Gone are the days of hailing a taxi cab to move around town. Instead, millions of Americans are choosing ride-share companies (like Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft) for everyday transportation. While this new-age method of transit is affordable, immediate, and personal, it makes determining the liability of a ride-share vehicle collision complex.
If you’re involved in a ride-sharing car accident, you may not know what to do. For peace of mind during a chaotic ride-sharing accident, check out the information below.
Whether you’re a rideshare passenger, driver, the rideshare company, or the driver of a car that collides with a rideshare vehicle, liability depends on who’s at fault.
Proving negligence for a ride-share accident requires three things:
Yes. Uber and Lyft provide $1 million worth of coverage per incident to those injured when a driver is picking up or dropping off passengers. A driver may also hold a ride-share policy, providing additional coverage.
The driver who caused the accident is liable for damages.
Uber and Lyft both state they’re not liable for their drivers’ behavior, but some injury victims have successfully challenged and held ride-share companies responsible for their drivers’ actions.
Talk to an Arizona Uber or Lyft accident attorney like Shapiro Law Team about your case and whether the company can be deemed liable for their driver’s actions.
When you’re injured in a rideshare vehicle, treat it like a standard car collision. If you’re not sure what that entails, review the following steps.
Examine yourself and other vehicle occupants for obvious or life-threatening injuries. If medical attention is needed, call 911 and request an ambulance. Don’t move anyone with a severe ailment. Wait for the authorities to arrive.
Contact the local authorities to get a detailed report of the incident. A police officer will speak to everyone involved and provide an in-depth summary of the ride-sharing accident. Don’t underestimate the power of a police report. It is an official and essential component of your injury settlement.
If you can, get the names and contact information of all passengers. If witnesses stop, it’s also a good idea to get their contact information. It may seem insignificant, but witness information and photos of damages are the type of evidence you’ll need to prove negligence.
Ride-share companies encourage riders and drivers to report any vehicle collisions immediately. After filling out an accident report document (via the website), expect a representative of that company to contact you.
Pro Tip: Consult an experienced personal injury attorney for ride-share accidents before speaking with a representative or insurance company.
As soon as you can, record everything you remember about the accident. If you have to explain what happened to an insurance adjuster or testify about the accident, these notes will be helpful.
It’s difficult to determine how long an Uber accident settlement will take. Ride-share drivers are independent contractors, so it takes more time to find out what led to the collision.
The factors below will likely impact the timeline of your case:
Like all personal injury settlements, a ride-share accident settlement varies case by case. Three essential factors to consider when determining a settlement include:
If you’re a victim of a ride-share accident, you need to gather enough information to hold the liable party responsible for wrongdoing. Accomplishing this while recovering from your injuries is extremely difficult. Don’t waste another moment fighting this battle alone. Get in touch with a personal injury lawyer from Shapiro Law Team. We have experience in ride-share accidents and deal with Uber and Lyft’s tricky insurance policies.
Call now to get a no-obligation, free consultation with a Shapiro Law Team. We’ll secure the justice you deserve.