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Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have become very popular in most major American cities, offering an easy alternative to taxis and public transportation. However, when Uber and Lyft drivers get into accidents with other drivers, determining liability and sorting through the related insurance issues can be extremely complex. If you or a relative sustained injuries in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, contact DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo today to schedule a free case evaluation with a Las Vegas Uber/Lyft accident lawyer.
Uber and Lyft must offer insurance coverage in the event one of their drivers causes an accident and both companies offer accident coverage up to one million dollars for a single incident. However, there are countless disclaimers and exclusions to these policies, and coverage only applies in very specific situations. An attorney can help determine if Uber or Lyft are liable for a client’s injuries or if liability falls to one or more other defendants.
A Las Vegas personal injury attorney can also handle the client’s other insurance issues, subpoena evidence like phone records and traffic camera data, and arrange for expert witnesses to testify in support of the client’s case. Safety experts, engineers, medical professionals, and financial experts are some of the most commonly seen expert witnesses in car accident cases.
After the advent of rideshare companies, the unclear nature of liability for accidents with rideshare drivers spurred U.S. lawmakers to create insurance coverage requirements for these companies. Today, both Uber and Lyft carry insurance policies that apply to any accident that occurs with one of their drivers who is on the clock at the time of the accident.
In some cases, a third party causes an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, and liability for this incident would likely fall to that at-fault driver. Uber and Lyft drivers should also know that their own personal auto insurance coverage will likely not apply if they get into an accident while driving for pay. Every driver should pay very close attention to the fine print of their auto insurance policies if they plan to take up driving for Uber or Lyft for extra income.
There is no set amount of compensation paid to an Uber or Lyft accident victim in the Las Vegas area. Rather, the insurance carriers or a personal injury jury will examine the facts of the case at hand. Each case is different. Several factors can influence how much compensation a person receives if their claim is successful. These factors include:
The goal is for an Uber or Lyft accident victim to receive enough compensation to make them “whole” after the incident, and this figure will be different for every case.
Vehicle accident victims in Las Vegas, including those harmed in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, have a limited amount of time to file their claims. First, the insurance carriers involved in these cases are going to have very specific deadlines. We encourage individuals harmed in a rideshare accident to file an insurance claim as soon as possible.
Additionally, the Nevada personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. If an Uber or Lyft accident victim fails to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party within this timeframe, they will likely not be able to recover any compensation for their losses.
It can seem impossible to be able to afford a legal team after sustaining an injury in an Uber or Lyft accident. However, our rideshare accident lawyers handle these claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that crash victims do not pay anything until after we successfully recover the compensation they are entitled to. The total legal fees will be an agreed-upon percentage of the settlement or jury verdict. Additionally, if we do not win the case, our clients will pay absolutely nothing in legal fees.
There are various steps that rideshare accident victims in Las Vegas can take that could help improve their chances of recovering more compensation. However, the primary objective after an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle is your personal health, which is reflected in a few steps:
Due to the myriad insurance complications that can arise from an Uber or Lyft accident, hiring an attorney to handle your claim is a wise choice. An attorney can help you navigate complex insurance issues, determine liability for your accident, and gather the evidence you need to prove the full extent of your damages. Contact DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo in Las Vegas today at (702) 466-1492 to schedule a free consultation with a Las Vegas Uber/Lyft accident attorney.