suffered many fractured bones and other orthopedic injuries as a result of a car accident. The defendant driver attempted a left turn in front of them in heavy fog. The defense tried to settle our client’s claim for unjust compensation, but we were able to obtain $4.1 million for them.

Give us a call at (888) 488-1391 to describe your Lyft accident so our attorneys in San Diego can assess it and give you an estimated amount of your case.

What To Do After A Lyft Accident In San Diego

When you get into an accident, whether you’re a Lyft passenger or hit by a Lyft vehicle, safety should always be your top priority. Protect your rights and future, and perform the following if you’re able:
  1. Check yourself for any possible injuries. Then, call 911 and ask for police and paramedics.
  2. Go to a safer area away from passing vehicles if possible. Don’t leave the scene and wait for the authorities.
  3. Get immediate medical assistance. After cooperating with the police and gathering evidence, visit a doctor immediately. Seeking additional medical attention will disclose the seriousness of your situation and unmask other potential injuries.
  4. Take photos or videos of your injuries, as these will be valuable evidence in your claim.
  5. Take a snapshot of the driver’s information from the Lyft app.
  6. Look for witnesses and obtain their names and phone numbers. Ask for their permission to provide a statement for documentation purposes.
  7. Report the accident using the “Help” feature on the Lyft app.
  8. Contact your insurance company and explain your situation. Do not admit fault. Everything you say to the other party or the authority can be used against you.
  9. Consult with our San Diego Lyft accident lawyers to begin the claims procedure.

An attorney can have a significant impact on your case. With our vast experience, we know how to handle the insurance company and the rideshare giant. We guarantee you can get the fair compensation you truly deserve. Connect with our Lyft accident attorneys in San Diego through our contact form.

How Long Do I Have To Bring Legal Action After A Lyft Accident In California?

Coming from a Lyft accident, you should file a lawsuit and compensation claim immediately. The California Code of Civil Procedure §335.1 states you have a maximum of two years starting from the date of the accident to file a case. This deadline is also called the statute of limitations.

There are some exceptions to this rule:
  • For underaged victims, if their guardians opt not to file the case immediately, they become eligible to pursue their claim when they reach the age of 18. The statute of limitation will start running by then.
  • If your injury manifests more than two years after the accident, you may be able to bring a case to court starting on the date your injury is detected medically.
  • If you sustained an injury on government property, you only have six months to file your claim to avoid technical forfeiture.

Two years may seem long, but do not be deceived, as the entire claim process takes time. The gathering of evidence alone is time-consuming. Attending court hearings, if necessary, would also take up plenty of time, which could hamper your recovery.

Consult with our San Diego Lyft accident lawyers right from the beginning. We will guide and assist you in recovering all the essential evidence and documents to file a case. Our team can also shield you from coercion or intimidation from the opposing party and underestimated offers.

How Do I Find The Best Lyft Accident Attorney Near Me?

Finding Lyft accident attorneys in San Diego to work with is challenging. You need someone who can really provide you with quality legal assistance and help you win. With this, you have to consider these factors:

  • Number of cases won
  • Number of satisfied clients
  • Amount of case winnings
  • Proven industry track record
  • Years of practice and handling of complicated cases
  • Focus on specific fields of law practice

Arash Law, spearheaded by Arash Khorsandi, Esq., has over three decades of experience. We have worked with thousands of clients and have a 99% success rate. Additionally, we have handled complicated cases that other law firms have turned down. Our experienced and dedicated lawyers have worked these cases from the ground up and won them for our clients.

Know if you have a valid claim. Use our “Do I have a case?” form, and one of our San Diego Lyft accident lawyers will get in touch with you as soon as possible. You can also check our client testimonials and learn how we established ourselves as the preferred and go-to personal injury lawyers in California.

Lyft Accident Statistics In San Diego

An independent and investigative report conducted by the San Francisco Free Press gives a picture of how Lyft and Uber drivers behave on the road, whether in San Francisco, San Diego, or other major cities in California.

According to the US National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), ridesharing services like Lyft have been associated with an increase of around 3% in road fatalities and injuries.

However, the bureau also released a study stating how these companies helped decrease cases of alcohol-related traffic in the US. Based on the paper, there was a decrease of 6.1% in alcohol-related accidents. A further 4% decrease in the overall number of US traffic collisions and crashes has also been noted.

FAQs About Lyft Accident Cases
What If An Insurer Calls Me?

You can expect a call from the other party’s insurance company and legal team if you sustain injuries in a Lyft accident. If that happens, our San Diego attorneys for Lyft accidents recommend that you politely decline the conversation and seek the advice of a lawyer. That’s because whatever you say can be used against you. Our attorneys can advise you on what to say and not say to safeguard your rights.

Can Undocumented Immigrants Get Compensation?

If you or someone you know is an immigrant injured in a Lyft collision, do not hesitate to contact Arash Law. Your status is not a factor in whether you can file a claim or not. In fact, it can’t be used to dispute your personal injury or wrongful death claim.

We also have on-duty multilingual case managers who speak Spanish, Italian, Farsi, Korean, French, Hebrew, and more. Our San Diego attorneys specializing in Lyft accident cases will provide legal advice on a contingency or no-win, no-fee basis.

Contact The Top-Rated San Diego Lyft Accident Lawyers In Your Area Today!

Arash Law promises to work tirelessly on your case and ensure your financial damages are repaid. We will hold all liable parties accountable for your injuries and losses and give you a fair settlement. Our team will help you identify the best course of action for you and your loved ones.

If you or someone you know got hurt in a Lyft accident, you may have a case. Call us at (888) 488-1391 and discuss your situation with one of our San Diego Lyft accident lawyers.

We also help victims of Lyft accidents in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Riverside, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Ramona, Poway, Lakeside, Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Jamul, Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Mesa Grande.

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