Many people in Laredo and throughout Texas use ridesharing services. People can get a driver to take them to a destination just by accessing an app. It can be very convenient and helps drivers earn money. But a Lyft or Uber accident can have serious consequences. Victims may suffer serious injuries and medical expenses can add up fast.
If you’ve been injured in a Lyft or Uber accident caused by negligence, you deserve financial compensation. But it can be complicated, and the insurance company responsible for compensating you often depends on many different factors at the time of the crash. John R. Solis, Attorney at Law can guide you through the legal process every step of the way.
There are steps you can take immediately following the crash to protect your health and your rights.
Call the police.
If you cannot do so, ask someone else to call. The police can secure the accident scene to help keep everyone safe. They can also investigate what happened. The police will then fill out an accident report to document the crash. This report will contain important information that can help you build a strong claim and recover damages.
Get medical attention.
Be sure to get looked over by a doctor or another medical professional, even if you don’t think you’ve been hurt too badly. You may have suffered an injury but aren’t showing symptoms yet. A doctor knows what to look for, can document the injuries you suffered and start you on any necessary treatment.
Gather the names and contact information for all drivers, passengers and witnesses. Also get information about the Uber or Lyft insurance policy that the driver has. Ask the driver if they were logged into the app at the time of the crash – this helps determine which insurance policy was in effect at the time of your crash.
If you are able to do so, take photos or video of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles. Be sure to include any nearby traffic signs or signals, landmarks, debris and skid marks. You can also take photos of any injuries you have suffered.
Report the accident to your insurance company.
If your vehicle was involved in the accident, you need to notify your insurance company. Stick to the facts. Let them know what happened, but don’t offer any additional information. Decline any request to make a recorded statement.
Report the accident to the ridesharing company.
Using the app or the websites for Lyft or Uber, report the accident. You may be contacted by a company representative shortly after you make the report. Politely decline to answer any question and explain you would like to talk to an attorney first.
Contact a lawyer.
Lyft, Uber and the driver involved all have their own insurance companies, and none of them are on your side. An attorney working for you can look out for your best interests and protect your rights.
If you’ve been injured in a Lyft or Uber accident, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Contact Laredo Attorney John R. Solis to schedule a free case evaluation. He can review the details of your accident, go over your legal options and answer any questions that you have.