Over the past several years, rideshare apps have become popular across the United States and around the world. These programs allow people in need of a ride to connect with a driver near them to take them where they need to go. According to Uber, over 91 million people use their services worldwide, accounting for approximately 71 percent of the rideshare market.
Rideshare apps provide a convenient way for commuters to get from one place to another. But just like any other form of transportation, there’s always the risk of an accident. If you get hurt in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare accident, a Nevada personal injury attorney can help you seek fair and just compensation.
Any accident is scary. If you’re a passenger in a collision, you may experience anxiety and anger directly after a collision. After a rideshare accident, you can protect your rights by taking these steps.
If you have never been in a motor vehicle accident, you may wonder whether you even need an attorney. The truth is, in some cases, a personal injury attorney may not be necessary. However, at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, we have found that in most cases, an experienced attorney can make the process easier and help you secure a larger settlement. Here are just a few advantages to hiring a personal injury lawyer after a rideshare accident:
The simple answer: it depends. Insurance companies consider several factors when they determine who is financially responsible for a rideshare accident. Unlike taxi cabs, Uber and Lyft drivers are not common carriers, meaning they are not held to the same standards and financial liabilities. A few things that come into question are:
If someone other than the rideshare driver was at fault, that driver’s personal insurance will be the primary source of financial compensation. Uber or Lyft’s uninsured/underinsured insurance may help if the other driver’s insurance company does not cover all of your damages. If the rideshare driver was at fault, and they were not logged into the rideshare app, the driver’s personal insurance will cover the accident. If the rideshare driver was at fault, was logged into the system, and had a passenger (or was waiting for a passenger), the rideshare company’s insurance will come into play.
Many factors affect your final personal injury settlement. This includes the severity of your injuries, the party at fault, and other circumstances surrounding your case. While rideshare settlements will vary from case to case, common damages include:
An Uber or Lyft accident is not your typical accident. There are two major differences. First, there’s a greater complexity in understanding who is ultimately responsible for covering damages in the event of an accident. Second, these companies are multi-million dollar corporations, meaning their policy limits are higher, but they also retain experienced, expensive attorneys to represent to protect the companies’ interests.
After you are in a rideshare accident, talk to a personal injury attorney who has experience representing victims of rideshare accidents. If you were recently in a rideshare accident, contact our office at (702) 382-9797 or fill out our online form to request a free consultation.