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Who Is Liable for Personal Injury by Drunk Ride-sharing Company Driver?


Uber and other ride-sharing companies are generally regarded as safer options than driving home after a night of drinking. Leading ride-sharing company Uber has gone further by partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in an effort to reduce alcohol-related accidents in Nevada.

DUI Ridesharing Drivers

While Uber has announced that it has a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence for its drivers, it did not seem to stop one of its drivers from drunk driving on the night of an accident involving a bus in San Diego, California.

No one was injured in the collision but more riders have surfaced since then to report how some ride-sharing drivers (not necessarily Uber) have breathed into an ignition interlock device while taking them to their destination. The reports have raised concerns about passenger safety and potential liability for personal injury that a passenger may suffer in a DUI accident involving a ridesharing driver.

Nevada Personal Injury Laws

Accident cases involving ridesharing networks can be complicated. If you are involved in a car accident while onboard a vehicle under the Uber, Lyft, or similar platform, an experienced personal injury attorney can examine the circumstances of your situation, sort the legal issues, and determine the appropriate parties who may be potentially liable for your accident.

Claiming Compensation for Ridesharing Accident

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the ridesharing company, the driver, or other vehicles may be pursued for compensation. If a ridesharing driver injures another while on the way to picking up a fare on the ridesharing platform, the driver’s personal insurance may cover the accident. When a ridesharing passenger is injured onboard the vehicle, the ridesharing company’s insurance likely should cover the accident.

Unfortunately, many insurance companies make it difficult for injured claimants to receive compensation. Your lawyer can help you pursue claims against any of the responsible parties and explore all insurance options that are available.

In Nevada, the attorneys at Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen have years of proven experience in a wide range of personal injury cases and can help you recover compensation if you are injured as a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle such as Uber or Lyft. Our Las Vegas DUI accident attorneys have helped families recover more than $100 million in settlements and courtroom verdicts all over Nevada.

We invite you to call us today at (702) 505-8115 to learn more about how we can help you.

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