Imagine this: You’re at a red-light when BOOM! a car rear ends you. In a panic you get out of the car- only to realize that it was an Uber driver that hit you. A million questions run through your head. Who is liable? Do you contact the driver’s personal insurance, or Uber? What about the people he’s driving? Who do you call? The last thing you need in your life is more confusion.
Here are 10 things to know if you have been injured by a Rideshare company.
What Should You Do If You Are Hit By An UBER or Lyft Driver?
One: Call 911 to have the police complete a report. Sometimes after an accident the parties do not want police called, this is never to your benefit. You should always contact the authorities to take a report, obtain witness statements, and facilitate the exchange of information such as insurance and driver’s licenses. If someone suggests not calling the police, that is usually a red flag!
Two: Take photographs of the scene, damage to the vehicles, and injuries involved.
Three: Obtain the insurance information, name, address, telephone number, and driver’s license information of all parties involved.
Four: If you can, take photographs of important documents such as proof of insurance, driver’s licenses, and the vehicle’s license plate.
Five: Write down names, phone numbers, and addresses of all parties and potential witnesses.
Six: Take SCREENSHOTS of your UBER, LYFT, or other ride share app/receipt.
Seven: UBER app does have a feature to report an accident. You should contact an attorney to assist you in reporting the accident to UBER, LYFT, or other rideshare company.
Eight: If you feel injured, do not attempt to “tough it out” – take an ambulance and get checked out at the ER. There may be internal injuries that should be evaluated by medical professionals.
Nine: CONTACT AN ATTORNEY who practices personal injury. There are a number of personal injury attorneys. Here are two that we recommend: Jassim Law and Roshanzamir Law. You can also find a list of other personal injury attorneys and client reviews at a website called Avvo, a search engine site that will help you find any attorney.
Ten: DO NOT SPEAK WITH INSURANCE adjusters. This means any insurance company for the UBER, LYFT, or another rideshare driver, or insurance companies for any other party. It is best to have a qualified and experienced attorney represent your interests. Insurance companies are interested in protecting their money, not you unfortunately.
Finally, DO NOT accept any offers to have someone pay you money or pay you without going through insurance. This practically never works out well, and is virtually never to your benefit. These types of offers should be met with skepticism and treated as a red flag!
Whether or not the rideshare company is at fault, an experienced rideshare attorney can help you get the full compensation you are entitled to. At Jassim Law and Roshanzamir Law all consultations are free and there is no fee unless you win. If you have any questions or want to learn more give them a call at 619.630.2680 or visit Avvo to see what their clients have to share.