When you use an app like Uber to click for a ride, you probably are not thinking about what could happen if your Uber driver gets into an accident. Unfortunately, New York post indicates that car crashes have skyrocketed as ride sharing services have become more popular. Because there is a very real risk of a collision occurring, you need to know what to do after an accident.
After an accident in a ride sharing service, you need to:
- Get medical help
- Understand who is liable for losses- which means getting legal help.
- Gather evidence to prove liability- which also means you need a lawyer.
- Pursue a case for compensation, in court or out, with the help of your attorney.
Getting medical help is important because a doctor's diagnosis and prompt treatment could possibly save your life if you have suffered serious car accident injuries. Understanding who is liable for losses is also vital, as there could be different parties who have to compensate you for damages.
Depending upon how the crash happened and who was to blame, you could pursue a case against your Uber driver or other driver of a ride sharing service; you could pursue a case against Uber or the other company that facilitated your ride; or you could pursue a case against another motorist who caused the crash while you were in the Uber car.
Once you know who is liable, you're going to need to make a strong claim. An attorney will help you to find accident reconstruction specialists and other experts who can testify about what happened and how the crash occurred. Your lawyer can also help subpoena documents like phone records and police reports of the crash.
Uber drivers are often on their phones all the time as they try to get trips, and they may be drowsy if they're working multiple shifts with different car sharing companies. If you can prove the driver was fatigued, distracted, or otherwise did something dangerous, you could likely obtain compensation from that driver's insurer and/or from Uber. Uber has provided up to a million dollars worth of liability coverage per incident since 2013.
Finally, you need help from an attorney to pursue your claim for compensation. You may be able to resolve your case outside of court, but should be aware that insurance companies know how to deal with victims so they accept less compensation than they deserve. You should have a legal advocate negotiating on your behalf with the knowledge necessary to get you fair compensation. Your attorney is also prepared and ready to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim in civil court in the event that the insurance company responsible for paying damages does not agree to compensate you fairly for your losses.