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What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Car Crash

Ridesharing services have grown increasingly popular in recent years. Uber and Lyft are convenient alternatives to standard taxi services. Generally, taking a car to get to your destination with these services tends to be cheaper because the drivers are using their own personal vehicles.

 

However, just like with any other vehicle, an Uber or Lyft vehicle can get into an accident. If you happen to be in the car when a crash occurs, it can be devastating and a scary experience. If you suffer injuries, you will wonder what to do next.

What to Do After a Rideshare Accident

First of all, the safety of everyone in the Uber or Lyft vehicle and of those in the other vehicle involved or any pedestrians involved should be the biggest priority. Check to ensure that you are okay and then see if anyone else is injured. Call 911 immediately, even if no one seems injured, so that police and an ambulance come to the scene.

 

A police report can be taken for records later on. It’s also advised to get medical attention, even if there are no apparent injuries. There can be hidden internal injuries that may not be noticeable until later, and going to see a medical professional immediately can help your attorney prove your injury case later on.

Get All Pertinent Information

Ask the driver for all of their information. This should include their name, driver’s license number, phone number, address and make and model of their vehicle. You will also want to get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident. Witnesses can be vital to the events of an accident when you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Take Pictures and Notes

If you are physically able to do so, take pictures of the scene of the accident with your smartphone’s camera. Focus on the vehicles involved, skid marks on the road and any property damage. In addition, you will want to make note of the traffic conditions, the weather, and if any traffic lights, stop signs or other warning signs were ignored. You can present all of this to a personal injury attorney to help build your case.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Getting compensation after an accident in an Uber or Lyft vehicle can be complicated. In general, most ridesharing services hire their drivers as independent contractors, which means they usually do not have insurance through the company for which they work. This is a way for the company to protect itself from being liable in the event of an accident.

 

In that situation, your personal injury attorney would direct you to get compensation directly from the driver’s personal auto insurance policy. Additionally, both Uber and Lyft offer their own policies to cover accidents. The experienced attorneys at Shevlin Smith can help you seek the compensation you deserve if you’ve suffered an accident.


If you were injured while taking a rideshare vehicle, contact our firm at (703) 721-4233 today to discuss your case.\