Steps You Should Take If You’ve Been in an Uber Accident
Uber is a relatively new method of transportation, one that has only been around for about 10 years. It is estimated that Uber provides rides to passengers 15 million times each day. Uber is a low-cost and convenient way to get around. In areas such as Los Angeles where traffic is congested, fewer people own cars and find it easier to use public transportation. While Uber may be convenient to use, collecting for Uber related passenger injuries can be difficult without the help of an experienced Uber passenger injury attorney in Los Angeles.
Being involved in an accident can be very confusing and upsetting for everyone. Although you can never be completely prepared for an accident, you can prepare yourself ahead of time. Learning the following five critical accident steps should keep you from making serious errors that adversely affect your health and the right to payment for your injuries.
Call 911 and Get Medical Care
If you have been injured, no matter how slight you think the injury is, you should seek medical attention either at the accident scene or at a nearby medical facility. The reason for getting medical care is two-fold. First, if you get the proper medical care you minimize the chance of further injuries. Second, by documenting your injuries you protect your legal right to be paid for those injuries.
Contact the Police
When you contact the police and they come to the Uber accident scene, you guarantee that a police report will be filed. The police report will include valuable details of the accident, identifying witnesses, the drivers involved, and include the officer’s assessment of how the Uber accident happened. The report will also help your Uber passenger injury attorney in Los Angeles establish who is responsible for the accident.
Assess the Accident Scene and Gather information
If possible, survey the accident scene and gather information from everyone involved. Obtain phone numbers, driver’s license information, license plate numbers, insurance information, witness testimony, pictures or video of the accident, and the people and vehicles involved. Write down what you remember just before the Uber accident happened, how it happened, and what you witnessed afterward. The more information you gather, the easier it will be for your Uber accident attorney in Los Angeles to collect for your injuries.
Insurance Company Contacts
If you receive a phone call from an insurance company adjuster or lawyer that represents Uber, do NOT speak with them. If you do, the comments you make can be used against you in civil proceedings. If you have retained a personal injury attorney, call them. If you don’t have an auto accident attorney, find the one you trust and let them know about the phone call. You should also call your own personal auto insurance company to let them know about the accident. If you have an Uber accident attorney in Los Angeles, they may contact your insurance company for you.
Hire an Uber Passenger Injury Attorney, File a Claim, and Sue for Damages
If you are thinking about taking legal action for the injuries you sustained in an Uber accident, it is in your best interest to find a lawyer who has extensive experience in rideshare personal injury claims. Your Los Angeles Uber accident attorney can help you obtain compensation for things like:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Travel expenses related to your medical care
- And others
Anyone driving for Uber must have their own insurance policy coverage, in addition to the coverage that Uber provides. Uber’s insurance coverage is limited to different times during the rideshare process and covers the Uber driver for $50,000 of liability coverage from the time the Uber driver’s app is turned on until the app is turned off at the end of the driver’s workday. The exception is when a passenger is picked up, driven to their destination, and then dropped off. During that time, Uber provides $1 million dollars of liability coverage.
If you have been in an Uber accident and are unsure what to do, you can contact us at M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers. Our experienced and compassionate Uber passenger injury attorneys in Los Angeles will gather your information, thoroughly investigate the accident, and work with you to get the best possible settlement for your injuries. Uber has a team of lawyers working on their side, and you should too? Give us a call at (818) 650-3861, or click on this link, for a free case review.