The last thing you expect to happen when hailing an Uber is getting into a car accident. Yet, with Uber drivers constantly taking their eyes off the road to check their phones for passenger information, possible reroutes, accept new customers, or make calls to potential customers, the chances of a car accident are high. In fact, research shows there’s been a 2-3% increase in traffic fatalities since 2011 — one year after Uber launched. So, what should you do if you are involved in a car crash while taking an Uber ride? Below we highlight what steps you should take if this happens to you.
Get some photos or videos of the site of the crash, damaged cars, and your injuries (if you have any). These photos will be useful in documenting the accident and filing a claim so that you can prove your case. You may want to call 911 to report the car crash, depending on its severity. It is also a good idea to get the personal information of the drivers involved in the accident. Do not make any allegations before talking to an attorney and assessing your claims. You will also want to inform Uber of the accident so the company can refund your ride.
Seek medical treatment
Even if you don’t have any injuries, seek medical treatment anyway. You may have internal injuries or injuries may arise later. You will be legally protecting yourself and your health by getting a medical evaluation at a clinic right away. When looking for a medical center, search for hospital reviews online to help you determine a suitable clinic for you. You can learn a lot about a medical center by reading a useful review online of its patient care, work environment, and the quality of services provided by the doctors, registered nurses (RN), and medical assistants.
Contact an attorney
After having any injuries treated at a clinic, contact an attorney at a law firm that handles personal injuries or car accidents. Uber does have an accident policy, which covers the driver up to $1 million in liability, thereby covering any damages or injuries toward you, the passenger. Still, this insurance policy only applies when your driver or the other driver is at fault and does not have adequate coverage for bodily injuries or has no insurance at all. If the driver at fault has the appropriate insurance, you will then have to deal with the driver’s insurance provider.
In this case, you should file a claim with the driver’s insurance company in order to receive compensation for your medical expenses and hospital fees, medicine costs, physical therapy, lost income from missing time at work due to the injury or therapy, and any personal items that might have been damaged during the car wreck.
Generally, the majority of attorneys agree that clients will not sue the ride-sharing company, Uber. But it is advised that you send the driver and Uber a preservation of evidence letter. This letter is meant to ensure all data from your Uber ride is preserved. If Uber doesn’t preserve this data properly, then you might be able to sue the ride-sharing company. In most circumstances, you will typically sue the Uber driver for damages. Because Uber drivers are considered third-party service providers or independent contractors, and not Uber staff employees, this makes it much more difficult to determine who is liable and receive the compensation you deserve. Consult with Lawsuit Infocenter regarding a possible lawsuit, litigation services, and other legal options. You may be entitled to compensation you were not originally aware of.