Lyft Driver Leaves Injured Passenger After Accident

January 21, 2019 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
Lyft Driver Leaves Injured Passenger After Accident

St. Petersburg Lyft Passenger Injured in Accident and Left by Driver

Lyft drivers are charged with the task of ferrying passengers that hail them with the Lyft app to specified destinations. This is a simple enough task but as one may expect, things do not always go as planned. Like with anything else involving driving a car on the road, there is a risk of an accident occurring and injuries being sustained.   A St. Petersburg man by the name of Cameron Decker found out just how much can go wrong in a seemingly normal Lyft ride. On the night of January 6th, Cameron Decker hailed a Lyft to give him a ride to the Green Light Bar in St. Petersburg. The ride went without issue until they neared the entrance of their destination. Cameron Decker claims that the driver missed the entrance, slammed on their brakes, and crossed a double yellow line in an attempt to make a turn. A van behind the Lyft was unable to slow down in time and rear-ended the Lyft. Both drivers then pulled into a parking lot to exchange information. As this occurred, Cameron Decker states that he then realized that he had been hurt. According to Cameron Decker, he could not turn his neck to the left.

Lyft Drives Off Leaving Passenger Injured by Accident

Later on, Cameron Decker found out that he had sustained injuries to his neck, shoulder, and back. He may have been able to find out the extent of his injuries earlier had an ambulance been called. Unfortunately, the Lyft driver elected to not call an ambulance for their injured passenger and instead chose to drive off and leave Cameron Decker by the curb. An employee of the bar even attempted to intervene yet the driver according to Cameron Decker slammed their door shut and left them behind. Cameron Decker called the police but both drivers were long gone before any squad car could arrive. On top of that, the Lyft app would not be much help since the driver's information was gone when Mr. Decker tried to access it. Worst of all, when Cameron Decker attempted to get the information on the driver that left him injured directly from Lyft, they were not much help either. Cameron Decker claims that the representative he called said that they could not give him the information that he sought. Eventually, Lyft got in contact with both the driver and Cameron Dekker. Lyft's insurance carrier was notified and an adjuster was assigned to Cameron Dekker's claim.

Difficulties With Lyft After an Accident

Cameron Decker is just one of many people that have been injured in Lyft accidents and one of several that have had difficulties with Lyft drivers and Lyft themselves after such an accident. For Cameron Decker and others like him, the difficulty doesn't end once they manage to get in contact with Lyft about an accident like this. In Cameron Decker's case, he now has to contend with a Lyft accident claim and makes his living as a musician which the injury he sustained makes much more difficult. He has to go through the claims process with a painful injury and is not going to be making income so all while he is trying to get compensation he is treading water. The process of seeking compensation for his Lyft injuries could possibly take quite a while so he could be in for some serious financial woes.

Lyft Accidents and Insurance for Lyft Passengers

When a Lyft passenger is involved in an accident, they are covered by Lyft's insurance for at least 1 million in damages. This may sound fantastic but you need to remember that it is the nature of insurance companies to minimize the amount that they pay out to the best of their ability while fulfilling their obligations in an insurance policy. Lyft passengers have to make their case to the best of their ability against the defense of an insurance company with extensive resources that will find any loophole they can to not pay the settlement that a plaintiff might deserve. At the forefront of this struggle are the insurance company's insurance adjusters. These representatives of the insurance company are tasked with evaluating the credibility of a plaintiff's injury claim and representing the insurance company when communicating with the plaintiff. These insurance adjusters can be very difficult to deal with and have a few tricks that they can use to minimize the payout on your claim. Even in a case like this where the Lyft driver behaved appallingly and a passenger is clearly deserving of compensation, a settlement can still be reduced. 

How a Lyft Accident Attorney can Help You

When it comes to dealing with a Lyft accident claim, there is nothing that can benefit your pursuit of compensation like an attorney that is experienced in Lyft accident cases. Trying to file a Lyft accident claim can result in all kinds of difficulties that a plaintiff on their own may be ill-equipped to deal with. In Cameron Decker's case, the time it would take to see his claim through would take significantly less time with the assistance of an attorney. This means he loses less money treading water and gets his settlement faster so he can go on with his life. A lawyer well versed in adjuster tricks and strategies that could lower a claim could also prevent him from making a mistake like allowing an adjuster to record his statements or allow them to view his medical records. On top of this, he would not be paying the attorney a cent until they ensure that his case is handled successfully because personal injury attorney's work on a contingency fee basis. Only if the case is successful does a lawyer receive payment. Otherwise, the lawyer receives nothing since they failed to secure compensation.

Seek a Skilled Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, then do not hesitate to contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA about receiving a free consultation on your possible claim. You may have questions as to how coverage may work or how you can ensure you receive the appropriately sized settlement and the Dolman Law team is happy to oblige. Our Lawyers will be happy to hear the details of your case and outline some options for legal action you can take. Consider Dolman Law group for your legal representation with big firm results and small firm personal attention. Contact us at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA's offices by submitting an online contact form or call us at 727-451-6900. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 727-451-6900


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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