Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft and offer a great deal of convenience when you need a ride. But have you ever wondered what happens if you get into a car accident as a passenger in a ride share vehicle?
When it comes to applying for a rideshare position, all that is generally required is to meet the minimum driving age requirement, a valid driver’s license, insurance, a clean driving record and a background check.
There aren’t any additional driving requirements, tests, or certifications that help ensure that these drivers are safer than regular vehicle operators when on the road. You could step into a vehicle with a driver who has road rage, is reckless or even distracted. There has been an increasing number of accidents involving rideshare drivers. According to the latest data, ride-sharing was associated with a 2% to 3% increase in the number of car occupants and pedestrians killed in accidents between 2011 and 2016. We’re not saying never to use a rideshare service, but to use caution and understand the risk you take when you step into the vehicle.
What Do I Do in an Accident?
You need to get proper medical evaluation and treatment. Car accidents can cause minor to severe injuries or even death. Even if you feel fine, symptoms can manifest hours or days after an accident. It’s best to seek treatment early.
File a police report. Report your experience and the situation that lead up to the crash. Find witnesses who saw what happened and who can corroborate the events that transpired.
Get the insurance information from all the involved parties. Make sure to get their names and contact information.
Document the accident with photographs and video. Write down your version of events. Get a copy of the police report and your medical records.
An investigation will be conducted. Don’t be surprised if the rideshare company tries to reduce the severity of events. It’s important to know who is at fault so a claim can be filed to the responsible party’s insurance. But this is where the case can get difficult. Most Uber/Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors, while they carry auto insurance, this is considered personal insurance. But if they’re working in an official capacity, their personal insurance will point to Uber/Lyft and say they are responsible to cover their contractor.
This is where you need to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. We understand how complicated these accidents can be and the tactics insurance companies may use to settle for as cheaply as possible. Don’t be tricked, you can be entitled to damages that can cover medical bills, time off work associated with the accident, pain and suffering, and more. The best chance you have is to speak to an attorney quickly so you can get your claim started. At McMullin Injury Law we’ll guide you through the process and get you the compensation and justice you deserve.