Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have a history of disrupting every arena they enter, and automotive accident law is no exception.
Car accidents are confusing and stressful as is — when rideshare companies are involved, however, they become even more complicated. The laws regulating these services are still evolving, and especially in Southern California, they lead to a lot of legal confusion.
Whether you’re an Uber or Lyft driver, a rideshare passenger, or another driver involved in the accident, a rideshare collision marks the start of a bureaucratic headache. Between standard car insurance, rideshare insurance, and Uber and Lyft themselves, it’s difficult to know who owes you compensation for your injuries.
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What to Do After You’ve Been Injured in a Uber or Lyft Accident
- Never admit fault
- Always get a police report
- Take down the contact information of any witnesses, including passengers.
After you get home, you’ll need to take some more steps to protect yourself:
1. See the DoctorIn any car accident there is a risk of serious injuries like spinal damage, traumatic brain injury, and broken bones. Even if you don’t have obvious symptoms, you need to go to the hospital as soon as possible. Seeing the doctor will keep you alive and help strengthen your claim.
2. Document the DamageTake detailed notes about your experience, your injuries, and your medical care. Keep all the receipts and correspondence from your interactions with doctors, insurance companies, rideshare companies, and others. Take many photographs of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.
3. Stay QuietRepresentatives from Uber or Lyft and adjusters from insurance companies might call you and ask for a statement. Get their name and phone number but do not speak about the accident or agree to sign any documents. These people are not your friend — they are searching for any way to reduce the compensation they’ll have to pay you.
4. Call a LawyerTo insurance and rideshare companies, unrepresented victims are easy targets. They’ll do anything they can to undercompensate you for your injuries. The Uber and Lyft accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel Kim are trained to deal with insurance and rideshare companies and ensure you get as much compensation as possible.