Rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft have increased in popularity in recent years and show no signs of slowing down. As a popular mode of transportation, many have taken advantage of these convenient services.
Unfortunately, an increase in drivers also increases the risk of a wreck occurring. If you are a passenger in a rideshare collision, you want to avoid mistakes that could jeopardize an injury claim. You also want to take some important steps right away, our Houston car accident attorney advises.
What to Do After a Rideshare Crash
If possible, you will want to do these four things as soon as possible after an accident.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Your health should always take precedence in a car accident. Even if you do not think you have an injury related to the crash, it is important to be checked out, as many injuries are invisible and/or make themselves known later on. Having medical records also strengthens your case when you file a legal claim.
Report the Accident
Report your accident to both police and the rideshare company. Stay at the scene until the police have arrived and completed their report. Again, this report will serve as evidence. When reporting to the rideshare company, do not apologize or give an abundant amount of details. Interactions should be brief, as insurance companies like to use words against passengers in an attempt to avoid paying.
Identify Potentially Liable Parties
If you are injured in a rideshare car, responsibility for the accident isn’t always cut and dried. Your damages might be covered by:
- A third-party motorist’s insurance company
- The rideshare driver’s liability policy
- The rideshare company’s liability policy
- The rideshare company’s uninsured/underinsured motorist policy
Understand Your Passenger Rights
If you regularly use Uber or Lyft, it is important to know your passenger rights. As a passenger, you have the right to:
- A safe and newer vehicle. A Lyft or Uber should never be more than ten years old.
- Seat belts. All rideshare workers must provide working seat belts for every passenger.
- Sober drivers. Drivers should never operate a vehicle under the influence, and you should refuse the ride and report it to the rideshare company if you suspect intoxication.
- Personal space. Drivers should never make inappropriate or harassing comments, regardless of whether or not they are distracting enough to cause an accident.
- Safety. Rideshare drivers should not engage in risky behavior like speeding or road rage.
If you are injured in a rideshare accident, it is important to speak to an attorney to guide you through what can quickly become a complicated situation. By following the steps advised by an experienced injury lawyer, your claim can be processed efficiently and customized with your unique situation in mind. At SJ Injury Attorneys, we have the background necessary for a successful claim against rideshare companies.