Last month, the Nevada Legislature passed a bill to regulate Uber, Lyft,
and other similar ride-hailing companies. Assembly Bill 175 will create
a number of regulations for these ride-hailing services and a three percent
tax on fares for companies, taxis, and limo services that is expected
to raise millions in new revenue. The measure will also require drivers
to continuously provide insurance of at least $1.5 million for death or
bodily injury any time the provide transportation.
In addition to welcoming Uber and Lyft to the state, the Uber authorization
law also includes a provision that allows taxi companies to use nonuse
of a safety belt against a passenger in cases involving auto accidents
and personal injury. Here are some details about the provision:
- Although previous law required all adult taxicab passengers to wear a seat
belt, it did not allow the fact that a passenger wasn’t wearing
a safety belt to be considered negligence in a lawsuit.
- Under the new law, courts hearing auto accident lawsuits can consider whether
passengers were wearing safety belts when making decisions about a case.
Proponents of AB 175 - including taxi cab companies - pushed the provision
under the belief that seat belt evidence should always be allowed in court.
Many trial lawyers and the Nevada Justice Association, however, opposed
the provision on the basis that it would focus lawsuits on a passenger’s
seat belt, rather than the most important factor: the cause of the accident.
Opponents also stated that taxi drivers hold a higher legal responsibility,
as they are paid to drive.
AB 175 can have a significant impact on Nevada roadways and on
auto accident cases involving Uber, Lyft, and taxi cabs. At Shook & Stone, we are
well aware of the complexities that exist in these cases and are committed
to helping local residents protect their rights during the personal injury
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident involving
ridesharing services or taxi services, our legal team is available to
review your case during a