Rideshare programs are among the fasting-growing in the U.S. With transportation services like Uber and Lyft, riders can get rides virtually anywhere in their city, and oftentimes, at much cheaper rates than conventional taxi rides.
While they are growing in popularity, it’s also important to remember that accidents can still happen. When they do, it’s important to know what to do when you’re a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle.
What To Do After The Accident
Uber drivers have had both fault and no-fault accidents that resulted in injuries to a passenger. Accidents can result in time off from work, pain and suffering, and medical bills. If you are involved in an Uber accident, seek medical attention immediately. Seeking medical attention is important to document the fact that you were injured and the scope of your injuries
If you are able to do so safely, take as many pictures of the vehicles and crash scene as you. Pictures may help prove the positioning of the vehicles at the time of the crash as well as the extent of damage to the vehicle. Pictures can also document roadway conditions and configuration.
As soon as you are able, create notes about what happened. Write down the names of the Uber driver, other people involved in the crash and witnesses to the crash. Write down facts such as the date and time of the crash, the weather conditions, and any statements made to you by the people involved. Write down how you are feeling from an injury perspective, what your doctors are telling you, and how your injuries are impacting your daily activities of life. Unfortunately, it often takes months for cases such as these to resolve. Having notes will help you remember the events, and will make sure you are covered if when you have to go to court. and get the help of an attorney who is experienced in representing ride share accident victims.
Legislation Regarding Uber Accident Liability
As of right now, Uber does have insurance that covers passengers who are injured in accidents. However, in some states, the Uber insurance may only serve as a backup to the driver's own personal insurance. Again, it varies from state to state. The bottom line is, if you are injured, seek out a personal injury attorney who can provide you with more information.
How To File A Claim Against Uber
In order to file a legal claim against Uber, you will the need a skilled personal injury attorney. This step is something that should be taken care of as quickly as possible. If the crash was the fault of the Uber driver, you can be compensated for your injuries, pain and suffering, hospital bills, and any other damages. If the crash was caused by another driver while you were a passenger in an Uber, you can also be compensated for these same injuries.
If you need an attorney to protect your rights, call on the expertise of Shevlin Smith. The attorneys here will work to get you the fair compensation you need. Due to the complexity of Uber's driver accident laws, you will need someone who will keep you informed throughout the entire legal process. Fortunately, the attorneys at Shevlin Smith have experience in these cases and will do exactly that.
Call our firm today at (703) 721-4233 for a free consultation to discuss your ridesharing accident case