The number of people who use ride sharing services like Uber or Lyft continues to grow. Using a Smartphone app, riders can arrange a ride and pay for it using the credit card on file. It is all very user-friendly and convenient. However, things can get a bit confusing if an Uber driver is involved in a car accident. If you are the passenger, the Uber driver, or the other driver involved in the accident, there are some important things you should know, and steps you should take immediately following the wreck. Doing so will help ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
- Check for injuries. Whether you are the driver or the passenger, check yourself for injuries first, then check on the other occupants of the vehicle.
- Call 911. It is imperative that you notify the police, even if the accident is not serious. If there are injuries involved, notify the dispatcher so that they can also send an ambulance to the scene. Let the officer know if you have any pain or discomfort so that it can be included in the accident report.
- Gather evidence. If you are physically able, take picture of the crash scene, including the location of the accident, damage to the vehicles, license plate number of the other vehicle, and victims’ injuries. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Also, ask any witnesses who may have seen the accident if they would be willing to provide their contact information so that police can get their statement.
- Get Immediate medical attention. If your injuries are serious, emergency medical technicians will rush you to the nearest emergency room for treatment. However, even if your injuries seem minor, it is important that you be checked out by a medical professional as some injuries may be more serious than they seem.
- Notify your insurance company. Uber drivers are considered independent contractors, so it can be a bit confusing when it comes to figuring out whose insurance is responsible for the damages. Even if you were not driving, and the accident was not your fault, it is recommended that you notify your insurance company about the accident. However, do not provide any information to the other party’s insurance company as they may try to lead you into admitting fault.
- Hire an experienced car accident lawyer. Because of the legal complexities involved in ridesharing accidents, it is highly recommended that you hire a car accident lawyer who can ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Victims of Uber and Lyft Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, do not hesitate to contact the highly skilled Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. We have a proven record of securing successful settlements for victims of all types of car accidents. We will seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries and ensure that your rights are protected at all times. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 866-881-8623 or contact us online.
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