Rideshare Accidents

Car Accident Lawyer

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have become one of the most common means of transportation. Anyone can just pull out their phone and order a ride to any local destination. But as these become more common, accidents involving rideshare passengers have also become more common. Because you are a passenger in someone else’s car, you may be uncertain about how to report an accident or what to do if you’re injured. But reporting this kind of accident involves many of the same steps as any other kind of accident. 

If you are involved in a Lyft or Uber accident, you should: 

  1. Call 911 if you or anyone else is injured. 
  2. Contact the police to report the accident. 
  3. Obtain the driver’s insurance information.

The important distinction comes from the fact that the driver was driving for a rideshare company at the time of the accident; this means that the company has its own insurance company and rideshare accident lawyers to deal with driver accidents. In order to ensure that you have as much information as possible, it is essential that you also find out how to contact the company’s insurance. 

If you are injured in a rideshare accident, filing a claim on the driver’s insurance may be enough to get you the compensation you need. But there are many circumstances when you have to contact a rideshare lawyer. These include: 

  • The rideshare driver is uninsured or does not have an adequate policy. 
  • You are unable to contact the driver or they refuse to give you their information.
  • The driver refuses to give a statement. 
  • More than one insurance policy has denied your claim. 

The goal behind a personal injury lawsuit is always the same: to restore any financial damages to the victim that happened as a direct result of being injured in an accident. This remains true when you are in an accident because of using a rideshare app. Following the normal accident procedure of making a police report, contacting the driver’s insurance and filing a claim to receive damages is still the best way to proceed. But when multiple insurance companies are involved, since rideshare companies have their own insurance, they will often disagree on who fronts the bill, leaving running around in circles trying to figure out who is responsible for paying you damages. 

If this happens to you, contact a car accident lawyer, like from Hickey & Turim, SC, to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.