What to do After a Rideshare Car Accident and Who Is Liable For the Damages
Companies, such as Uber and Lyft, that offer rideshare are becoming more and more prevalent in the Houston area. They allow you to get to and from your destination without the worry of parking, driving, or figuring out who’s going to be designated driver. Though rideshare services are considered safe modes of alternative transportation, car accidents happen. With rideshare becoming so popular, it’s possible that your next ride might be with an Uber or Lyft vehicle that’s been involved in an accident.
It’s important to know what to do if you are injured during a rideshare accident. After the accident you will most likely have a few questions:
- What do I do now?
- Who should pay for my medical expenses?
- Do I need a lawyer?
Document the Crash
First things first, following an Uber or Lyft accident make sure your driver stops at the scene. Some rideshare drivers would rather avoid the problems associated with car accidents, even if damages aren’t as minor. Documenting the crash is always important.
Call the Police
The rideshare driver may not want to call the police of file a report because it could impact the driver’s ability to continue driving with the rideshare company—don’t let that stop you from reporting the car accident. Call the police.
Exit the Vehicle and Wait for Emergency Personnel
Next, exit the vehicle and get a safe distance on the side of the road while you await emergency personnel. Fetch the name of your rideshare driver, the car type, and license plate number. It’s also a good idea to take a few pictures if possible. When the police arrive, provide a witness statement to be included on the car accident report.
Seek Medical Help
Lastly, seek medical help. Whether you feel immediate pain or not, getting a check-up from the ER or your primary care physician should be done as soon as possible. Car accidents send rushes of adrenaline through our bodies, so though you may not feel the pain at that moment, it’s possible you’ll feel it later. Your personal injury attorney will need medical documents if you do decide to file a claim.
Report the Accident to the Ridesharing Company
Contact Uber or Lyft and report the accident. The rideshare driver may not report it to the rideshare service, so it’s important that you make the rideshare service aware of the car accident. Rideshare company save all records regarding your trip, so they are able to handle the situation internally.
You’re Hurt, Who Takes the Bill?
Negligent Driver is Responsible for Damages and Expenses
Just like in any other car accident, the negligent driver is responsible for damages and expenses. Insurance companies use a number of factors to determine faults, such as witness statements, police reports, medical bills, and damage reviews.
Rideshare drivers, specifically Uber, are covered by Uber liability insurance when they are on a trip. Uber liability insurance is the primary insurance that will be used if a claim is needed. If the driver has personal insurance (as they should), then their policy may be used as well.
Do You Really Need A Lawyer?
Although rideshare claims are essentially just like any other car accident, they can be remarkably difficult to resolve on your own. You may want to consult an experienced Houston personal injury attorney to review the accident and work to get you the compensation for your injuries that you deserve.