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What To Do If You’re Involved In An Uber or Lyft Accident

Uber and Lyft are two ridesharing services that have become popular in recent years. They offer convenience for those in need of alternative transportation, which often includes commuters, students and tourists. The benefits of ridesharing can make it easy to overlook the potential dangers. Ridesharing accidents can lead to significant injuries, high medical costs and lost income from needing to take time off of work. If you were injured, you should speak to a knowledgeable attorney at The Horwitz Law Group at the soonest opportunity for legal guidance tailored to your specific situation.   

What Is the First Step to Take After a Rideshare Accident?

The first step to take after a rideshare accident is to check for injuries. Passengers should assess their well-being and contact law enforcement. An attorney should also be involved since the injured passenger may have the right to compensation.

The moments after an auto accident are often chaotic, and it’s understandable to feel dazed. Once you’ve confirmed your safety, you must take deliberate steps to protect your rights:

  • Take the other driver’s insurance information, as well as that of any other drivers who may be at fault. Liability means they will need to pay for damages.  
  • Write down the details of the accident, as these can be forgotten with so much occurring at once. 
  • Screenshot and save all information about your ride from the app. 
  • Contact the rideshare company to tell them information on the accident and any injuries you developed. 
  • Avoid posting about the accident on social media. Anything you post can be potentially used by the other party’s insurance company to discredit your claim for compensation. 

How Is Liability Determined in a Rideshare Accident?

Determining fault in rideshare accidents can be more complex than doing so in a typical auto accident. There are two kinds of liability to be aware of: 

  • Driver Liability. Generally, the driver can only have coverage under the company’s liability claims if he or she was logged into the ridesharing app while serving you. Personal liability policies have traditionally prohibited the commercial use of a vehicle. Lawyers can explore other sources of compensation, which may include the driver’s assets or uninsured motorist coverage. 
  • Company Liability. Depending on your circumstances, it may be possible to show that the ridesharing company is also liable for the accident. Uber and Lyft cover their drivers under an insurance policy when a passenger is injured while ridesharing. Generally, this policy supersedes the driver’s personal insurance policy, which can simplify the process. 

If the fault is shared or involves a third party, the case will likely become more complex. For instance, if the accident was due to a faulty car part, its manufacturer may be found partially responsible for the incident and therefore owe compensation. 

Call Our Attorneys For a Consultation

Ridesharing may be convenient, but passengers need to know what to do if they are involved in an accident. One of the first steps you should take is to contact an attorney who can help you find a path forward. The Horwitz Law Group represents passengers who were injured in rideshare accidents, and we’ve helped individuals seek compensation in the past. Call our attorneys today to discuss your accident case.



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