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If I am a passenger in an Uber, Lyft or other rideshare company in Nevada, can I sue for accident injuries?

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The short answer is: Yes.

When you are a passenger in a vehicle operated by a driver working for a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft, you can certainly sue the rideshare company if you are hurt in an accident, even if the rideshare driver was not at-fault for causing the collision.

The majority of rideshare companies carry larger underinsured or uninsured (UM/UIM) insurance policies which can be used to compensate someone injured in an accident for their losses such as injuries, medical treatment, lost wages, pain, and suffering.

These larger insurance policies come in to play when the at-fault driver does not carry an insurance policy large enough to compensate the victims of their crash for their losses. When this occurs, your attorney can pursue the underinsured/uninsured insurance policy which rideshare companies are required to have. These policies are often $250,000 policies. These insurance polices are specifically for accidents where the at-fault driver does not have enough insurance to cover the injuries and damages they have caused.

What Are The Steps Involved In Bringing A Claim Against A Rideshare Company?

If you are a passenger injured in an Uber, Lyft or other rideshare car, the process of bringing a lawsuit is very similar to the process in any other accident claim.

If you are in an accident as a passenger in a rideshare vehicle:

  • First: Take care of your health and the health of those around you. Call the police right away. Make sure you are not seriously hurt. Make sure others are OK. The first concern after an accident should always be your health.
  • Second: Gather all the information you can. Assuming you are physically OK, you should be gathering all the information you can. Get license plate numbers, insurance information and contact information from everyone involved with the accident. Get contact information from any witnesses on the scene. Take photos.
  • Third: File a claim. Once the initial situation is under control, your health is taken care of by medical health professionals and you have all the information available, it is time to file a claim. Again, the claim process in these cases involving rideshare drivers is more or less the same as it is with any motor vehicle accident claim.

Although this three-step process is very simple, winning a lawsuit is not. There is a lot at stake in these cases, and they often involve significant legal nuances and complication. Make sure you have an experienced Nevada personal injury lawyer you can trust on your side.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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