If you are injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle—or were crashed into by an Uber or Lyft driver—you may be wondering what to do after a ridesharing accident. When making a personal injury claim, it is important to keep in mind that insurance liability in a ridesharing accident is much different than a typical car accident. For help recovering compensation, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
What to Do After a Ridesharing Accident | Three Things to Do
There are three simple things that must be done as soon as possible after a ridesharing accident. The first thing is to contact the local government agency, either the police department, Department of Public Safety, or the local sheriff’s office. The second thing that is also very important is to seek immediate medical attention. This means going to the local hospital and your medical provider. The last thing that is extremely important is that you contact an experienced lawyer that handles ridesharing cases. The reason is because there may need to be an expert that gets hired to look at the speed of either the Uber/Lyft driver’s car or another car that was involved in the accident. You also want to hire a lawyer to make sure your rights are protected.
What to Do After a Ridesharing Accident | Suing Uber and Lyft
Uber and Lyft are well known for their encouragement in reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road. However noble the intentions may be, it’s been discovered in a study that was published by the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2016 that these ridesharing companies have not affected the number of fatal traffic accidents on the road. There is a danger about these companies that is often overlooked. Uber and Lyft do not require their drivers to undergo specific driving training like taxis and buses require. They are only required to have a valid driver’s license, a vehicle, and insurance. Essentially, that means that your Uber or Lyft driver is as good as anyone else on the road which is certainly cause for concern considering the amount of traffic accidents there are every single day.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft and have questions about what to do after a ridesharing accident? Contact our experienced Texas ridesharing accident lawyers at Garcia & Ochoa today for a free consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.