Uber/Lyft Accident - Can I Sue?

Posted By Matthew Clawson || 6-Jun-2017

Rideshare companies are becoming increasingly common these days and many are opting for services like Uber or Lyft instead of calling a taxi when in need of a ride. However, accidents happen and, when they do, it is important to know and understand what steps you must take next. In accidents involving rideshare companies more than one party might be held liable. The driver, the car owner, even the rideshare company itself are all potential defendants in this type of case. If you were involved in a ridesharing accident, whether as a passenger, or as another driver in your own car, here is what you need to know:

  1. First, if you were injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible, whether it means taking a trip to the emergency room in an ambulance or seeing your own personal physician after it is time to leave the scene. If you were injured and fail to seek medical attention, you might not receive much in terms of compensation since an insurance adjuster will assume you were not hurt.
  2. Contact the police. Once a police officer arrives at the scene, he or she will be able to file a report, proving the accident occurred, which will serve as helpful evidence.
  3. Obtain the insurance information of the other driver. If you are a passenger of an Uber or Lyft driver, you must ask for their contact information as well as their driver’s license and insurance information. Obtain the information of any other drivers who might have been involved in the accident as well.
  4. Do what you can to gather as much evidence as possible. Take pictures of the scene, any injuries you sustained, and any damaged property or vehicles.
  5. Never speak with the at-fault party’s insurance carrier regarding your injuries. The fact is that you might not know the extent of your injuries at this point, so do not make a statement or it will come back to haunt you.
  6. Consult an attorney. He or she will be able to help you navigate your way through a settlement claim or, if necessary, litigate your case in court.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you can sue not only the Uber driver, but the company itself, and others who might have contributed to the accident.

Colorado Springs Car Accident Attorneys

If you were involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver and sustained injuries, the Colorado Springs car accident attorneys at Clawson & Clawson, LLP can fight to ensure you get what you deserve.

Initial consultations are free. Contact us today at (719) 634-1848.

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