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Nevada Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer

Ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft have made getting around easier than ever before. By being able to order an Uber or Lyft driver anytime and anywhere you want, the number of rideshare drivers have increased on the road in order to accommodate this demand. As a result, the chances of getting into a rideshare accident is more likely than you think. According to a 2021 study that observed the impact of transportation companies, ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft increase the duration of road congestion by 4.5%, bringing up the national average.

Much like a car accident, a rideshare accident can be just as devastating depending on the scale of the accident. However, the only difference between the two is that trying to determine liability in a Lyft or Uber accident is a lengthy and frustrating process, because there are multiple insurance companies conducting their own investigation and trying to shift liability onto the other. This process can delay the awarded compensation by months and possibly years, so it is important that you pursue an experienced attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve.

At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our team of rideshare accident attorneys are experienced in handling these cases with care and integrity. With over 60 years of collective legal experience in personal injury cases, our rideshare accident attorneys are confident that they will deliver satisfying results to our deserving clients.

We have recovered over $1.6 billion in financial compensation to our clients and we will continue to do our duty to answer any questions or concerns they have about their case. In fact, our dedicated team of lawyers are available 24/7 to assist you throughout the entire legal process and will be there every step of the way.

We run on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay no fees until you win. To schedule a FREE consultation, you can get in touch with us by calling us at (702) 222-9285 or by filling out our quick online contact form.

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Common Types of Injuries Eligible For Compensation

As rideshare accidents are much like a car accident, the types of injuries found in an Uber or Lyft accident are very similar. Injuries such as whiplash and blunt force trauma are generally seen in a motor vehicle accident, however, the severity of these injuries can vary based on the accident. In fact, according to a 2021 vehicle incident report conducted by the National Safety Council, roughly 4,240,000 people have suffered non-fatal injuries in automobile accidents.

While the fatality rate of an accident involving an Uber or Lyft is very low, the chances of sustaining non-fatal injuries is very likely. With that in mind, if you have been involved in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, seek immediate medical care if you have experienced any of the following injuries.

What Types of Accidents Are Typical In An Uber or Lyft Accident Case?

An accident involving a rideshare driver is typically classified as a standard car accident due to the types of damages that can be inflicted onto multiple vehicles. Accidents such as head-on collisions, intersection accidents, single-car and multi car accidents, and hit-and-runs are what is generally seen in a Nevada car accident and they can happen to anybody.

However, collisions with other types of vehicles are very common and can cause serious injury depending on the scenario. As such, if you have been involved in any of the following traffic accidents while as a passenger or as a Uber or Lyft driver, then it is recommended to seek legal representation to ensure that your rideshare accident case is properly represented.

What's the Insurance Coverage of Uber and Lyft Drivers?

Uber and Lyft utilize a third party insurance provider that allows them to cover their drivers if they ever get involved in an auto accident. However, it is important to note that they have different types of coverage depending on the driver's online/trip status and some of these policies are only accessible to rideshare drivers if they meet a specific set of rules.

For example, if Uber drivers get into an accident when they are not using the app then they would be held liable for any injuries and damages if they are the ones who caused it. In these cases, the driver's personal insurance policy would be used to cover all injuries, medical expenses, and property damage costs, because the rideshare company cannot be held liable since the driver was not using the app.

However, if the Uber of Lyft driver causes an accident when they are just online then that is where partial coverage kicks in. According to Uber's driver insurance policy, the rideshare company's third-party liability insurance covers around $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident.

For rideshare accidents that occur when drivers are completing a trip, the insurance policy covers at least $1,000,000 for property damage and injuries to riders and third party drivers involved in the accident. Lyft driver's insurance policy is the exact same as Uber's in terms of compensation, but there are slight differences in the range of coverage and deductibles.

Who is Liable in a Uber or Lyft Accident?

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If you have been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, trying to determine who is liable can become a frustrating process, because there are many different factors that can drastically affect liability in an rideshare accident. As Uber and Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors, rideshare companies are not entirely responsible for their actions unless there is a direct correlation or affiliation in a car accident. So if you have been involved in an rideshare accident, it is important to understand the complexities of some possible accidents in order to correctly file a personal injury claim for your attorney.

You Have Been Involved a Rideshare Accident as a Passenger

If your Uber or Lyft driver gets into an accident while you are a passenger, you cannot be held liable for the car accident unless you had a major role that has caused the accident. Otherwise, the liability of this scenario will be held either by the rideshare driver or by the other drivers. So if you have sustained any serious injuries that require medical treatment and attention, then either the rideshare company's insurance, or the other driver's personal insurance company may compensate you for your injuries.

You Have Gotten Into an Accident With a Rideshare Driver

If you have gotten involved in an accident with a rideshare driver, it is important to determine liability and who was negligent in this scenario, because it can ultimately determine which insurance company will be compensating the accident victims. The experience is very much like a standard car accident, however, if you are an Uber driver who has caused the accident, then it is important that you check to see if you meet all of the requirements to access Uber's liability coverage, because their coverage is more comprehensive than your standard residential car insurance policy.

What Is the Average Compensation for a Rideshare Accident Claim?

When it comes to the compensation amount for a rideshare accident, it will be dependent on the scale and severity of the accident in question. For example, if you were involved in a severe Las Vegas Uber accident that has left you with high medical bills and lost wages, then a skilled Lyft accident attorney can help you get rewarded anywhere in the five to six figure range to cover all economical and non-economical damages. However, if you have sustained a life long injury or suffered tragic losses such as permanent brain injury or a wrongful death, then you would be eligible to earn anywhere within the six to seven figure range.

Need a Nevada Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer?

If you were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident due to someone's negligence, you may be eligible for fair compensation. As rideshare accidents are notorious for taking a significant amount of time to determine liability, you need an experienced attorney who not only really understands Nevada state law, but is someone who can help your personal injury claim get processed and filed at a timely rate.

At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our team of rideshare accident lawyers are experienced and well versed in handling complex Uber and Lyft accident cases. With over 60 collective years of legal experience, we are confident that we can get the maximum compensation you deserve for your damages and sustained losses.

We are a reputable personal injury law firm that has recovered over $1.6 billion in financial compensation for our clients and we will continue to do our duty to ensure they receive the full and fair compensation they deserve. Even in the most complex cases, our dedicated team of attorneys will fight for you and are readily available to address any of your legal needs.

To schedule a FREE consultation, we welcome you to reach out to our 24/7 legal team by calling us at (702) 222-9285 or by completing our online contact form.

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Most Frequently Asked Questions About Uber and Lyft Accidents In Nevada

What Should You Do After Being Involved In an Uber And Lyft Accident?

If you have been involved in a serious Uber and Lyft accident in Nevada, you should call 911 and have first responders arrive at the accident scene to take control of the accident. If anybody has sustained serious medical injuries, it is vital that they seek medical attention immediately before it gets worse.

If no one requires immediate medical attention, then it is recommended to document the incident by taking photos, getting copies of any police reports, and written witness statements. Once you have gathered the appropriate amount of proof, you can file a claim to the rideshare company so they can process it and issue any necessary payments.

If there are any issues in how the rideshare driver's insurance company determined liability, or if you have not received fair compensation for your Lyft and Uber accident case, then it is recommended to pursue legal action for your case.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim if I Was Injured?

In the state of Nevada, you have up to two years to file a misdemeanor and four years to file for a felony as per section 171.090 and section 171.085 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. Whether you are filing for a misdemeanor or a felony, it is best to file a claim with an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer as soon as possible. Should you choose to wait, you risk losing the right to file a rideshare accident claim and recover compensation for any incurred damages.

How Is Liability Determined in Nevada?

Section 41.1395 of Nevada's Revised Statutes states that liability is determined by whoever is at most fault of the accident and the victim becomes eligible for compensation for any sustained damages. However, depending on the nature of the accident, if the victim is partially responsible for causing the accident, then their awarded compensation is reduced to take account for that.

How Much Does A Nevada Uber Accident Lawyer Cost?

The overall cost of a personal injury attorney will be dependent on what kind of pay structure they utilize. However, most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency based system where they won't get paid unless they win a case or receive a settlement offer for their client.

With that mind, the contingency fee can range anywhere between 25%-40%, but most Uber and Lyft accident lawyers average around 33%. If you are unsure about the total value of your case, a personal injury lawyer will generally offer free consultation on all potential cases.

What Is the Average Settlement for a Rideshare Accident Case?

The average settlement for a Uber and Lyft accident case can be anywhere within the five to six figure range. However, it is important to note that the compensation amount will be ent

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