What to Do After An Uber or Lyft Accident

Now that the pandemic is slowing down, there are many more people starting to use ride share services like Uber and Lyft to travel. With more people on the road, this will lead to more accidents. Whether you are a driver for a rideshare company, or an Uber or a Lyft passenger, a car accident on the way to where you’re going can be a disaster.

Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber have actually shown a decrease in DUIs in the United States, likely because there is a great increase in the number of non-impaired drivers. However, there has been an actual increase in car crash fatalities since the introduction of these rideshare companies. After studies, there have been some startling statistics:

  • Rideshare companies have added 2-3% of car accident fatalities, approximately 1,100 fatalities.1
  • There are about 100 deaths per year due to rideshare companies
  • There are billions of rideshare trips per year 

There are several different ways that you could be involved in an Uber or Lyft crash:

  • You can be the rideshare driver if you were on a ride
  • You could be the rideshare passenger in an Uber or Lyft
  • You can be another person involved, whether it be a driver or passenger in a different vehicle, or a pedestrian cyclist

Read your accents can be very dangerous because people may not realize how intraday are after such an accident. Often times people will experience some kind of head injury or brain injury, where they don’t realize the full effects of the injury until much later.

If you happen to be in the unfortunate position of being in a Lyft or Uber accident, call a rideshare accident lawyer right away about your case. At Jonny Law, our rideshare crash attorneys go up against the biggest corporations and their insurance companies in order to get you the best recovery. Call us at anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-566-4868 or reach out to us online to discuss your case.

Who Is Liable If You Get Into a Lyft or Uber Accident?

After getting into a rideshare accident, it’s very important to figure out who is at fault. The person who caused the accident is the one that is liable for the damages caused to anyone. This person may be required under the law to compensate for another’s damages.

You may be involved in an Uber or Lyft accident in many different ways:

  • Your rideshare driver is speeding in order to finish their trips quicker
  • Your ride share driver is starting in a dangerous location to pick you up or drop you off
  • There are noisy passengers in the rideshare that distract the driver
  • There are dangerous weather conditions that affect driving
  • Your rideshare driver has been driving for very long hours, or is driving while distracted
  • You’re rideshare driver doesn’t follow the local traffic laws

Figuring out who is at fault may not be so simple after a Lyft or Uber car accident. Therefore, you may need proof in order to show who is actually at fault.

What Happens After a Lyft or Uber Accident?

If you’re feeling “OK” after a rideshare accident, you still should go to a nearby urgent care and get yourself checked out to start documenting any possible entries that you have. Medical treatment can be very expensive, and if left untreated, can be even more severe and expensive.

If the rideshare company is actually responsible for your injury, then you should be compensated for the cost of your treatment from them. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft want to pay the absolute minimum in order to compensate you for your injuries so that they can maximize their profits. This could mean leaving you with the bill.

Rideshare companies and their insurance companies are not there to help you when you get into an accident. It’s very important for you to not speak to the rideshare company or their insurance company until you have consulted with an attorney on your side. Any statements can and very likely will be used against you to deny your injuries.

Can You Get Compensated For Your Accident?

Usually, rideshare companies have insurance to cover their vehicles and the drivers. Also, the driver themselves may have insurance as well. The amount of recovery you can get from an Uber or Lyft settlement depends on various factors:

  • The severity and extent of the medical treatment you needed
  • How much pain and suffering do you have experienced
  • How much lost wages you have suffered

A ride here accident could help you with the following:

  • Securing payments for your medical bills, both what you have endured in the past and what you may endure in the future
  • Any lost wages because of what you experienced
  • Pain and suffering up until now and into the future

If you have greater injuries, you may be able to recover more. After such a rideshare accident, the company or their insurance company may try and call you with a very low settlement offer, in the hopes that you will just settle right away. A rideshare lawyer can help you figure out whether the offer is worth settling for, or if you should try and get more.

Call the rideshare lawyers at Jonny Law for a free consultation at any time by calling 800-566-4868 or contact us with our online form.

Footnotes

[1] Chicago Booth Study

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