You were headed to the airport, and you decided to order transportation through a ridesharing app. It’ll be a quick trip, you thought, plus it’s convenient to let someone else drive.
Your driver arrived, you hopped in the car, the ride began. Then the unthinkable happened: you suffered a rideshare accident.
Nevada has precise rules that cover rideshare accidents, and you will need the services of a rideshare accident attorney to navigate the legal road ahead. The team at Eric Blank Injury Attorneys has successfully represented clients involved in rideshare accidents. Here, we describe some of the basic concepts regarding ridesharing and what to do if you or a loved one were involved in a rideshare accident.
Nevada law states that a rideshare company is “an entity that uses a digital network or software application service to connect a passenger to a driver or monitored autonomous vehicle provider who can provide transportation services to the passenger.” In other words, a rideshare company is one that offers an app used by customers to hire transportation.
Nevada requires rideshare companies to perform background checks of candidates’ driving records and criminal histories. Potential drivers must also show proof of personal liability insurance that meets Nevada’s minimum legal requirement of $25,000 per person for bodily injury or death, $50,000 per accident for bodily injury or death, and $20,000 per person for property damage. The rideshare companies have separate liability coverage.
Rideshare drivers, who are usually independent contractors, use their own vehicles. They have a different legal classification than drivers for taxi or limousine companies.
A rideshare accident attorney is familiar with Nevada’s statutes on the distinctions between drivers and how the state regulates the insurance process.
Should you ever experience a rideshare accident as a passenger, concentrate on your own injuries first. Do not make any sudden moves. Call 9-1-1. Even if you feel OK, go to the hospital to be examined for a possible concussion or internal injuries.
If you can, use your phone to take pictures of the accident, the drivers, and the license plates of the vehicles. Ask witnesses if you may film them as they relate what they saw (it is easier to record them than find paper and a pen to write down their accounts). Be sure to get their contact details. Also, report the accident in the ridesharing app.
A rideshare accident is not limited to rideshare passengers. For example, you might be a driver or passenger in another car. You could be a bicyclist or a pedestrian. Your personal property, business, or home might be damaged in a rideshare accident.
As noted, if you’re involved in a rideshare accident, be sure to focus on your own injuries first. If possible, collect information from witnesses before you go to the hospital.
Nevada is a tort state, meaning that the people who are responsible for causing the accident are required to pay damages. Determining who is at fault is rarely simple, and the final verdict is often decided in court.
Separately, rideshare accidents are their own unique arena within the world of car accidents.
Each of the following scenarios has different legal implications for insurance considerations.
A rideshare accident lawyer can help you file a lawsuit to seek compensation for personal injuries, current and future medical bills, property damages, lost wages, and other losses.
Do not negotiate with insurance companies on your own. Eric Blank, founder of Eric Blank Injury Attorneys, worked for many years as an insurance attorney. He is well-versed in the strategies insurance companies use to protect their interests and avoid paying out substantial settlements.
When seeking a personal injury lawyer, you need someone who thoroughly understands Nevada’s intricate accident laws and will vigorously fight on your behalf. The rideshare accident lawyers at Eric Blank Injury Attorneys are professional, experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to seeking justice for you.
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