I Was Injured in a New York City Lyft Accident. Who is Liable?

by William Mattar | July 1st, 2019

The busy streets of New York City make traveling via Lyft more attractive than trying to navigate the tight traffic in your own car. However, rideshares drivers can be distracted, leading to an accident. If you’ve been injured in a Lyft accident in New York City, there are a few things to be aware of.

Seek Medical Attention Afterward

After a car wreck, it’s common to feel stiff and sore. You may not think you need to go to the hospital if there aren’t any visible injuries; however, the adrenaline released after a wreck can make it difficult to determine exactly how hurt you are. A medical professional can check for soft tissue injuries and deep contusions that occur after a wreck, attributing your injuries to the accident and not other causes such as sports, workplace lifting, or general clumsiness.

Whiplash, especially, is very common after a car wreck and involves the violent movement of the head back and forth like a whip. Left untreated, strains and sprains can impact your range of motion, as well as your ability to move the affected limbs. Furthermore, a strain on one side of the body can lead to overcompensation on the other side which can affect your physical capabilities over the course of a lifetime.

File a Police Report

Determining the driver responsible for the accident is a matter for the police. The at-fault driver’s insurance will compensate you for your medical bills and any aftercare such as physical therapy or a chiropractor.

As a passenger in the rideshare, you’ll likely be called as a witness both at the scene by police and later in a courtroom or in mediation. Take notes immediately after the accident, including the names of everyone involved and anything else that you remember about the events leading up to the crash.

Retain Experienced Legal counsel

An experienced New York City car accident attorney can help you settle your claim fairly, with maximum compensation after your New York City Lyft accident. Insurance companies can sometimes offer small settlements, and if your injuries require ongoing care, you may not receive the compensation you deserve.

The Law Offices of William Mattar have the experience sorting through the complicated processes of filing your insurance claim after a rideshare accident. We protect your interests every step of the way, from gathering paperwork all the way to a court of law.