Rideshare applications like Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity in recent years.
The popularity makes sense – it is a rather elegant model. Anyone with a clean car and some time to spare can make extra money by driving people around, and riders can reach drivers directly through an app that is pre-loaded with their payment information. The entire ride is tracked for safety, and no money needs to be exchanged. But while ridesharing has become most people’s preferred way of transport, it is important for riders to educate themselves on what to do if they are in a rideshare accident.
How we handle rideshare accidents
When a rideshare drivers is involved in an accident, there are many different insurance companies involved. Uber and Lyft carry their own insurance, but the rideshare driver’s insurance and the other driver’s insurance may also become involved. If you are injured as a rider and require medical attention, it can be difficult to ascertain where the payment for that medical care will come from. That is where we can help. We will interface with all of the insurance companies for you, and we will not let them pass the blame around at your expense. As a rider, you are in no way at fault for a rideshare accident, and we will do our best to make sure that you receive maximum compensation.
What you should know about handling a rideshare accident
If you are involved in a rideshare accident as a rider, there are several steps that you should take that are unique to the rideshare situation:
- Immediately report the accident to the rideshare application. This will create an official company record of the incident.
- Insist on calling the police and filing an official report. Without one, the rideshare company and the insurance companies can change the narrative.
- Never state that you are uninjured. Injuries may take some time to present, and if you make an official statement that you are fine, any delayed injuries may not be covered.