Hurt in Uber or Lyft? Here's the 5 Things to do!
If you are a passenger who is involved in an Uber or Lyft car accident in Georgia, then it is important to do these five things:
Call the Police/911. An investigation should be conducted and the incident should be documented in a police report.
Seek medical attention. If you or anyone else is hurt, then the police or paramedics should be called to the accident scene right away. You should accept medical help and to follow up with your own doctors for your injuries afterwards.
Get contact information. This includes names, license plate numbers, driver’s license information, phone numbers, addresses, and insurance information for all drivers. If there are witnesses then get their names, numbers, and addresses.
File claims with insurance companies. Put all of the insurance carriers on notice of your claim as soon as possible. This includes your own car insurance company and the insurance companies of the other drivers.
Be cautious about speaking with insurance adjusters. Insurance adjusters never look out for your best interest. Instead, they are trying to maximize profits for their employers and minimize their payment to you. Anything that you say to an insurance adjuster may be used against you during settlement talks. It's important to not give a recorded statement to any insurance company that is not your own.
Uber and Lyft both have commercial liability insurance policies that may cover your injuries in an accident. There could be a dispute between Uber and the independent contractor who was driving the car, however, as a passenger you will not be the cause of an accident in almost all situations. Additionally, the driver, the rideshare company, and their insurance companies may try to deflect the blame and make it someone else’s responsibility to pay you. Liability may be complicated and one or more parties may be responsible for paying for your damages related to your injuries.
This Is not Your Problem. You Are Entitled to a Recovery That is Fair
As a passenger, you did not cause the accident in which you were injured. Therefore, it is important to follow the steps outlined above and to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You should concentrate on your physical recovery and let your attorney handle the minefield of insurance, liability, and recovery.
If you’ve been involved in a Lyft or Uber accident in Georgia, call me or fill out my form for a free consultation. I can help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries and damages. By calling (404) 610-4429, you will ensure you will receive proper representation against by the at-fault driver and the insurance companies.