Ridesharing options have become more popular as people look for convenient ways to get from one location to another, and that sentiment is especially true in the Twin Cities. Traditional taxis are becoming extinct as more pink mustaches and neon Uber signs adorn the ridesharing options throughout the city. However, since it doesn’t take much to drive for Uber or Lyft, we’re also seeing an uptick in claims from riders who were injured as a passenger in these rideshare options. In today’s blog, we explain what you should do if you suffer an injury while riding in an Uber, Lyft or another ridesharing option in the Twin Cities.
What To Do After A Ridesharing Accident
Here are some basic steps to follow if you are involved in an automobile accident while riding as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft. For a guide for Uber or Lyft drivers, click here.
If you’re involved in an accident, make sure the driver stops the vehicle and assesses the scene. Some of them may be reluctant to report the accident as it could impact their ability to drive, but if anyone is injured, it needs to be reported. Call the local police and get instructions for reporting the accident. Typically they will send a unit to the scene to document the accident. For your reference, you’ll also want to get the contact information of your Uber driver and their license plate number. It’s also helpful to take pictures of the scene and any damage to the vehicles or yourself following the accident.
Next, get medical attention. Even if you’re not in extreme pain, get examined by a doctor for any discomfort you may be feeling. If you don’t have your injuries documented, you’re not going to be able to be compensated for them. After consulting with a doctor and having your injuries treated, your next call should be to an injury firm like Hey Workers. They’ll be able to get the ball rolling on your claim and help you pursue the largest claim award possible.
You’ll also want to report the accident to Uber or Lyft. You can report an accident using their app or by getting in contact with the company. Have the information you collected earlier handy when you contact the parent company. It’s also a good idea to consult with your lawyer prior to reporting the accident with the rideshare company so you know how to answer any questions they might have. If the rideshare company or an insurance agent contacts you, tell them you’ll call them back after consulting with your lawyer, because they will be looking for any way to limit their liability. The good news is that since you’re a passenger, there’s really no way for them to blame you for the accident, but you still want to talk with your lawyer before giving any official statement.
Rideshare drivers are required to carry liability insurance, but there’s always the possibility that the other driver who caused the accident was not carrying insurance. Even if both parties have insurance, it doesn’t mean the insurance company is going to approve every bill or treatment session you ask for, so make sure you have a professional in your corner to get you everything you deserve. Be very careful about jumping at the first offer, and never sign anything without first consulting with your lawyer.
We’ve helped a number of clients who were injured in a rideshare accident, and we can do the same for you. If you were injured in the greater Twin Cities area and want to learn more about your legal options, reach out to the experienced legal experts at Hey Workers today.