It is fair to say that ride sharing companies have changed the way in which we travel, and the likes of Uber and Lyft are leading the way in helping people get around. Whilst these are generally safe ways of getting around however, any vehicle on the road runs the risk of getting into an accident. Should you be in an Uber or a Lyft vehicle and you do get into an accident, a lot of people are unsure what they should be doing.
Thankfully Uber Lyft accidents are not common, but if they do happen and the figures are rising with increased usage, here is what you need to know if you are involved.
Should You Call The Police?
No matter what the driver of the vehicle says, it is important that you call the police following an accident. Even if you don’t feel hurt, and even if the car is drivable, it is worth you getting out of the vehicle and calling the police, this is always the safest thing to do.
Should You Take Photos?
It can be tough to remember what you should be doing after you have been in an accident, but if you do have the presence of mind, taking photos is a good idea. This could help you if you need to claim after an injury and it gives you evidence of what has taken place. Try to take as many images as possible.
Should You Call The Company?
Both Uber and Lyft have sections on their apps and their websites where you can log an incident, and this is important to do. On this section there will be a space where you can fill out what has taken place, and it will be important that you fill as many details in as possible. This is not for you to suggest blame, merely for you to describe the event.
Should You Make a Claim?
If you are injured as a result of the accident then you should most certainly speak with specialist lawyers who will be able to guide you through this process. Firstly they will be able to tell you right away whether or not there is a claim which you can make. No matter who is at fault for the accident, in almost all cases that person would not be you. The claim will either be made against the Uber or Lyft driver, alternatively it will be made against the other guilty party in the accident.
Owing to the rise in use of Uber and Lyft, and in turn the rise in accidents which happen in these vehicles, there are many law firms which now specialize in these kinds of claims. If you have been involved in an accident the key is to gather as much information and photographic evidence as possible, and then seek advice from a specialist law firm before you do anything else.