Many California drivers get into accidents with Uber or Lyft drivers every day. It is important to know what to do after an Uber or Lyft accident. It may be possible to recover damages whether you were the passenger or were driving another vehicle.
The first thing to do after an Uber or Lyft accident is the same thing that you would do after any motor vehicle accident (MVA) and contact emergency services. Fill out a statement with the police and request medical treatment for anyone injured in the accident.
Next it is important to gather as much information as possible at the scene of the accident. This includes exchanging insurance and identification information with any other drivers, requesting contact information from any potential witnesses and taking as many photographs as possible.
The next step is to contact the rideshare company to notify them about the accident. It is easy to report an Uber accident to the company using the app.
Uber has insurance to cover personal injuries and property damage resulting from an MVA. A driver’s own insurance may cover the accident, but only if they have rideshare coverage and the accident occurred while the driver had a passenger.
The amount that Uber will cover depends on the nature of the accident. Coverage for the time that the driver has a passenger is higher than when the driver has the app on and is on their way to pick up a passenger.
An attorney may be able to help individuals who were injured in an MVA with Uber or Lyft recover damages. An attorney might be able to assist clients by compiling evidence regarding the incident, interviewing witnesses, negotiating with insurance companies, demanding a settlement from Uber or Lyft, consulting with expert witnesses, filing a lawsuit against all at-fault parties and arguing the case at a jury trial, if necessary.