Ridesharing has gained popularity as a personal transportation option over the last decade because of its convenience. Companies like Uber and Lyft are especially popular in Henderson and the rest of the Las Vegas area because of tourism. Conventions, weddings, and weekend getaways bring people to the area who don’t rent a car and rely on ridesharing to get around. Similarly, Henderson residents who work in Las Vegas or visit The Strip or Downtown for business or pleasure sometimes choose ridesharing instead of dealing with parking.
However, ridesharing isn’t always safe, and its convenience isn’t always worth the potential consequences. Rushed rideshare drivers sometimes make poor choices, putting riders and others on the road at risk for accidents and injuries. Rideshare drivers work long hours driving, or driving might be an additional gig to a “day job.” In either case, drowsy drivers that get paid by the ride are a dangerous addition to Henderson’s roads.
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident in Henderson or the surrounding area, you have the legal right to sue for damages if your injuries were due to negligence. Severe accident injuries come with high medical treatment costs, force people to miss work, and create emotional and financial difficulties for households.
The skilled Henderson rideshare accident lawyers at Edward Bernstein and Associates can review the facts of your claim, determine your eligibility for compensation, and guide you on the best path forward for your situation.
Henderson Rideshare Accident Guide
- Statute of Limitations
- Types of Injuries in Accident Claims
- What to Do After a Henderson Rideshare Accident
- Fighting the Insurance Company After a Henderson Rideshare Accident
- The Henderson Rideshare Accident Attorneys at Edward Bernstein and Associates Can Help
Why Choose Edward Bernstein and Associates for Your Henderson Rideshare Accident Claim
Dealing with insurance companies, large legal teams, and investigators after suffering injuries in a rideshare accident can be stressful and frustrating, undermining your efforts to recover from your injuries. Instead of struggling with these details, let an experienced lawyer handle your rideshare accident claim.
Edward Bernstein and Associates have advocated for those injured in preventable traffic accidents for over four decades. We know how to communicate and negotiate with insurance companies, and large rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft don’t intimidate our team.
The Henderson personal injury attorneys at Edward Bernstein and Associates understand Nevada law and how it applies to rideshare accident claims. Our knowledge and resources give clients a good chance of recovering maximum compensation for their injuries when a viable claim exists, freeing up time for them to focus on healing and rehabilitation.
The Edward Bernstein and Associates Henderson office is conveniently located at 1489 West Warm Springs Road, a couple of blocks west of I-515 or north of I-215, depending on where you are driving from. We like to meet potential clients in person, but sometimes injuries or other life circumstances make this impossible. If you cannot visit our Henderson office, we offer convenient online consultations to discuss your rideshare accident and injuries.
Contact us online today or call for a free consultation with one of our team members and tell us more about how your Henderson rideshare accident injuries have impacted your life.
Henderson Rideshare Accident Compensation
If you file a claim to recover damages related to your Henderson rideshare accident and injuries, you could receive compensation for various related economic and noneconomic losses.
If you reach a settlement or a Nevada court awards you damages, you could receive compensation:
- Medical expenses, including ambulance transport, emergency room services, surgery, hospital stay, x-rays, lab tests, follow-up care, medication, and travel costs to and from the doctor or treating facility
- Estimated future medical expenses if a Henderson rideshare accident leads to a permanent injury that requires ongoing care, sometimes in a long-term nursing care facility
- Rehabilitation expenses for visits with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, mental health professional, speech therapist, or another specialist that helps those injured in traffic accidents face the physical and emotional aftermath of their injuries
- Lost employment or business income due to missing work because of a rideshare accident, injuries, and recovery
- Estimated future lost employment or business income when a Henderson rideshare accident causes an injury or condition that prevents someone from returning to their job or business or seeking future employment
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Scarring and disfigurement
If a loved one suffered fatal injuries in a Henderson rideshare accident, a compassionate rideshare attorney from Edward Bernstein and Associates can guide you and your family on the best course of action. Nevada law permits eligible survivors to file a wrongful death lawsuit when negligence leads to the death of a loved one. An experienced lawyer can review your case and determine if you have a viable rideshare wrongful death claim.
Statute of Limitations for Henderson Rideshare Accident Claim
It’s crucial that you take action as soon as possible after a Henderson rideshare accident. Each state’s laws include time limits for victims of negligence to seek compensation for damages from the negligent party responsible for their injuries.
In Nevada, the time limit, referred to as the statute of limitations, is two years. This means someone injured in a Henderson rideshare accident must take legal action within two years from the date the accident occurred. Some situations warrant an extension or for the court to pause (or toll) the statute of limitations. However, these situations are rare.
If you file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has run out for your Henderson rideshare accident claim, it’s doubtful a court will hear your case. You also lose any advantage or leverage you had for negotiating a fair settlement. This can leave you with massive debt and losses without the opportunity for any reimbursement, making it even more important that you consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after your Henderson rideshare accident.
Waiting too long to take action can also weaken your claim because the quality of evidence diminishes. The sooner you consult with an attorney at Edward Bernstein and Associates, the sooner we can investigate your claim and build a strong case for negligence against the other side.
Investigating a claim involves various activities depending on the situation. In addition to obtaining police reports, medical records, and other relevant documents, your lawyer will want to find any witnesses or photographic evidence to support your claim.
As time passes, traffic camera footage, surveillance videos that possibly show the accident, and eyewitnesses can disappear. Witnesses sometimes move away or die. At the very least, their memory of the event becomes foggy and less reliable. The skilled rideshare accident lawyers at Edward Bernstein and Associates help clients meet all legal deadlines and diligently pursue the facts of a claim to obtain the best outcome possible for their clients.
What Types of Injuries are in Henderson Rideshare Accident Claims?
Like all traffic accidents, rideshare accidents can lead to various dangerous and sometimes deadly injuries. The type and severity of an injury depend on whether someone was a rider, in another vehicle, and where they were sitting. Pedestrians, bikers, and cyclists can face more severe injuries because of their lack of protection.
If you aren’t sure whether your injury is severe enough to warrant taking legal action, you should still discuss the accident and injuries with a lawyer. During a free case review, an attorney can determine whether you’re eligible for compensation.
Some common injuries that lead to claims after traffic accidents, including rideshare accidents in Henderson, include:
- Multiple fractures throughout the body or in the same bone, especially those that require one or more corrective surgeries
- Soft tissue injuries like severe sprains and strains, torn tendons or ligaments, and damaged muscle tissue
- Brain injuries, skull injuries, and other injuries from head trauma during an accident
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Amputations or crushed limbs, especially common when someone gets pinned in or under a vehicle
If your Henderson rideshare accident injuries kept you in a hospital bed for days or weeks and/or you had to take days, weeks, or months off work, it’s likely you have a viable claim. An experienced lawyer can review your case and determine your eligibility for compensation.
What to Do After a Henderson Rideshare Accident
If you’ve been in a serious Henderson rideshare accident, you’ve likely been to the emergency room or hospital for immediate treatment. After receiving initial medical treatment, you need to follow specific guidelines to give you the best chances of recovering losses related to the accident and your injuries. They include:
Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Once you receive a treatment plan from your doctor, you must follow it closely.
Treatment plans include:
- Taking medication
- Getting a certain amount of rest
- Attending physical therapy
- Going to your primary doctor for follow-up appointments
You need to follow your doctor’s orders, so you show the rideshare company, its insurance company, and its legal team that you are making a concerted effort to heal from your injuries. Your compliance makes it hard for them to fight any permanent injuries you suffer because of the accident.
Keep Proof of Financial Loss
Economic losses make up a large portion of most personal injury claims, including those involving rideshare accidents. However, you can only recover damages you can prove.
Keep all documents that show the money you owe or have spent because of your rideshare accident. This includes car repair bills, medical bills, gas receipts for travel to the doctor or hospital, and anything else you think is relevant. You also need to save payroll and income information that proves any income you’ve lost because of your injuries. Don’t worry about saving too much. Your attorney can eliminate anything that doesn’t support your claim.
Keep a Daily Journal
Noneconomic losses also make up a large portion of many accident injury claims. They refer to intangible losses that are difficult to quantify and speak to the way your injuries have impacted your life. Examples of noneconomic losses include pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
One of the best ways to convey the physical, emotional, and financial struggles you are facing because of your injuries is by sharing a journal with your lawyer. Whether you write or take a video, a daily journal provides information about the negative consequences of your injuries. Your lawyer can use this information to justify your claim for noneconomic losses.
Fighting the Insurance Company After a Henderson Rideshare Accident
Once you bring all your information and discuss your information during a consultation with a team member from Edward Bernstein and Associates, we can evaluate your case. If we determine you have a viable claim, we can guide you through the claims process and start the process of recovering damages.
At some point, you can expect that the rideshare company will get its insurance company involved. A representative from the insurance provider will want to speak with you to get a statement about the accident and your injuries.
Hiring a lawyer to communicate with the insurance company is one of the best ways to ensure you are getting fair treatment. Insurance companies tend to avoid some of their more questionable tactics when lawyers are involved. If a representative tries to speak with you, refer them to your lawyer to avoid saying something that could hurt your claim. If you must speak with them, remain skeptical, keep it short, and don’t offer more information than needed.
Insurance providers are especially famous for asking for recorded statements and asking claimants to sign a waiver to release their medical records. Giving a recorded statement can hurt your case because the carrier will try to find something to deny or devalue your claim.
Also, they like people to release their entire medical history so they can try to blame injuries on a previous event. Edward Bernstein and Associates can fight the insurance company for you and prevent you from receiving more information than they legally need.
The Henderson Rideshare Accident Attorneys at Edward Bernstein and Associates Can Help
If you’ve been injured in a Henderson rideshare accident, you have the right to sue for damages if your injuries were due to the rideshare driver’s negligence. The skilled team of Henderson rideshare accident lawyers at Edward Bernstein and Associates can guide you through the legal process and advocate for you to get the maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us online or call (702) 728-4137 for your free consultation and learn more about how we can help.