The popularity of the ride-sharing service phenomenon of companies like Uber and Lyft has exploded throughout the country, and they’re in particularly high demand in cities like Las Vegas. The majority of miles logged by ride-sharing drivers are traveled without incident, but in some cases, a driver could be in a car accident while you’re the passenger. If this happens, you’ll need to contact a car crash attorney in Las Vegas to help advise you, because these types of cases can be complicated.
Our rideshare accident attorneys at Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers explain what to do if you find yourself in an accident while riding an Uber or Lyft car:
Various different scenarios can come into play:
According to Uber and Lyft, their drivers are not employees, but rather, independent contractors. This is an important distinction because employees have more rights than independent contractors, and a company is likely to be legally responsible for the negligence of its employees, but not that of its independent contractors.
If the ride-sharing driver was responsible for the accident, you can try to argue that the ride-sharing company shares some level of blame for the crash, but this will be a difficult argument to make since Uber and Lyft have worked extremely hard to maintain the currently accepted legal standard that Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors, not employees.
And keep in mind that, since recovery against Uber or Lyft insurance coverage is probably an option for you, whether through the company’s $1 million liability coverage, or through its $1 million UIM coverage, if you’re injured in a ride-sharing vehicle, going after the company directly is probably a last, and hopefully unnecessary, resort.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Las Vegas in which you were the passenger in a ride-sharing vehicle, contact Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers today. We’re available 24/7 to take your call at (702) 384-1414. You can also contact us online.
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