Rideshare Accident Lawyer In Las Vegas
In Las Vegas, the rideshare services provided by Lyft and Uber are a very popular way of getting around.
The popularity of such ridesharing companies has been further spurred on by the cultural enthusiasm for technology-based economic disruption and political support in Nevada.
It was hoped that the emergence of ridesharing services would reduce impaired driving, give people the flexibility to supplement their incomes, and provide an alternative to people dissatisfied with taxis, but in reality, rideshare drivers are capable of making mistakes or acting irresponsibly more often than others.
Ridesharing Companies are Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) In Nevada
Ridesharing services companies such as Uber and Lyft are classified as “Transportation Network Companies” (TNC) in Nevada.
Nevada Revised Code 706(A) defines a Transportation Network Company or “TNC” as an “entity that uses a digital network or software application service to connect a passenger to a driver who can provide transportation services to the passenger.”
TNC drivers in Nevada are required to obtain a TNC permit number decal, Nevada business license, and Clark County business license (for drivers in Las Vegas).
Uber And Lyft’s Controversial Relation With Their Drivers
Individuals who drive for Uber and Lyft in Las Vegas are not considered employees. Instead, they are driving in the capacity of independent contractors who are under a contract to offer and perform services on behalf of these ridesharing companies. Both Uber and Lyft require their drivers to sign acknowledgments stating they are “independent contractors.” Unlike employees, independent contractors are personally liable for damages they cause.
Uber and Lyft Accident Reporting
It is important to note that while both Uber and Lyft have an accident reporting hotline, Pacific West Injury Law recommends that you do not speak directly with them or give a recorded statement. You are not required to provide any statement without your attorney being present.
The Nevada legal system provides legal recourse for you to seek monetary compensation after a rideshare accident if an Uber or Lyft driver was at fault or acting negligently.
Liability In An Uber Or Lyft Accident In Las Vegas
The controversial arrangement between ridesharing services companies with their drivers helps these companies escape responsibility and legal liability.
If you are injured in an accident involving a Uber or Lyft vehicle, as a driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian in Las Vegas, Henderson, or North Las Vegas, who is liable to compensate you depends on the driver’s status at the time of the accident.
If an accident occurs when the driver is not on the app., the driver is accountable, and you will need to file a claim with the driver’s insurer.
If you were injured while the driver was awaiting a request, you may collect compensation from Uber or Lyft’s liability policy, and also any supplemental insurance held by the driver.
If you were injured while the driver was on his way to pick up a passenger or while the passenger was in the car, you are fully covered by Uber or Lyft’s one million dollars third-party liability coverage.
Accidents involving Uber and Lyft often involve three insurance companies – Uber or Lyft insurers, the Uber or Lyft driver’s private insurer, and the insurance companies of others involved. These insurance companies work in collusion to try to play down a victim’s injuries or shift blame or claim no one was at fault. In such circumstances, recovering financial compensation becomes very stressful and difficult for the victims unless they have an experienced Las Vegas Uber and Lyft accident lawyer to guide and represent them.
Insurance policies of Uber and Lyft can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
Damages That A Victim of An Uber Or Lyft Accident Can Claim
Under Nevada law, If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a Lyft or Uber driver, or as a passenger with Uber, Lyft, or another ridesharing company, you may be able to recover financial compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.
The amount of these damages will depend on many factors, such as the severity of your injuries, the extent of your pain and suffering, how your earning capacity has been affected, and what kind of medical care you may need going forward.
Economic expenses are those that can be calculated. They include damages such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and costs of rehabilitation.
Non-economic damages are more intangible and include pain and suffering, anguish and emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and companionship
The family of someone who is killed in a Uber/Lyft accident can sue for wrongful death to recover both economic and non-economic damages.
Pacific West Injury Law – Providing Accurate And Reliable Legal Representation To Accident Victims In Las Vegas, Henderson, And North Las Vegas
Because of complicated insurance policies, victims of Uber and Lyft accidents may find themselves being offered low settlement offers that won’t be enough to cover even hospital bills and loss of wage costs.
A ridesharing accident lawyer at Pacific West Injury Law will communicate with insurers on your behalf, help with investigations, determine fault and liability and help you navigate through the various steps in the claim process.
At Pacific West Injury Law, we know how to stand up to powerful corporate giants like Uber and Lyft on behalf of our clients and make sure that they receive a fair and just compensation
If you or your loved one has been injured due to the carelessness or negligence of an Uber or Lyft driver in Las Vegas, Henderson, or North Las Vegas, you deserve to be duly compensated for the injuries suffered and other damages. Contact Pacific West Injury Law to schedule a free case evaluation with an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer.