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Experience:  Twenty one years experience as a lawyer in New York and New Jersey. Former Appellate Law Clerk.
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If I'm involved in a car accident (got hit in back at stop

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if I'm involved in a car accident (got hit in back at stop light), can I as for the wages I've lost while my car was in the shop being repaired?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: in California.
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: C
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I'm a Lyft driver and work 4-5 says a week.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Thomas Swartz replied 10 months ago.


Lost wages are frequently part of automobile accident claims. Usually they are made when there is personal injury involved and the person is unable to work because of the injury.

But it is also the case that if you make your living using your vehicle to make a living earning wages, you can also seek lost wages as part of your claim.

So, yes you can claim the lost wages you would have earned as a Lyft driver while your vehicle was being repaired.