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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.