Lyft and Uber have become popular transportation systems in Las Vegas. Although Las Vegas was once overrun with taxi cabs, ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber established their dominance in 2017 and Southern Nevada hasn’t looked back since. Moreover, in late 2017, Lyft began offering services throughout all of Las Vegas, Clark County, Nye County, and Pahrump.
As great a means of alternative transportation it is, ridesharing is not 100 percent safe and accidents can still happen. In addition, Lyft maintains a complex set of rules for its drivers with these types of accident claims, and they can often be very confusing to navigate. At The Injury Firm, our Las Vegas Lyft accident attorneys have the experience you need to fight back against a negligent driver and Lyft. If you were hurt in a Lyft accident, please contact us immediately so we can begin working on your case.
Three Things You Need to Do After a Clark County, NV Lyft Accident
Seek medical treatment
If you were involved in a Lyft auto accident that resulted in an injury, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Even if you feel you are not that hurt, you should still get yourself checked out to rule out any underlying ailments, such as a traumatic brain injury, internal bleeding, or minor fracture. Aside from the fact that it is in your best interest for your health, it is also in your best interest in the event you decide to file a personal injury claim against Lyft. By seeing a doctor, you will document the time and day of the injury, which will support the accident report you file with the police (see next section).
Contact local authorities to advise of the accident
If you are involved in a Lyft accident, you should report the accident to local authorities as soon as possible. In most cases, Lyft drivers and passengers fail to report the accident to police, which can negatively impact the outcome of a personal injury claim. Each passenger involved in the crash should make an official report and ensure they retain a copy of the report for their records.
Contact Lyft to advise of the accident
Last but not least, you should report your accident to Lyft as quickly as possible. Lyft has a set procedure in place that helps its patrons report incidents that arise to their critical response team. We cannot stress this enough — you should report an accident to Lyft as soon as you are able to. You may do this through the app itself or through their website. If you are unsure how to do this, or you have trouble making an official report, please contact us immediately so we can help you.
Lyft’s three-step insurance structure
Lyft accidents can be a bit more intricate than the traditional car accident. This is in large part due to their insurance structuring. Lyft employs a three-step insurance structure. Under this structure, Lyft drivers operate their vehicles as independent contractors. Therefore, if you’ve been involved in a Lyft wreck, you need an attorney to help you. An attorney can help set up a claim and prove who was at fault for the crash, whether it was the company, the driver, or both. There are a few different scenarios that you may encounter after a Lyft crash. These scenarios are:
The Lyft driver was “off the clock”: If a Lyft driver is party to an accident but not actively working. In this scenario, the drivers personal insurance carrier will be responsible for bodily injury claims.
The Lyft driver was headed to pick up his or her passenger(s): If a Lyft driver is operating with their Lyft app active, or “on-the-clock”, but they do not have any passengers in their vehicles, they are covered under the Lyft contingent insurance coverage.
The Lyft driver had passengers in his or her vehicle: When patrons are in the vehicle, the Lyft becomes covered under Lyft’s commercial policy. If an accident occurs during this time, you may bring a lawsuit against Lyft’s commercial insurance carrier.
Collecting compensation after a Lyft accident
We have good news and bad news for this section. The good news is, if you were involved in a Lyft accident in Nevada, you are protected under Nevada law to collect maximum compensation for your injuries. The bad news? Lyft insurers are known to offer low values for accident claims brought against them, and it is not at all uncommon for them to deny a claim altogether! By contacting our Las Vegas car accident attorneys, we will hold these insurance companies accountable for their insured’s actions. We will fight for maximum compensation for your injuries, including:
Therapy and on-going medical care;
Short- and long-term disability;
Emotional pain and suffering; and
Wrongful death lawsuits
Have you been hurt in a Lyft accident in Las Vegas?
No need to stress any more than you already are. We can help you. By working with our law firm, you are working with a top-rated auto accident lawyer who has the skills and legal expertise you need to win a Lyft accident claim. If you or a loved one were hurt in a Lyft accident, regardless of whether you were a passenger, another vehicle, or a pedestrian, please give us a call now at (702) 800-0988 for a free case review. We are available day or night, and we have a track record of proven success representing the residents of Las Vegas and all of Southern Nevada.
Frequently asked questions
How can I find out if my Lyft driver was actually “on the job?”
It is not difficult to subpoena this information from Lyft. That said, if you are injured, you should not worry about this minute detail. Allow our law firm to obtain this information. As your Las Vegas Lyft accident lawyer, we will figure out whether or not your driver was on the job at the time of your accident.
The Lyft driver is suggesting I am at fault for the accident. What are my options?
Disputes centered around fault and liability in a car accident claim are not at all uncommon. Collisions involving rideshare vehicles bear no difference. Even if you suspect you may be at fault, it is critical that you do not admit this at the scene of the accident as it may later be used against you. Even something like, “you came out of no where!” could be twisted into your fault, as the opposing driver could argue you were distracted driving. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Brian M. Boyer knows what evidence is mandatory in establishing fault, and he is an expert of finding it.
Lets say, for example, we interview witnesses and compare their statements to the police report. That, in conjunction with any photographic, video, or bystander evidence could be extremely helpful in depicting how the accident happened and who is at fault.
A Lyft vehicle crashed into me. Who do I sue?
If the Lyft driver acted negligently, the Lyft driver or the applicable insurance company is responsible for the accident and your resulting injuries. You will make a claim against the negligent driver’s insurance company. The big question in any wreck is who was at fault so it is in your best interest to contact our law firm immediately if you have been hurt in this type of car crash.
I was a passenger in a lyft an another vehicle caused the crash. Who do I sue?
If another driver was responsible for the accident and caused bodily harm to you or a loved one, you can file a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. In some cases, the Lyft driver and negligent driver share a percentage of blame. In this case, you may have a valid injury claim against both drivers. Although State minimums are currently set at $25,000 per person per accident, in some cases, we’ve been able to find uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage which can result in even more money in your pocket. Establishing fault can be very complicated and as a victim, you should focus solely on recovering. Let our attorney do the digging for you.
What injuries am I likely to suffer from after a Lyft accident?
Lyft accident injuries typically mirror other car accident injuries; however, as most Lyft passengers travel in the backseat, their injuries are more likely to mimic those of other passenger car accident victims. For example, in a rear-end collision, back seat passengers are more likely to suffer from back and neck injuries than a front-seat passenger of a vehicle.
My loved one died in a Lyft accident. Can I sue?
Depending on your relation to the victim, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If your loved one has passed as a result of a Lyft accident, contact our wrongful death attorney to discuss your options in a free consultation.
Lyft is calling me for a statement. What should I say?
If Lyft is contacting you, it’s most likely in an attempt to cover their rear-end. Therefore, you should kindly tell them that you are not comfortable discussing anything without first consulting with an attorney. Even if they are offering you a settlement on the spot, it is in your best interest to speak with a dedicated lawyer to help you reach maximum compensation. It is also important that you decline a recorded statement, as this can be used against you later, or to make the Lyft driver look innocent. Instead of speaking with the insurance company, speak with The Injury Firm today by calling (702) 800-0988.
“I got into an accident that wasn’t my fault. When my insurance wanted to hold me accountable for it I didn’t know who to call so I reached out to The Injury Firm. I can’t tell you how satisfied I was! It was like having a personal assistant. They took care of everything for me. I hope I never get in an accident again but if I do, they’ll be the first call I make.” – Omid S.
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If you or a loved one have experienced a personal injury following an accident, do not try to manage the complicated insurance negotiations and legal paperwork alone. You need legal representation you can trust, so call Brian M. Boyer at (702) 800-0988 for a free and confidential case review.