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Often regarded as the world’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas offers around-the-clock diversions. Tourists and residents frequently use popular rideshare services like Uber and Lyft to get around—and some get into accidents.
Anyone hurt in a rideshare accident caused by someone else's negligence—whether as a passenger, pedestrian, bicyclist, or occupant of another vehicle—can seek compensation for their losses. But that can take a lot of time, effort, and experience that most people don’t have. You will need someone who can stand up and fight for you—someone like Edward Bernstein and Associates.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in an accident involving a rideshare car, an experienced Las Vegas rideshare accident attorney from Edward Bernstein and Associates can explain how we can help you.
Edward Bernstein and Associates is Here For You
With over 40 years of experience, the Edward Bernstein and Associates team knows how to handle personal injury cases of all kinds. We have the resources and know-how to obtain the compensation you deserve after a Las Vegas rideshare accident.
Contacting us is easy. The Edward Bernstein and Associates team keeps our hotline open 24/7 to ensure you can find help when you need it. And because we understand the financial strain an accident can cause, we always make your consultation with a member of our award-winning team free.
Las Vegas Rideshare Accident Guide
How Do Rideshare Accidents Happen in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas traffic accidents tend to increase in heavy traffic, when a mistake or moment of distraction can easily lead to a wreck.
During weekday rush hours, for instance, heavy commuter traffic on the I-15 freeway, especially where I-15 connects to I-515 at the Spaghetti Bowl, spawns numerous accidents. Similarly, nighttimes near the Strip often feature heavy traffic and impaired drivers.
But traffic alone does not cause accidents. Instead, most crashes happen when someone makes a mistake behind the wheel. The poor decisions and careless actions of rideshare drivers and other motorists cause most Las Vegas rideshare accidents.
Negligent Rideshare Drivers
Lyft and Uber require their drivers to operate newer model vehicles in good repair, meet the state’s minimum auto insurance coverage requirements, and have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
Despite these standards, rideshare drivers sometimes drive negligently, failing to yield, driving too fast, or following another vehicle too closely, and they cause accidents.
Distractions caused by rideshare apps also create a major concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), rideshare drivers are four times more likely than other drivers to use distracting smartphone apps while driving. In particular, rideshare drivers constantly use apps to accept and complete rides and find pick-up and drop-off locations.
Regularly consulting an app as a rideshare driver in a place like Las Vegas, with large amounts of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, creates dangerous distractions. A vehicle can travel significant distances in the time it takes for its driver to read a screen, and during that time, the driver might as well drive blindfolded.
Other Negligent Drivers
Rideshare drivers aren’t the only ones who drive dangerously in Las Vegas. According to Nevada’s Zero Fatalities traffic safety initiative, speeding is one of Silver State's top accident causes, accounting for around one-third of all crash fatalities. Seventy percent of speeding crashes occur on urban roads, with the highest concentration in Clark County.
Distracted driving is also a common cause of traffic accidents in Las Vegas, not just because of app use by rideshare drivers but also because of:
- Manual distractions like taking their hands off the wheel to eat or drink;
- Visual distractions like staring at roadside sights (a particular problem on the Strip); and
- Cognitive distractions like daydreaming or talking to passengers.
Drug and alcohol impairment causes far too many accidents in Las Vegas. Impaired drivers struggle to maintain speed and lane position, respond to emergencies, and make safe driving decisions.
Seeking Compensation for a Rideshare Accident Injury
Injured rideshare accident victims can often seek compensation for their injuries from the at-fault party’s insurance carrier or a lawsuit.
You may seek compensation if you suffer injuries as:
- A passenger in a rideshare vehicle that crashed;
- Pedestrian or bicyclist struck by a rideshare vehicle;
- An occupant of another vehicle that collided with a rideshare car;
- A rideshare driver in a crash caused by someone else.
Here is a look at the typical claims process a Las Vegas rideshare accident victim might undergo.
Hiring an Attorney
The first step to take if you want maximum compensation for your Las Vegas rideshare accident is to hire a skilled attorney. Make sure the lawyer you choose understands the ins and outs of rideshare cases, in particular.
The rideshare accident attorneys at Edward Bernstein and Associates bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and resources to obtaining compensation for rideshare accident victims' losses. We make the claim process as smooth and stress-free as possible for our clients.
Some Las Vegas rideshare accident victims hesitate to speak with an attorney out of fear they cannot afford to pay for legal services. But at Edward Bernstein and Associates, we offer free case evaluations that give you a no-cost way to learn more about your rights and how we can help you. We also handle rideshare crash cases on a contingent fee basis, which means our clients pay us nothing unless we get them results.
Determining Who You Can Hold Liable
The attorney you hire to handle your Las Vegas rideshare accident case will typically begin by investigating your claim, identifying the parties you may hold liable for your damages, and determining if they have adequate financial resources or insurance coverage to pay you what they owe.
As the victim of an accident in Las Vegas involving a rideshare car, you may claim compensation from the insurance policy that Nevada law requires all rideshare drivers to carry in addition to their personal auto insurance. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft usually pay for this insurance for their drivers.
The coverage available to you depends on the driver’s status at the moment of the accident.
- If the driver’s app was on and they were waiting for a ride request when the accident occurred, the extra insurance offers bodily injury coverage of $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage.
- If the driver was en route to pick up a passenger when the accident occurred or was transporting a passenger, the additional insurance covers up to $1 million in personal injury and property claims.
- If the driver’s app was off when the accident occurred, the extra insurance does not apply, but the driver’s personal auto insurance may.
Of course, rideshare drivers aren't the only parties you can hold at fault for an accident in Las Vegas. Other parties may share liability with a rideshare driver or deserve all the blame for what happened.
- Another motorist whose careless actions caused a crash with a rideshare car;
- A government agency or road contractor responsible for unreasonably dangerous road conditions that led to an accident;
- A manufacturer of defective auto parts that failed and triggered a collision.
At Edward Bernstein and Associates, we study the facts and gather critical evidence of your Las Vegas rideshare accident to identify all possible sources of compensation for your injuries. Contact us to learn who you can hold liable for your crash-related damages.
Valuing Your Claim
Individuals injured in Las Vegas rideshare accidents can seek compensation for the harm they suffered.
Every rideshare accident case we handle at Edward Bernstein and Associates differs, but we can recover compensation for an injured client’s:
- Medical expenses in treating an injury;
- Accident-related costs like vehicle repairs or replacement services;
- Lost income from missing work with an injury;
- Loss of future income if an injury prevents a return to work;
- Physical pain and discomfort;
- Emotional distress and mental health challenges;
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
The amount and type of damages you claim can depend on the availability of insurance, the severity of your injury, and the impact of the injury on your life and earning ability. Contact the Edward Bernstein and Associates team today to discuss the damages you may claim.
Demanding and Securing Compensation
Having established the damages our client can claim, Edward Bernstein and Associates next plans how to secure the maximum compensation available.
- Submit a claim directly to an at-fault party’s liability insurance carrier demanding payment of our client’s losses; and/or
- File a lawsuit for damages in Las Vegas-area courts against an at-fault party or its insurer.
No matter what path a particular rideshare accident case follows, it eventually leads to settlement negotiations between our team and the at-fault party's defense lawyer or insurance adjuster. We strive to negotiate from a position of strength in every case. We have secured numerous top-dollar settlements by negotiating aggressively and insisting on fair treatment for our injured clients. Most Las Vegas rideshare accident cases we handle successfully settle out of court after negotiations.
But some do not. That's why, at Edward Bernstein and Associates, we always prepare every case as if it will end up at trial in a Las Vegas courtroom. Our team has years of experience proving and winning cases in front of judges and juries. If going to court is the only way to get our clients the compensation they need to rebuild after a rideshare accident, we're ready to go the distance.
We cannot guarantee success in Las Vegas rideshare accident cases. But through our total commitment to serving our injured clients’ interests, we have earned their trust and proven that we know how to tackle and win even the most complicated rideshare crash claims.
Contact Our Experienced Las Vegas Rideshare Accident Lawyers Today
You may claim significant financial compensation if you suffered injuries in a Las Vegas rideshare accident. But you may need to act quickly to secure enough money to pay your bills and rebuild your life. In most cases, you have at most two years to claim damages for Las Vegas rideshare crash injuries and potentially as little as a few months.
Do not risk losing your rights by waiting until it’s too late to get the legal help you need. Let the experienced Las Vegas rideshare accident attorneys at Edward Bernstein and Associates evaluate your claim and provide you with options to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call (702) 840-5103 for your free rideshare accident case consultation.
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Here is a list of information you should exchange with the other party.
- Full Name
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Insurance Company Name, Address, and Phone Number
- Policy Number
- License Plate Number
- Driver’s License Number