Ride sharing apps such as Lyft offer convenient transportation in cities throughout New Hampshire. While Lyft drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe manner, they sometimes fall short of this duty. As is the case with all drivers, if a Lyft driver drives his or her car in a negligent manner, it can lead to an accident that causes other individuals to sustain injuries and property damage. If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident with a Lyft driver, you should retain a New Hampshire Lyft accident lawyer to help you hold the driver liable for your damages. The attorneys of Peter Thompson and Associates jointly have over 60 years of experience representing residents of New Hampshire who are injured in car accidents in pursuing claims for damages from the responsible parties. Our skilled car accident attorneys have the knowledge needed to handle the complications that often arise in Lyft accident cases, and we will work diligently to help you pursue compensation.Imposing Liability for a Lyft Accident
Lyft accidents are distinctive in that Lyft drivers, unlike taxi drivers, do not undergo any special training prior to embarking on their duties. Instead, anyone who meets the requirements as to age, vehicle status, and criminal and driving record is eligible to become a Lyft driver. Additionally, while taxi drivers are usually employees of taxi companies, Lyft drivers are independent contractors. As a result, holding Lyft vicariously responsible for accidents caused by Lyft drivers is most likely an uphill battle. Lyft does provide liability insurance for its drivers, however, which may provide compensation for harm sustained in a Lyft accident. If you suffered bodily injuries or property damage due to a Lyft accident, an experienced Lyft accident attorney in New Hampshire can help you determine who should be held responsible for your damages.Proving a Lyft Driver’s Negligence
While determining the party who should be held financially responsible for a Lyft accident can be complicated, the manner in which an injured party proves liability is typically the same as in other car accident cases. In the majority of lawsuits arising out of Lyft accidents, the injured party will allege that the driver who caused the accident was negligent. In New Hampshire, to prove negligence, you must show that a person or entity owed you a duty of reasonable care, and the duty was breached. You must also show that the accident would not have happened absent the breach and that the breach was a substantial factor in causing the accident, even if other factors were present. Lastly, you must show that you sustained injuries or damages due to the accident. Negligence must be shown by a preponderance of the evidence, which has been interpreted to mean that your New Hampshire Lyft accident attorney must prove that it is more likely than not that the alleged negligence caused your harm.Damages Sustained in Lyft Accidents
Lyft accidents can result in property damage and bodily injuries. If you were injured in a Lyft accident, you may be able to recover the costs incurred for any treatment for your injuries and any treatment that you may need going forward. You may also be able to recover compensation for any wages that you lost or are unable to earn in the future, if your injuries affected your ability to work. You may also be able to recoup the cost of repairing any damage to your vehicle that was caused by the accident. Not all damages awarded are based on economic harm, however. Instead, in car accident cases, compensation for pain and suffering caused by the accident typically constitutes a significant portion of the damages awarded.Consult a Skilled Car Accident Attorney
Lyft drivers, like all drivers, should be held accountable for any harm caused by their negligent driving. If you were injured in a Lyft accident, you should consult a skilled Lyft accident lawyer in New Hampshire to help you develop a plan for seeking compensation. At Peter Thompson and Associates, our attorneys will work diligently to help you seek a favorable result under the facts of your case. Due to our skilled handling of New Hampshire car accident cases, we have a history of successful verdicts. We have offices in Bedford, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Manchester, New Hampshire and represent individuals throughout New Hampshire. We can be reached at 800.804.2004 or through our online form to set up a meeting.