What Should I Do if I Was Hurt in an Uber Accident?
Written by Greg on May 9, 2020
Rideshares are a popular way to get around town. Last year there were reportedly about 103 million Uber users and 4 million drivers operating in a total of 700 cities. There are also other rideshare companies, such as Lyft. With the popularity of rideshares, it is no surprise that there are many accidents involving Uber drivers. If you were hurt in an Uber accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. An experienced Uber accident attorney will assist you with your claim.
What to Do After an Uber Accident
Uber accidents are like other accidents in many ways. Although you are a passenger, you should still report the accident immediately. If the driver does not want to stop, you should insist that he pull over and allow you to call the police. Sometimes a driver is reluctant to report an accident because it could impact his ability to continue working for Uber. The police will make a report, take witness statements, and obtain driver information. You should get information from your driver and take a photo of the license plate.
Seek medical treatment as soon as possible and no later than 72 hours after the incident. The longer you wait to see the doctor, the more challenging it will be to prove that your injuries occurred as a result of the crash. Contact Uber to report the accident. Drivers are required to file a report but could fail to do so. You also should get a copy of the Houston crash report filed by the police.
Keep records of your medical treatment and expenses related to the accident. Consult with a personal injury attorney in Houston to discuss the incident. The negligent driver or company should pay for all damages associated with the accident.
Who is Responsible for Uber Accidents?
Uber has insurance in place to cover accidents that occur while Uber drivers are transporting passengers. Even so, the policy is not unlimited, and the company may try to reduce your payment or might try to avoid paying altogether. Drivers should have insurance in place to protect them while they are off duty or between passengers. Rideshare accidents can be complicated because the insurance companies will need to assign a portion of negligence to each driver who was involved.
It is best to allow an attorney to act on your behalf to communicate and negotiate with the insurance company. Your lawyer will evaluate the case and gather information to prove negligence and your damages.
Your damages might include not only your medical costs but also compensation for your lost wages if you were unable to work while you were recovering. Also, the negligent driver might owe you for the pain and suffering that you dealt with due to your injuries.
At Baumgartner Law Firm, we have many years of experience negotiating with insurance companies to get our clients the money they deserve.
Do not accept a settlement until you discuss the matter with a lawyer. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free phone case evaluation. Call (281) 587-1111!