Whether you need to get a ride to work because your car is in the shop or you’re looking to have a fun and safe night out with friends, Uber and Lyft are two of the most popular rideshare options in the United States. In Nevada, you can hail a ride in Elko, Henderson, Las Vegas, Reno, and Summerlin. While you expect the drive to go smoothly, that doesn’t always happen. In the event you’re involved in a crash, the Nevada rideshare accident lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group can help.
At the Rideshare Law Group, we believe accident victims deserve the opportunity to seek compensation for their losses. Whether your rideshare driver was negligent behind the wheel, the company failed to vet the drive properly, or another driver caused the accident, we can determine how best to proceed to ensure your fullest recovery.
Transportation Network Companies Laws in Nevada
States have the right to regulate how rideshare companies operate in their cities. In Nevada, Revised Statutes Chapter 706A governs transportation network companies (TNC). The laws place requirements on both the driver and the rideshare company. The laws are supposed to ensure the safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of transportation services in Nevada.
- Qualifications of Nevada Ride-Share Drivers. Nevada law regulates who can drive for a rideshare company. Interested drivers have to submit an application, undergo a criminal history and sex offender background check, be at least 19, have a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration, and obtain a state business license.
- Fare Estimate/Rate Disclose Requited; Cash Not Accepted. Transportation network companies have to disclose their rates and the basis for the fare calculation.
- Rideshare Requirements Vehicle Requirements. Vehicles must have at least four doors, may not carry more than eight people, and be regularly inspected. Drivers have to comply with all vehicle maintenance laws.
- Photo of Ride-Share Passenger. TNCs have to provide a picture of the driver to the passenger before the ride starts.
- Receipt to Ride-Share Passenger. Passengers are to receive a receipt for their ride. The receipt has to include the trip’s origin and destination, the time traveled, the distance traveled, and the fare charged.
- Ride-Share Passenger Information Confidentiality. Nevada rideshare companies have to keep passenger information private. Companies cannot disclose passenger information unless required by law or to investigate a violation of rules.
- Drivers May Not Take a Longer Route Than Necessary. Drivers are required to take the shortest route for each trip unless the passenger requests a longer or different route.
- Rideshare Drivers and Drunk Driving. Drivers are not allowed to drink alcohol while driving for a transportation networking company. In addition to that, drivers cannot be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance when logged into a rideshare app and accepting rides.
- Rideshare Law Violations. Rideshare companies that violate Nevada’s laws can be fined up to $100,000.
- Anti-Discrimination in Ride-Share Services. Rideshare companies cannot discriminate against any passenger on the basis of national origin, religion, age, disability, race, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.
Reporting an Uber or Lyft Accident
Following an Uber or Lyft crash, it’s likely law enforcement will be contacted. You may need to give a statement to a responding police officer. In addition to that, you’ll want to report the accident to the rideshare company.
Both Uber and Lyft have options for reporting accidents and incidents within their respective apps. When you file a crash report, a representative from the company will look into the matter and likely contact you for more information. You also have the option of calling the company to report what happened. Either way, you’ll want your report to be as detailed and factual as possible.
Once an accident has been reported, both Uber and Lyft begin an investigation. Their determination could have an impact on your ability to file a personal injury claim, which is why it’s crucial to work with an experienced rideshare lawyer.
Seeking Compensation After a Rideshare Accidents
A car accident has the potential to result in serious injuries and losses. When you work with our attorneys, we’ll work to value your claim, so you get what you need to get your life back in order as quickly as possible.
Medical bills and lost wages often make up the majority of your financial losses. Depending on your injuries and the continued care you could require, hospital expenses can range in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars—if not more. As far as lost wages go, you may be unable to manage your monthly expenses or put food on the table if you have to take off work to recover from your injuries.
In regard to the damages that are harder to calculate, we can look into your eligibility for pain and suffering recovery. If your injuries caused significant physical pain, you’ve experience psychological trauma from the accident, or your standard of living has changed, we can seek compensation for those losses.
No matter the extent of your losses, having an attorney by your side throughout the claims process will ensure you receive a fair award.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
The sooner you get in touch with our Nevada rideshare accident lawyers, the better your chances are of receiving full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. We understand how challenging it can be to recover from an accident—especially when it wasn’t your fault and was preventable. When you seek legal representation from us, we’ll manage your claim, keep you informed, and give you the space you need to heal.
To learn more about taking legal action after an Uber or Lyft crash, schedule a free case evaluation with our law firm today.