Every time you step foot in a rideshare like an Uber or Lyft, you put your safety in the hands of the driver behind the wheel. You also put your trust in the company who hired the driver to have completed a comprehensive background check so that you can feel confident in their driving capabilities. Unfortunately, with the rising numbers of rideshare vehicles on the road, there has been an increase in accidents involving rideshare drivers. Anyone in a ridesharing vehicle is vulnerable to suffering an injury when involved in an accident, whether you’re a passenger, driver, or pedestrian.
Personal injury claims as a result of ridesharing accidents can sometimes be more complex than a collision between two typical privately owned cars. Consequently, the attorney you hire to help for your personal injury claim must be knowledgeable in the evolving laws pertaining to ridesharing . At Live Oak Injury Law Group, we have the necessary experience to assist our clients with injuries caused by a ridesharing accident. If you have been involved in a ridesharing accident and have suffered a serious injury, read below to learn more and don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation to have your case evaluated.
After getting in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle that results in a serious injury, you probably have many questions about who may be held accountable. Is it the individual driving the car? Or is it the rideshare company itself? Unfortunately, there is no cookie cutter answer to these questions because every personal injury case is unique. The liability in your situation depends on the role you played (the rideshare driver or passenger, the other involved driver or passenger, or a pedestrian), the reason for the accident, and whether the rideshare driver was working at the time of the accident.
In a case where the rideshare driver was working, Uber and Lyft usually cover their drivers with a $1 million policy. This means that as the passenger, pedestrian, or person in the other involved vehicle, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against that insurance policy.
Suffering injuries as the result of a rideshare accident can be incredibly stressful and emotional. Oftentimes, people involved in accidents feel helpless and unsure of where to turn. Below, we’ve listed some steps that serve as a guide to help you get through the aftermath of a rideshare accident:
1. Call 911 to request a police officer and medical help if you or anyone involved requires medical attention.
2. Take as many photos as you can of the accident and all involved vehicles and injuries.
A. This should include any pictures of the surrounding environment that was impacted by the accident (skidmarks, traffic signs, vehicle interiors, etc.)
3. Take pictures of the drivers license and insurance cards of all involved vehicle drivers.
4. Make sure to write down the above information as well so that you have two copies of everything if any information is lost/damaged.
5. Record contact information for any people that witnessed the accident.
6. Visit an emergency room or doctor to make sure that your injuries are evaluated, properly treated, and documented by a professional.
7. Contact a skilled personal injury attorney to get an objective evaluation of your case.
At Live Oak Injury Law Group, we know how scary it can be to get in a collision. If you suffered a serious injury as a result, this can cause additional stress that you should not have to cope with on your own. We are dedicated to helping carry the burden of making sure that you receive the damages that you are entitled to under the law. Don’t let big ridesharing companies take advantage of you. If you have been involved in a rideshare accident and suffered serious injuries, please contact us to schedule a consultation.