While Uber remains the nation’s largest ride-hailing, in recent years Lyft has grown more rapidly. There is no indication that the growth of Transportation Network Companies will slow in the near future, and there are many reasons why public officials in Las Vegas would prefer locals and visitors alike to let someone else do the driving while enjoying the city’s nightlife. With this growth, comes more accidents and more reasons to find an experienced Las Vegas car accident attorney to seek justice on your behalf.
How Big is Lyft?
It’s estimated that there are over 300,000 Lyft drivers in the United States, with a rough estimate of 5,000 in Las Vegas alone. Lyft is currently reporting that it provides 1 million rides per day in the U.S., as compared to an average of 5.5 million for Uber.
Questions About Liability
Quite aside from the protests from taxi drivers, the emergence of services such as Uber and Lyft initially raised a number of questions regarding insurance and liability for accidents or damage. These came into play because an individual driving for one of these services uses the same vehicle for personal and professional purposes.
Citizen or Service Provider?
After considerable discussion and legislative effort, an agreement has been reached regarding when a Lyft driver is simply another driver, and thus personally responsible for any damage or injury that they may cause, and when the driver is providing services for Lyft.
According to the Nevada Department of Insurance, a driver is providing transportation services when they are engaged in the following activities:
- Logged into the ridesharing net and seeking a match with a passenger
- Being matched with a passenger and en route to picking them up
- Delivering a passenger to their destination
Who is Liable?
If the driver of a car used for Lyft services is doing anything other than these activities, they are liable for any injury or damage resulting from their driving. Claims would be pursued via their personal auto insurance. If the driver is engaged in providing transportation services, Lyft is responsible for providing insurance to cover injuries or damages that may result.
In 2015, Nevada Assembly Bill 76, established guidelines for the insurance that transportation companies operating in the state must provide.
- For cases where bodily injury to, or death of, one or more persons occur while services are being provided, coverage of not less than $1,500,000.
- For a case in which bodily injury or death of anyone person occurs when the driver is logged into the service network but not providing transport, not less than $50,000.
- For bodily injury or death to two or more persons if this occurs when the driver is logged into the service network but not providing transport, not less than $100,000.
- Not less than $25,000 to cover the destruction of property if this occurs when the driver is logged into the service network but not providing transport.
It could occur that you suffer injury or damaged while being transported by a Lyft driver, but the accident was actually caused by another driver. In such a case, a Las Vegas Lyft accident attorney would help you seek compensation from the driver who was at fault.
Do I Have a Case?
The information discussed here should give you a general idea of the factors involved in a Lyft accident. If you have experienced personal injury, loss of property or other damages that you believe are the result of negligence or reckless behavior by a Lyft driver, there is a good chance that you have strong avenues of recourse.
The best way to formulate a strategy to pursue compensatory damages is to schedule a consultation with an experienced Las Vegas Lyft accident attorney at Cogburn Law Offices who has knowledge of the range of issues associated with such cases. This may be a somewhat new area of law, but it is based on well-established rules and procedures that we understand fully.
Free Consultation with a Las Vegas Lyft Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident with a Lyft driver in Las Vegas, call Cogburn Law for free case consultation with an experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorney.