Ridesharing services have become increasingly common and prevalent in our
communities. Companies like Uber and Lyft have experienced an incredible
rise in recent years, particularly in major cities. However, anytime anyone
is in a moving vehicle, there is a risk of an accident and, if you have
been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you might
be wondering what your next course of action is.
Here are several important steps you should take if you have been injured
in an accident that involved an Uber or Lyft driver:
- For any injury, even if it is seemingly minor, you should always seek medical
attention as soon as possible. If necessary, call for emergency medical
assistance to transport you to the emergency room. Even injuries that
do not appear life-threatening can pose a serious risk to your health,
which is why you should always prioritize your health. Additionally, if
your injuries end up incurring costly medical expenses, you will want
to make sure it is thoroughly documented through medical records and bills,
so that you have proof when the time comes to claim damages.
- Never neglect to contact the police. When they arrive on the scene, request
a police report be filed (this is common practice, still wise to ask for).
Police reports are excellent evidentiary information and can help maximize
the value of your claim.
- Obtain the insurance information of the Uber or Lyft driver and ask for
their contact information and driver’s license information. If other
vehicles were involved in the accident, ask for their information as well.
- Be sure to gather as much information as possible. This includes pictures
of the accident location, traffic lights, hazards on the road, damage
done to all vehicles involved, and the injuries you sustained. Memory
and recollection of events are not as strong as photographic evidence,
so remember that less is not more in this case. More is more.
- Do not speak with the at fault party’s insurance carrier about your
injuries. The fact is that you might not even know the true extent of
your injuries just yet, so if you underestimate them, this will harm your
case. Only provide basic information, such as your name and contact information
and the location of where the accident happened. Consult your personal
injury attorney before discussing anything else, or have your attorney
provide answers to any questions on your behalf.
When you file a personal injury lawsuit against an Uber or Lyft driver,
you might be able to recover damages for medical and healthcare costs,
future rehabilitation expenses, nursing home care, loss of income, property
damage, loss of future income due to permanent disability, and pain and
Greenville Personal Injury Attorneys
Car accidents can be incredibly destructive and traumatic, inflicting serious
and sometimes fatal injuries. Victims often suffer psychological damage
and are unable to work to provide for their family, in addition to racking
up costly medical bills. If you were injured due to someone else’s
negligent actions, this should not be your burden to bear. You have a
right to pursue fair compensation.
At Christian & Davis LLC, our Greenville car accident attorneys have
the knowledge and experience to assist you. Our legal team has more than
95 years of combined experience in the legal field and have helped recover
millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. We would be honored to do
the same for you and your family.
Contact our office today at (864) 408-8890 to schedule a free consultation
with a trusted member of our legal team.