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 Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer can help you seek fair and just compensation.
What Happens After a Rideshare Accident?
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.
Check for injuries: The first thing you should do after an accident is to make sure everyone is okay. If there are any life-threatening injuries, contact 911 right away.
Gather information: Just like a standard accident, you need to exchange information with all drivers involved. This includes your Uber or Lyft driver. Make sure to write down each driver’s name, phone number, and license plate number. If there are any witnesses, get their information as well.
Take pictures: Pictures will often be your best evidence after a motor vehicle accident. In the event of a rideshare accident, you may have multiple insurance companies involved. These companies will try to manipulate the data to their advantage. Document any evidence you can, including vehicle damage, property damage, road signs, and skid marks. Take pictures of license plates and the other drivers if possible.
Contact an attorney: There are special legal considerations that can come into play in a rideshare accident. Determining who is responsible and from whom to seek compensation can be tricky. An experienced attorney can help you process your claim.
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, LLC 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 Nevada personal injury lawyer after a rideshare accident:
A personal injury attorney will take care of all the busywork. After an accident, you may not have time to fill out paperwork, gather evidence, and process a claim. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC our team will go through the evidence, talk to any witnesses, and take care of any necessary paperwork.
A personal injury attorney can help you get faster, better medical care. One of the biggest concerns we hear after an accident is, “How will I pay for my medical bills?” For many people, they don’t have the funds to take care of unexpected medical expenses. A personal injury attorney can help you understand your options after an accident. If you cannot afford your medical care, your attorney may be able to draft a letter of protection to defer your bills until the end of your case.
An attorney can help you fight for adequate compensation. It’s not uncommon for insurance companies to lowball claimants that don’t have an attorney. It’s unfortunate, but these companies rely on your lack of knowledge of your rights and your urgency to secure a settlement to get away with offering you less than you deserve.
You don’t have to deal with the insurance companies. One of the ways that insurance companies get away with offering low settlements is by manipulating the facts and making the injured party think such an offer is the best one that he or she will receive. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC we have experience dealing with corporate insurance companies. We know their tactics, and we know the value of your case. Hiring a personal injury attorney lets the other insurance companies know that you’re serious about your claim.
Who Pays for 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:
Was the rideshare driver at fault?
Did the driver have a passenger?
Was the driver logged into the rideshare app?
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.
Common Damages in a Rideshare Accident
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:
Lost wages, possibly including future wages
Pain and suffering
Loss of companionship
Injured in a Rideshare Accident? Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC Today
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.