Rideshare companies have revolutionized the convenience and affordability of public transportation. According to a study by Princeton University, there were more than 160,000 Uber drivers operating in the United States at the end of 2014.
It is important to note, however, that rideshare vehicles are not impervious to accidents. Some of these collisions cause serious or fatal injuries to passengers.
If you were injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, time off work and other damages. If the crash happened in Louisiana, contact a Baton Rouge personal-injury lawyer from Morris Bart. We can evaluate your case to determine if you may have valid grounds for a claim.
Schedule a consultation today by calling 800-537-8185. Until then, read on to learn five steps to take after a rideshare accident:
- Call the Police
Contact the police immediately after the crash. Officers can secure the scene and call emergency medical assistance.
Ask the police to complete a report. Your accident lawyer may be able to use this document to strengthen your claim. You may have to visit the police station to get a copy of the report, so request the station details from the officer who compiles it.
- Gather Details from Drivers and Witnesses
Speak to all the drivers who were in the crash, and request their contact details. Write down their full names, phone numbers and addresses.
Also, gather contact details from eyewitnesses. Ask them politely if they would be willing to testify. If the at-fault driver denies liability, your personal-injury lawyer may use witness testimonies to strengthen your claim.
- Take Photographs of the Accident
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, you should take photographs at the scene of any crash – especially if you suffered an injury. These pictures may help your accident lawyer prove liability or negligence.
Take photos that show the entire scene from a wide angle. Also, take close-up shots of property damage and injuries. Use your camera or smartphone’s timestamp option to record the date and time one each photo.
- Request Insurance Details
Your Uber or Lyft driver should have insurance. According to Uber, the company has a policy that covers drivers and passengers for up to $1 million per incident for injuries and property damage. This also includes injuries to third parties such as pedestrians and cyclists. You can obtain the driver’s insurance information through Uber’s support channels, or directly on the Uber driver’s application.
- Contact a Personal-Injury Lawyer
Contact an accident attorney as soon as possible. A personal-injury lawyer can gather evidence, structure your claim and fight for the maximum compensation.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Louisiana, contact a Baton Rouge accident lawyer from Morris Bart. We strive to provide all of our clients with the attention, compassion and respect they deserve. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.