As Uber and Lyft offer rides in Nevada, Las Vegans have more options than ever to get a ride.
Now, Nevadans can utilize Uber, Lyft, or a good old fashion Taxi to get around. While a passenger gives up control behind the wheel, the passenger doesn’t give up their rights if injured in a car accident. Nevada’s long standing general rule is that “a passenger, is not as a matter of law responsible for negligence on the part of the driver, even if such negligence contributed to the accident.”Nehls v. Leonard, 97 Nev. 325, 329, 630 P.2d 258, 261 (1981).
If a passenger is injured in a car accident, because of someone else’s carelessness, the general rules of law protect the injured passenger. If injured as a passenger, the question of “who is at fault” is a little more complicated than if injured as a driver. However, the puzzle-pieces can be readily sorted out. As a result, after an accident as a passenger, it is important for the injured-passenger to gather the contact and insurance information regarding the passenger’s driver (i.e. the Uber/Lyft/Taxi driver), the registered owner of the vehicle, and the same information for any other vehicle involved.
Gathering this information can be daunting and a hassle when you’ve been in wreck. The good and very recent news is, however, “Las Vegas police once again responding to non injury crashes.” Las Vegas Review Journal
If for any reason, no one else (your driver or the other driver) wants to call Metro, you have the right to do so as a passenger. Afterwards, if you need help sorting out the situation, feel free to contact me, attorney Rich Tanasi at 702-906-2411 or email Rich.