What to do if You Are Hurt in an Uber or Lyft Accident

What to do if You Are Hurt in an Uber or Lyft Accident

Rideshare solutions Uber and Lyft are two of the most convenient mobile-based apps in the last few years, enabling you to use your smartphone to contact a driver, set up a ride, and pay for your trip with just a few swipes. Both are extremely popular in Chicago, as they eliminate the hassles of dealing with traffic and trying to find a rare parking spot. However, auto accidents can happen any time you get in a car, so there is always the potential that you could be hurt. The scenario raises many questions about liability and what to do if you are injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Chicago.

Seek Proper Medical Care

Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, you should call 911 for an ambulance and emergency treatment; if your injuries are minor, head to an urgent care facility or visit your primary care physician as soon as you are able. Medical care should be a priority for health reasons, and also because timing is important when you file a claim for compensation. There is a presumption that your injuries are not serious if you wait too long, and your recovery may be reduced.

Collect Evidence Where Possible

You do not have access to the vehicles after a Lyft or Uber accident, so it is important to gather as much evidence as you can in the aftermath. Use your phone to capture images of:

  • All vehicles and license plate numbers;
  • All damage sustained by the car you were riding in and others involved in the accident;
  • The road and conditions surrounding the scene of the crash, such as traffic lights and signs, signage, structures, construction, others.

In addition, jot down the contact and insurance information for all drivers, and owners of the vehicles if they were not actually operating the car.

File Claims for Your Injuries

In many ways, riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle is just like being a passenger in any other car: You will file a claim with their insurance companies to obtain compensation for your losses. Fortunately, rideshare services provide liability insurance for drivers in addition to what the owner of the car purchases for personal use. Still, these claims can be complicated due to questions of fault between and among the drivers. The best move is to file with all insurers to cover all potential sources of compensation.

Contact a Chicago Car Accident Attorney About your Options

One of the most important things to do after an Uber or Lyft accident is to consult with an experienced auto accident lawyer about your circumstances right away. Considering the complex claims process and multiple parties involved, you put your legal rights at risk if you do not have a skilled advocate on your side. If you were hurt in a ride share crash and would like to hear more about your options to recover compensation, please contact Michael T. Friedman & Associates in Chicago, IL. We can schedule a consultation to assess the details of your case and assist with filing a claim.