It’s estimated that over 53 million people in the U.S. use ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft. With so many people using ridesharing services, it’s important to know what to do after an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver.
Seek Medical Attention
Your health should always be your top priority after an accident. If you are seriously injured, call 9-1-1 immediately for emergency medical assistance. If you are not seriously injured, check on everyone else to make sure no one else needs emergency assistance.
If you don’t receive emergency medical assistance, you will need to visit a doctor as soon as possible after leaving the scene of the accident. Don’t wait too long to seek medical attention. Not only will this impact your health, it could also affect your ability to recover compensation in a personal injury case.
Document Evidence At the Scene
If possible, document evidence before leaving the scene of the accident. Take photos of the property damage, positioning of the vehicles, traffic signals and signs, and anything else that may be used as evidence in your personal injury case. Even if something seems insignificant, photograph it. These photographs may play an important role in your case when it is time to prove the other driver was liable for the accident.
Talk to the Uber or Lyft Driver
If you find out the other driver is an Uber or Lyft driver, you will need to ask him a few questions before leaving the scene. First, find out if he is currently working. Even if he doesn’t have a customer in the car, he could have been on his way to pick someone up at the time of the accident.
Why does this matter? If you don’t know whether or not the driver was working at the time of the accident, you won’t know which insurance company will be handling the claim. Drivers that are not currently working are covered by their personal auto insurance. However, if a driver is involved in an accident while he is working, his personal insurance policy will not cover the damages. Accidents that occur while the driver is working should be covered by the ridesharing service’s insurance.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an Uber or Lyft driver, contact Reisch Law Firm as soon as possible. Let our personal injury attorneys negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company to ensure you are fairly compensated. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.