What to do after a Uber accident
Written by greg on December 5, 2016
When you are in an accident with an Uber driver whether a passenger or a driver of another vehicle you should take appropriate steps to document the crash and seek medical attention where appropriate. Also contacting a Uber accident lawyer for a consultation after an injury accident is always a good idea.
If you are able to, it is a good idea to take photographs of the accident scene, the vehicles involved and even a video of the statements of the drivers should they admit fault. Often, due to injury, passengers are unable to appropriately document the accident scene.
The information that you will want to obtain if you’re able includes the following:
▪ the driver’s name, telephone number and
▪ insurance information
▪ any other drivers contact information and insurance
▪ the name and address and telephone number of any witnesses to the crash.
It is not uncommon for at-fault drivers to change their tune after they speak with their insurance company or its attorneys. Even in cases of crystal-clear liability, a driver at fault can easily attempt to turn the situation around and try to blame others or even you.
According to the company, Uber drivers must submit background checks and establish competency to drive. After a driver has been involved in a serious accident, it is not uncommon for companies to fire or no longer let that person drive for the company. This is adequate incentive for those who make their living driving others around to change their story about the cause of the crash.
Insurance companies generally believe their own insured when it comes to how the crash occurred. In effect, they are looking for any way out of paying a legitimate claim if they have an excuse.
While ride-sharing companies are relatively new they are taking the Houston community by storm due to the ease of use and relatively inexpensive cost. There are many insurance issues involved with a claim involving an Uber driver depended on the driver status at the time of the crash.
The general rule in car accident cases whether involving Uber or other drivers is that the more serious your injury the more likely it is you will need an attorney to assist you with your personal injury claim.
A good way to research an attorney to help you with your Uber accident is to look to peer review publications such as Martindale.com or lawyers.com which rates attorneys based upon other attorneys’ votes. Generally, peer to peer rating is much more accurate than other services that may tend to rate the attorneys based upon how much business they do with the company.
To discuss your accident with an Uber accident attorney in Houston call the Baumgartner Law Firm at 281-587-1111. We are available 24/7 by telephone and hospital and home visits for the seriously injured are available by appointment.