NYC Lyft Accident Attorney

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Michael J.Redenburg, Esq. P.C. is an esteemed legal practice in New York City with considerable knowledge of, and experience with, Lyft accidents. We have a track record of successful outcomes for clients who have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of others. Not only are our credentials impressive, but our litigation skills are renowned. We have been serving clients throughout the five boroughs and in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties for more than a decade. If you have been injured in a Lyft accident, our capable attorneys are prepared to protect your rights. The law entitles you to damages to compensate you for your injuries and all related costs and Michael J. Redenburg will fight to win you every dollar you’re entitled to.

Why Our Services Are Invaluable if You’ve Been Injured in a Lyft Accident

It is difficult enough to deal with any car accident, but even more challenging if you are filing a lawsuit for a claim in a rideshare collision. Because Lyft drivers are not considered employees of the company, but rather independent contractors, insurance and legal matters become more complex. Since insurance companies have the upper hand in any accident to begin with, it is vital that you have highly skilled Lyft accident attorneys to level the playing field.

As your effective and empathic advocates, the attorneys at Michael J. Redenburg will:

  • Handle all communications with opposing attorneys and insurance adjusters
  • File any necessary paperwork promptly and correctly
  • Investigate the site of your accident
  • Examining police records and medical reports
  • Check out any prior history of negligence on the part of the defendant(s)
  • Interview witnesses while their memories are still clear
  • Keep you apprised of any important developments
  • Consult with experts who may testify about your injuries or other matters pertinent to your case

Above all, we will create a strong strategy to fight for a substantial settlement, whether through agile negotiations or doing a tactical courtroom battle.

Even Urban Lyft Injuries Can Be Severe

Most people believe that serious car accident injuries occur only on highways when vehicles are moving at elevated speeds. Nonetheless, many individuals are severely, even permanently or fatally, injured while traveling on congested city streets. Depending on the angle of impact and other factors, passengers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other drivers may suffer one of the following, often life-altering injuries:

  • Amputation
  • Bone fractures
  • Internal bleeding
  • Loss of hearing
  • Loss of vision
  • Organ damage or loss
  • Spinal cord injuries (partial or complete paralysis)
  • Traumatic brain injuries resulting in permanent disability
  • Whiplash

At Michael J. Redenburg, we are aware that your suffering cannot be undone. We view our mission as providing you with the resources to adjust to your new normal — physically, emotionally, and financially. To this end, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win you the damages you deserve.

Damages Our Lyft Accident Attorney Will Fight For

Depending on the unique features of your case, our attorneys will seek compensation for economic damages, such as:

  • Medical, surgical, and rehabilitation costs
  • Psychological counseling
  • Lost income, current and future
  • Property damage
  • Household services, child care, pet care
  • Transportation costs

And non-economic damages for losses difficult to evaluate, like:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Loss of physical function (e.g. mobility, bladder or bowel function)
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If you have lost a loved one to wrongful death in a Lyft accident, you can depend on Michael J. Redenburg to see you through the painful process of recouping final medical costs, funeral expenses, lost financial support and the unseen wound of loss of companionship.

What contributes to Lyft accidents?

Although many people appreciate the ease and efficiency of using Lyft’s rideshare services and the generally cleaner vehicles and more personable drivers offered by the app, there is a downside to traveling by Lyft. Following is a list of reasons Lyft may put you at greater risk of personal injury than other types of transportation:

  • Lyft drivers work on their own schedules and, in an effort to earn more, may work excessively long hours, resulting in dangerous fatigue or sleepiness
  • Lyft drivers are only loosely vetted and are not drug tested
  • Lyft drivers are not trained by the company they work for
  • Some Lyft drivers may have been licensed drivers for as little as one year

In addition to the laxity of supervision that may make Lyft drivers more likely to be involved in traffic accidents, collecting damages after a Lyft accident is much more tricky.

What makes Lyft accidents more complex than typical traffic accidents?

Though Lyft is required by law to carry a $1 million liability policy for each of its drivers, that amount is not able to be tapped for your damages unless the Lyft driver was “at work” at the time the accident occurred. This means that only when the driver is connected to the Lyft app does the corporation have any liability.

In order for the company to be liable, the driver must be either [1] cruising while waiting for instructions from Lyft on the app [2] on the way to pick up a passenger or [3] bringing a passenger to a destination. Otherwise, the private insurance of the individual driver, which is likely to be miniscule by comparison, is the fallback.

Contact Our NYC Lyft Accident Attorney

As you can see, there are multiple reasons you need a highly competent attorney if you want to collect meaningful damages after suffering a serious injury in a Lyft accident. You need a lawyer completely familiar with New York State traffic laws as well as laws regarding rideshare vehicles. You need an attorney who will treat you with compassion and respect and answer all your questions. You need Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. Contact our office today for a consultation regarding your case.