In the last several years, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have grown exponentially in Las Vegas, while taxi usage has plummeted. In Las Vegas, cab drivers must be fingerprinted, go through a background check, provide a health certificate, and participate in orientation and safety courses.
Uber drivers, on the other hand, have been subject to much less stringent hiring and background checking. People visiting Las Vegas and staying on the strip often use rideshare services to go from casino to casino in Las Vegas, with little thought about the possibility of anything going wrong.
The vast majority of Uber and Lyft trips in Las Vegas go smoothly without any issue. But for some, a rideshare trip is a horrible experience, ending in sexual assault or a crash resulting in serious injury or a loved one’s death. According to a December 2019 New York Times article, “Safety has been a long-running Achilles’ heel for ride-hailing companies.”
An accident involving a rideshare vehicle can turn a quick trip across town into a long and painful nightmare that you will have to deal with for months. Hiring a skilled Las Vegas rideshare injury attorney after a crash can ensure you receive the compensation you receive so that you can focus on recovering and healing.
Common injuries in Las Vegas car accidents include:
- Brain Injuries
- Broken bone injuries
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Knee trauma
- Muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries
- Lacerations and cuts
If you’re injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, you should do everything you would normally do in a car accident involving your own vehicle, including:
- Get medical treatment and complete follow-up care
- Preserve photos and evidence from the crash scene
- Document your injuries and how they affect you
- Contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer.
The importance of getting prompt medical treatment cannot be overstated. Your medical treatment record is a huge part of documenting your injuries and linking the accident to your injuries, a necessary part of proving your claim.
Although you need to report the accident to Uber, do not speculate on fault or provide a recorded statement. Most importantly, do not accept any settlement offer without first talking to a lawyer. The compensation you receive for your injuries should “make you whole” and cover all your current and future medical expenses, lost earnings, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If you accept a “lowball” insurance offer, you will waive all rights to future compensation. You may be accepting far less compensation than you are entitled to.
At LV Personal Injury Attorneys, we offer a free consultation to review your Uber or Lyft car accident personal injury or wrongful death case. We will listen to your story, answer your questions, and explain your legal rights and options to pursue compensation.
If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you.