Rideshare companies such as Lyft and Uber have reduced the price and improved the convenience of commuting. Although these services have put measures in place to keep passengers safe, such as providing driver profiles and reviews, there is always a risk that your rideshare vehicle will crash.
If you use rideshare services, it is important that you know what to do after an accident. Your statements and actions in the immediate aftermath could have a profound impact on your ability to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and non-economic damages.
Here are five tips to keep in mind:
- Contact law enforcement;
- Collect contact information from witnesses;
- Photograph the accident scene;
- Gather insurance information; and
- Call a personal-injury lawyer.
If the crash happened in Louisiana, a Lafayette personal-injury lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC will help you fight for the maximum compensation. Our practice has more than 50 attorneys and a support staff of 100 law professionals, and we will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at five steps you should take after a rideshare wreck:
- Contact Law Enforcement
Call the police immediately after the collision. Officers will secure the area and, if necessary, contact emergency medical services.
The police will compile an accident report that contains details about the cause of the crash, injuries and property damages, as well as its time and location. Your auto accident attorney may use this report to prove negligence and liability.
- Collect Contact Information from Witnesses
Witnesses often see aspects of an accident that the people involved miss. For example, a bystander may have noticed the at-fault driver run a red light or behave recklessly immediately before the collision. Your lawyer may use witness testimonies to support your claim.
- Photograph the Accident Scene
Take photos that show your injuries, property damage, skid marks and traffic signs. Also, take wide-angle shots that show the positions of vehicles. Your attorney may use these pictures to show how the crash unfolded and to prove negligence and liability.
- Gather Insurance Information
You will need all drivers’ insurance information in order to make your claim. If you were a passenger in an Uber and your driver was on the clock, and your driver caused the crash, Uber’s commercial vehicle insurance policy should cover your damages. This is not necessarily the case if the Uber driver was off-duty or if another driver caused the crash.
- Call a Personal-Injury Lawyer
An accident attorney will gather evidence, interview witnesses, assess the police report and doctors’ records, and help you fight for the highest possible settlement. If your case goes to trial, your attorney will represent your interests in court.
The lawyers at Morris Bart, LLC have extensive litigation experience. We know the tactics that insurance companies use to cheat claimants out of fair compensation. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation with an auto accident attorney in Lafayette.