I Was In an Accident with an Uber Driver, What Should I Do?
Uber boasts more than 8 million people use their service with over 300,000 drivers on the road in the U.S., according to Business Insider.
Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft provide what can be seen as a convenient method of transportation. But there are also risks associated with services like these.
As user numbers increase, so too does the risk of being in an accident with an Uber vehicle. If this happens to you, it is important to respond in a way that protects your legal rights.
A Chicago Uber or Lyft accident lawyer from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates can provide a free consultation to evaluate your accident and explain your legal options. If you were injured in a rideshare accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages.
Call 1-800-985-1819 to schedule a free consultation.
Steps to take after an accident with an Uber driver
Seek Medical Attention
If you were involved in an accident, with or without an Uber driver and you feel as though you may have suffered an injury it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Contact the Police
Contact the police immediately after the crash. An officer will compile a report that contains important details about the accident including the time, location and events that led to the crash. Be sure to ask the officer how to obtain a copy of the police report.
If the at-fault party or the insurance company denies liability, our auto accident attorneys may be able to help you.
Gather Information from Drivers and Witnesses
As with any car accident, it is important to gather contact details from all drivers involved. According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, you should record their phone numbers, addresses and full names. If possible, take photos of license plates and registrations.
You should also record the contact details of witnesses as their testimonies may help in assisting our attorneys to prove negligence.
Collect the Uber Driver’s Insurance Details
All Uber drivers should have at minimum personal automobile insurance – these specifications are set by state law.
According to Uber, Uber maintains automobile liability insurance on the driver’s behalf where state and local laws apply. If an Uber driver is online at the time of the accident, there is an additional liability coverage maintained by Uber on the driver’s behalf. If an Uber driver has accepted a trip and is in route to pick up a passenger or has a rider in the car, there is an additional liability coverage along with an uninsured/underinsured motorist injury maintained by Uber on the driver’s behalf. It is important that you collect the driver’s coverage information. They should have access to it on the driver app – it usually appears below the waybill.
Photographs of the scene may help our auto injury attorneys prove liability and negligence, and they can tie your injuries to the wreck. Take wide shots to show the positions of vehicles. Take close-up photos of injuries and property damage. Also, take pictures of any traffic indicators such as red lights or stop signs – especially if the accident happened because the liable party broke a traffic law.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Your top priority after a wreck is to seek medical attention. As soon as you are able, contact an accident attorney.
Our personal injury lawyers can help you avoid mistakes such as unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters. Among the multitude of benefits, our attorneys will handle any settlement negotiations and fight to maximize the value of your claim.
If you were injured in a crash with a rideshare vehicle, contact our law firm, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates at 1-800- 985-1819 to schedule a free consultation today.