ADVICE FOR RIDESHARING USERS
Ridesharing is becoming an increasingly common method of transportation in Nevada, and Las Vegas in particular, for both tourists and locals. However, the practices and procedures surrounding these services are not the same as more traditional methods of transportation like taxis and limousines. If you are considering using ridesharing, it is essential that you keep these issues and limitations in mind.
1. Drivers employed by ridesharing services do not receive any professional training and, in reality, are ordinary drivers. They do not receive special certification or licensing from the government (other than a driver’s license) and do not receive oversight from the ridesharing company. Aside from passenger performance ratings, drivers are not bound by any expectations of quality or conduct (such as drug and alcohol testing) while working. Accordingly, passengers are left to hope that the individual behind the wheel is physically and mentally competent and focused on the safety and well-being of everyone in the vehicle.
2. The insurance coverages that apply to ridesharing ventures, which are set by Nevada law, are complicated and vary depending on the status of the driver at the time of the incident. Insurance policy conditions and/or exclusion can dramatically change the funds available for medical treatment and compensation for pain and suffering.
3. Drivers working for ridesharing companies are independent contractors and may not conduct themselves properly following a motor vehicle collision to protect your rights. As always, it is critical to have the police respond to any incident in order to document the situation, ensure the safety of all involved, and identify all witnesses and critical facts. Do not assume that the problem will resolve itself or that the ridesharing service and/or driver will react properly. Remember to check with a doctor after a car wreck even if you do not think you have been injured, as health complications may not show up until hours or days after the incident.
It is important to contact a knowledgeable and reputable personal injury law firm/attorney following a collision in order to address any potential legal ramifications and disputes. Your legal representatives will be able to guide you through the process safely and effectively and help you obtain any financial compensation as a victim.
Here is an Angie’s List article detailing five safety tips to follow if you are considering using a ridesharing service: https://www.angieslist.com/articles/5-ridesharing-safety-tips-follow.htm. Always be mindful and prepared when using a self-regulated transportation service.