Rideshare Accident Attorneys
Victims who are injured in Uber and Lyft accidents often find themselves tangled in a web of insurance company coverages, at-fault drivers, attorneys, and massive rideshare companies. At Hicks & Brasier, our injury lawyers can guide you through the maze to help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
For help figuring out who’s responsible and how to recover after a Uber or Lyft accident, call the injury attorneys at Hicks & Brasier. 702-628-9888.
Who Is Responsible for Uber & Lyft Accidents?
Determining who’s responsible in an Uber or Lyft accident can be difficult because there are so many factors involved. The person or entity who holds legal responsibility depends on the driver’s app status when the crash happens, the cause of the crash, and the insurance coverages available.
The Status of the Driver
Although both Uber and Lyft provide up to $1.5 million in insurance coverage for victims of rideshare accidents, that coverage may not apply to your case, or it may only partially be available.
Rideshare drivers must be logged in to the Uber or Lyft app at the time of the accident for the injuries to be covered by the rideshare company’s insurance policy. If the at-fault driver was not logged into the rideshare app when the crash occurred, his or her own insurance policy will most likely be responsible for paying for your injuries and losses.
If the at-fault driver was logged in to the app, but waiting to accept a ride request when the car accident happened, Uber and Lyft provide third-party liability coverage of up to $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for bodily injuries. They also provide up to $25,000 in coverage for property damage.
If the driver was logged in to the app and en route to pick up a passenger or transporting a passenger, the rideshare companies offer up to $1.5 million in coverage for damages.
The Cause of the Crash
Rideshare accidents are not always the fault of the contracted driver. Sometimes other factors cause Uber or Lyft crashes. When this happens, determining liability can be tricky.
If another driver caused the crash, his or her insurance company is responsible for damages. If the other driver’s insurance policy is not enough to cover the injuries, or the at-fault driver is uninsured, however, Uber & Lyft may provide uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage to pay for your injuries.
In some cases, multiple factors combine to cause rideshare accidents. Since Nevada follows a modified comparative negligence rule, damages are proportioned by fault. So even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be able to recover damages.
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What to Do After a Rideshare Accident in Nevada
The steps you take after a rideshare accident can help ensure your right to recover compensation is protected.
The first thing to do after a rideshare accident is to check for injuries. Since some serious or even deadly injuries may not be apparent right away, call 911 and get help on the way even if everyone appears to be okay. If your own injuries are not severe, be sure to follow-up with a doctor as soon as possible.
Be sure to get the name and contact information of the rideshare driver, any witnesses who may have seen what happened, and any other drivers involved. If you are not seriously injured, use your smartphone to record videos or take pictures of the crash scene, property damage, and anything else that could be used as evidence in your case.
While it is important to report the accident and explain what happened with honesty, saying the wrong thing could cause you to lose your right to compensation. Statements that you make right after a crash – when you’re still in shock and adrenaline is running high – may be used against you later.
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. An injury lawyer with Hicks & Brasier can help ensure your recovery is maximized.