An Experienced Ride-share Accident Attorney On Your Side
With the advent of Uber and Lyft, ride-share accidents are increasingly common. They are significant because they involve commercial insurance policies that typically have large policy limits. There are many intricacies involved in these types of cases because both Lyft and Uber use 1099 independent contractor types of agency relationships to avoid treating their drivers as employees. This is a hot topic debate for tax and benefit purposes in addition to the effects that it has on personal injury cases. If you have been involved in an accident that involves an Uber or Lyft driver, you should immediately contact a law firm that you can trust. The Injury Firm Las Vegas is well equipped to handle your personal injury case, as our lawyers practice exclusively in the field of personal injury.
What Is A Ride-share Accident?
A ride-share accident is an accident that involves an Uber or Lyft driver. Interestingly, Uber and Lyft drivers do not undergo any sort of special training to operate their vehicles for the general public’s use. There is a rudimentary vehicle inspection process but very little is done to determine whether or not a person is qualified to operate as a common carrier. This makes the Uber and Lyft business services a hot topic of debate as to whether they should undergo the same licensing processes as other types of private transportation companies, such as a taxi or limo service. Taxi and limousine services are highly regulated by Nevada’s Department of Transportation. Nevada has only given the licenses to a few select companies to operate taxi cab companies, resulting in a monopoly of sorts between a few companies. That all changed with the creation of the Uber and Lyft applications. In fact they were shut down temporarily and then allowed to operate again a short time later. Now it seems as though Uber and Lyft are here to stay, so we must now figure out how this affects the public at large, who has to share the streets and highways with these drivers.
Different Versions of Ride-Share Accidents
A ride-share accident can happen in a multitude of situations. Sometimes the Lyft or Uber driver is the cause of the accident. Sometimes a third party causes the accident, resulting in the Lyft or Uber driver (or their passenger) being injured. If a Lyft or Uber driver is the cause of an accident, then there are specific liability policy limits that are in play. These policy limits, although presently known by the Injury Firm Las Vegas, are subject to change, so we will withhold from disclosing those limits on this static website. That number is also different depending on whether or not the application is on at the time of the accident or whether or not the driver is carrying a passenger at the time of the accident in furtherance of the Uber/Lyft application. Same thing goes if the Uber or Lyft driver is not at-fault for causing the collision, there is a specific policy amount for both the application being turned on and whether or not the driver is currently carrying a fare. The difference between these two categories is stark. So you should immediately contact our Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to know your rights if you have been involved in a ride-share accident.
Who Is Held Liable In A Ride-Share Accident?
Determining liability in a ride-share accident is the same as any other accident. We have seen everything from Uber and Lyft drivers being at-fault to them being negligence free and every combination thereof. It is not uncommon for Lyft and Uber drivers to be involved in DUI accidents as there is a fare percentage of these types of accident that happen on the strip, where there is a lot of partying going on and people tend to drive intoxicated (despite the availability of these services). We have even seen accidents involving Lyft and Uber drivers that are driving while intoxicated. How scary is that? Regardless, determining fault is the same as any other motor vehicle accident. There will be a negligent party and a non-negligent (or less negligent party) that can make a claim for personal injuries against the other driver . it is very important to secure the best possible representation if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a Lyft or Uber driver because there is a lot at stake and there are many intricacies involved. You need to figure out who was at fault, which policy comes into effect, and where to submit claims, as these are not obvious from just looking at a copy of the police report. You should avoid giving any statements to any adjusters prior to retaining an attorney who can guide you through the process.
I Was Injured In A Ride-Share Accident. What Do I Do Now?
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you should pick up the phone and call the Injury Firm Las Vegas to immediately speak to an attorney. We make house calls and service Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Green Valley, Mountains Edge, and Boulder City. If you call our law office, we will have an attorney speak with you right away to better explain your rights and obligations. This is very critical to establish your personal injury case.