With the advent of ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft, many people’s lives have gotten easier, especially those who no longer worry about getting a ride home after a night of drinking or don’t have a vehicle of their own. These apps are extremely popular in thanks to their ease of convenience and usefulness, but it is important to remember the risks you take when you get into a ridesharing vehicle. Determining liability and obtaining the compensation you deserve for can quickly descend into confusion when independent contractors are involved.
Most passengers are unaware of proper protocol to follow if they are injured in an Uber or Lyft accident. Unfortunately, as a passenger, you cannot place your hope in these massive companies because it is almost guaranteed you are not their priority. Multi-million-dollar companies will not look out for you in terms of compensation or insurance, which is why it is up to you to arm yourself with legal representation immediately.
While Uber provides up to a million dollars’ worth of liability coverage per incident, it certainly isn’t easy to prove legal responsibility against a ridesharing company who has an army of lawyers to avoid this very situation. Naturally, ridesharing companies will do all they can to ensure they don’t have to pay up. However, a skilled and knowledgeable car accident attorney will determine fault and speed up this process and working to ensure you aren’t left behind in the entire litigation process.
If involved in an accident as a passenger in a ride-sharing service vehicle, do the following:
- Call 911 to report the accident and get medical help for you, your passengers, or anyone
- Utilize your smartphone and take as much photographic evidence as possible. Collect pictures of the vehicles, road damage, surrounding areas, and any other pertinent information.
- Exchange information with everyone involved, even if it seems excessive. You never know what information will be useful in the future.
- Enlist the services of a legal team to advocate for your rights to compensation.
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At Leonard Law Group, we are comprised of Personal Injury lawyers who have a sincere dedication to advocating on behalf of those who have suffered at the hands of another’s negligence. No matter the challenges of your scenario, we are determined to be your guide throughout this difficult process. Our legal team will work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve, for any costly medical bills, loss of work, or pain and suffering--we won’t give up on you.
Contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule an initial consultation by calling (312) 487-2513.