With the continued popularity of driving services such as Uber and Lyft, there is an increased risk of these drivers being involved in accidents. If you were injured in a crash caused by someone driving for Uber or another rideshare company, sorting out liability can be complicated. You might be compensated by the company, by the driver’s own insurance policy, or by both.
Here’s what you should do after a crash with an Uber driver to protect your rights.
Call the Police and Document the Scene
Calling the police so there is an accident report is a valuable step in gathering evidence to prove liability for the crash. You should also do everything you can to document the details at the scene, including the following:
- Take pictures of the vehicles involved in the crash as well as the crash site itself, including stop signs, signal lights, and anything else that could have contributed to the accident. If you have visible injuries, photograph those as well.
- Get contact information from any eyewitnesses and other drivers who were involved in the crash.
- Obtain insurance information and driver’s license numbers for all drivers involved in the crash.
Get Medical Treatment
Just as you would after any car accident, seek immediate medical treatment. Even if you don’t think you are seriously injured, sometimes it can take a while for injuries to make themselves known. Not getting medical treatment could also diminish the severity of your injuries in the eyes of the insurance company.
Call a Lawyer as Soon as Possible
Proving liability after a car accident is complicated enough, but when the crash involves an Uber driver, the case can be even more complex. The rideshare company, driver, and their insurance providers may try to blame you for the crash. It’s also important to remember that the liable party’s insurance company wants to pay out as little money as possible. Having an experienced attorney in your corner can help improve your chances of collecting appropriate damages.
To learn more about receiving the full amount of compensation you deserve, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.