Over the past decade, the ridesharing industry has exploded across the globe from New York to Hong Kong. Passengers now have the convenience of scheduling a ride wherever they are and being picked up by regular people working in partnership with companies like Uber and Lyft. Seniors and students that are often on tight budgets have become the largest percentage of ride-sharing participants.
These unique companies have been embraced by the young and the old, providing riders with cheaper rates and more flexible schedules, making them more popular than traditional taxiing services. However, what happens if you are injured, harassed or a loved one is killed in an accident while riding in an Uber? Who is responsible, and how can you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries or the loss of a loved one?
With ride-sharing services being a reasonably new business entity, lawmakers and insurance providers are racing to catch up with regulations and coverage that protect both drivers and passengers. The current laws tend to make a personal injury case like an intoxication manslaughter charge against an Uber driver a complicated process and require a qualified team of attorneys.
Seniors are a vulnerable sector of the population, so it’s important to understand how to keep yourself safe in any situation, including ridesharing. Follow these tips to help keep you safe when you call for a ride:
- Confirm both the car model and driver identification before you accept a ride from any shared services like Uber or Lyft
- Review all driver comments and ratings
- Never pay with cash
- Stay sober
- Let a friend know where you are headed
What to Do After an Uber Accident
When you use your Uber app to schedule your ride, you are automatically covered by a $1 million liability policy, along with any private coverage that you may have and any additional coverage purchased by the driver. These amounts only come into play if the Uber was involved in an accident while they are “in service.”
Any legal action following an injury or loss during an Uber accident can be problematic due to these variables. It’s advantageous to bring in a personal injury lawyer who has experience with Uber cases to advocate for your compensation. Whether you are injured in an Uber accident or any other type of car collision, there are specific steps that you should take following the incident. Let’s take a brief look at what you should do following any kind of accident.
Stay On the Scene
It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident if you are a driver. If you are a passenger, you should stay on the scene and wait until police and EMS teams arrive to assess the situation and your physical condition. Make a statement to the police and allow EMS to evaluate your injuries.
The success of legal action following a car accident, including as an Uber passenger, hinges on your ability to build a solid case. It’s essential to gather as much evidence as you can while you are on the scene. Collect contact information from all drivers and passengers, talk to eyewitnesses and ask them for statements, request a copy of the accident report from the police, and take lots of pictures of the scene and your injuries.
Talk to an Attorney
Filing a personal injury claim is complex and should only be attempted with a qualified attorney’s help. A personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal system, negotiate with both insurance companies, and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Modern technology and innovation have helped to create the booming ride-sharing industry. If you use Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare program, keep these tips in mind in case of an accident to help protect your future.
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