Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft try to decrease your odds of being involved in a car accident. As a rule, drivers who have been given three traffic tickets, been responsible for multiple accidents, or been guilty of even one serious traffic infraction (such as a DUI) are typically suspended. However, drivers are still prone to error, as is everyone else on the road, and occasional accidents are inevitable.
What to Do When You’ve Been in an Uber or Lyft Accident
Passengers are typically confused as to what to do after being involved in an accident while using a ridesharing service, since the rules are different for affected persons not driving either vehicle involved.
In some circumstances, your course of action will differ depending on how you have been affected by the accident. However, regardless of how minor the accident may seem at the time, be sure to gather the driver’s insurance information and notify the ridesharing company of the accident. After you or the driver reports the accident, Uber and Lyft will be very quick to contact you via email. They will apologize for the incident, and reimburse you for the ride. They will also ask you if you were injured. You must keep in mind that the full extent of your injuries may not be known at that time. If you have been injured, seek medical attention right away and document all of the injuries you sustained in the accident, paying special attention to invisible sprains such as whiplash and other soft tissue injuries affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints.
Depending on the severity of the injuries you have sustained and how violent your Uber or Lyft accident was, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. While Uber and Lyft consider their drivers independent contractors, they still provide substantial insurance coverage for you as a passenger. Don’t go up against insurance companies and corporate giants like Uber without an experienced Uber or Lyft car accident attorney on your side.
Our team at Denver Trial Lawyers ® is here to help you secure fair treatment and appropriate compensation, and we are committed to safeguarding your future. Don’t wait until insurance companies start pushing you around to figure out what constitutes fair compensation for damages and suffering.
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