You could contact a personal injury lawyer if you sustain injuries while riding in an Uber. You have the legal right to make claims when you are a passenger in an Uber and get into an accident. According to the Transportation Network Company Act, Uber drivers must have liability insurance. You can hold the driver liable for your injuries when he or she is responsible for the accident.
Engaging a personal injury lawyer in the process could be beneficial. A lawyer will oversee the claims process and negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf. Many Uber users do not know the protection the law provides if they sustain injuries while using the service.
What Should You Do at the Accident Scene?
Your safety is of paramount concern after your Uber driver is in an accident. The first thing you should do is seek medical attention for your injuries. Even if you do not have visible injuries after an accident, you could be injured. Some injuries do not manifest immediately after the accident because they may be internal. Only a doctor can ascertain your well-being when you get into an accident.
Call the police to the accident scene once you have received or called for medical services. Then collect the information from the Uber driver, including his or her contact details, name, and insurance company details. Take photos of the injuries you have sustained at the accident while they are still fresh and collect the personal information of any eyewitness in the accident (if you are in a position to).
The best option after an accident would be to call a personal injury lawyer straight away. Evidence in accident scenes deteriorates fast. Your lawyer will arrive at the scene as fast as possible and gather the requisite evidence on your behalf. Letting a personal injury lawyer handle the legal side of the case gives you ample time to get medical attention.
What If Another Driver Was Responsible For the Accident?
Your accident might not have been the Uber driver’s fault. In this case, the insurance company for the at-fault driver of the other car (or Uber) will be liable for paying your damages.
You will need the following information for filing a claim against the liable party:
- The name and address of the driver responsible for the accident
- The at-fault driver’s insurance company information
- The license information of the at-fault driver
- The registration details of the responsible driver’s vehicle
Your Uber driver will most likely collect this information too. Do not let this prevent you from recording the details yourself. It is better to have this information with you than to rely on the Uber driver’s records. You are never certain of the authenticity of the information from another party.
How Does Involving a Lawyer in the Case Benefit You?
Your lawyer can examine your case details and estimate the actual value of your losses to pursue the compensation you are entitled to. They will file claims and negotiate a settlement with the responsible insurance company on your behalf.
If the insurance company agrees to the settlement, you will get your fair share of the damages. If the company contests, your lawyer will compel them to pay by filing a lawsuit. The courts may order the insurance company to:
- Pay for your medical bills
- Pay for the wages you lost because of being unable to work as a result of your injuries
- Pay for the emotional trauma you experienced because of the accident
- Cover the cost of adding a ramp to your house
We know you’re worried about providing for your family. But you are not alone. Our team can identify all your accident-related losses.
How Can I Help My Lawyer Tackle My Uber Accident Case?
Our team will handle the entire case for you, so you never have to worry about anything. We will also keep you updated until the end. However, you could do certain things to make it easier for our attorneys. These include:
- Paying attention to how you feel, physically and emotionally
- Gathering receipts and medical documents
- Taking photos of your injuries and the damage to involved vehicles
- Keeping the contact information for all drivers
- Telling us about all the details you can remember
Contact George Sink P.A. Injury Lawyers for Legal Advice
“What if I get injured in an accident while riding in an Uber?” Have you been pondering over this question of late? Well, George Sink P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you understand your legal options.
Our team can file a claim and negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If you got injured while riding an Uber and need help recovering damages, contact us at (888) 612-7001 for a free consultation.