Ridesharing has become one of the most popular modes of transport over the past decade. Between environmental concerns and the need for instant service, especially in the millennial demographic, companies like Uber and Lyft have become an important part of our daily lives. These businesses make it easier for those who don’t own their own vehicle to get around without having to wait long for service. They also are convenient for those who commute in high traffic or need a designated driver after a night out.
The problem? Humans operate rideshares, and humans make mistakes. Driving is an important responsibility and when one makes a mistake while driving, it can lead to severe injuries or death. When ridesharing accidents occur, you need to understand your rights.
Ed Bernstein is an experienced car accident lawyer in Las Vegas, and with one phone call to his law offices, you will be able to discuss your Uber/Lyft car accident.
Do You Know Your Rights After A Rideshare Accident?
It’s essential that you know your rights when you are in an Uber/Lyft, especially after an accident. Just because you’re not in your own vehicle, doesn’t mean that you can’t be compensated if the car you’re traveling in is in an accident. It’s widely – and incorrectly – assumed that you surrender your rights to compensation for damages if you are in an Uber/Lyft accident.
The good news for you is that is not the case; your medical expenses and lost wages may be covered. There are several things you can do to protect your legal rights after an accident. You should note your driver’s name and insurance information. You should also seek the legal advice of an experienced lawyer in Las Vegas like the attorneys at Ed Bernstein and Associates. Don’t delay after an accident – it’s essential that you speak to our firm as soon as you can.
Who Is Liable In A Rideshare Accident?
The biggest question that arises when there has been a Rideshare accident is who is liable? Who is the person that will pay for your medical expenses? Who is going to pay for your lost wages? What about your pain and suffering? What if you can’t work again?
By law, all Uber and Lyft drivers must carry insurance, which may pay for those expenses should an accident occur. However, there may be other sources of insurance and there could be policy limits issues if there are several injured passengers. When Uber/Lyft is involved in a car accident, an experienced Las Vegas attorney will be able to discuss the legal issues in your case, including:
- Personal insurance for the Uber driver
- Uber liability insurance attached to each ride
- Additional liability insurance for uninsured motorists assigned to each journey
- Third-party insurance, which covers when a person who caused the crash is not the Uber/Lyft driver.
The claims process doesn’t just stop with identifying sources of insurance, it also involves establishing who was at fault for the accident. The lawyers at Ed Bernstein and Associates, can explain all of the evidence that they will need to show to support your claim. This evidence may include:
- Police reports
- Medical records
- CCTV footage
- Witness reports
- Proof of income lost due to the accident
- Professional testimonies from medical doctors, accident reconstruction professionals, and financial experts
At our law offices in Las Vegas, we will review all of the evidence to ensure that your claim is quickly established. If the driver at fault denies any liability or the insurance company undervalues your claim, we will fight your claim in court. You can count on Ed Bernstein and Associates to always be in your corner.
How Do Rideshare Accidents Occur?
As with any car accident, there are several factors to consider. However, accidents in Uber/Lyft vehicles sometimes have other reasons for occurring. The drivers of these services are always on the road and may be taking rides for hours on end. When there is too much time spent behind the wheel, the chances are that there is more likely to be an accident on the road.
Other common causes of car accidents include:
- Inexperienced drivers
- Poor driver health
- Distractions like calls and texts
- App/GPS preoccupation
- Poorly maintained cars
- New driver to the area
Your lawyer will be able to help you to determine the cause of the accident and how to protect your legal righs.
Why You Should Call Ed Bernstein Today
Ed Bernstein has already settled a number of Uber/Lyft car accident cases here at our law offices in Las Vegas. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help with your case, especially when insurance cases can be very difficult to handle alone. Rather than deal with the case by yourself while you’re trying to recover from your injuries, turn to Ed Bernstein, the best lawyer in Las Vegas to handle your case. It’s important to have an attorney on your side who is used to handling cases like these. We invite you to give us a call at 702-213-5480 for a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your Uber/Lyft accident.