Uber has changed the landscape of how we get around. Having to whistle and wave your hands like a madman every time a cab went by, only for it to say it won’t take a ride, can sure get frustrating. But with the advent of mobile smart phone and the power of the internet, those days are long behind us.
Ride-hailing apps have cut itself out a nice niche piece of the transportation pie, with apps like Uber and Lyft operating in largely the same way. The way we take cabs and move in and around the city has changed drastically for both drivers who roam the city streets for a ride or a passenger who wants to request a ride.
There is no guarantee that you will be safe catching one of these rides or share one. The idea of getting a cab with the tap of a phone and not having to haggle prices once you reach the destination surely sounds sweet, but the drivers aren’t all professionals. All it takes is a few bad apples to spoil the bunch!
This is exactly why it is no surprise that the number of Uber car accidents happening in and around Los Angeles, has skyrocketed in the past few years.
You may not know or even realize that the steps that you have to take immediately after you have been involved in an accident with an Uber driver- whether you are a pedestrian, a passenger or sitting in another car. The actions that you take following the mishap can affect your ability to recover compensation. Let us take a look at what you need to be aware of:
Report The Accident To Police And Uber
Don’t shy from contacting the police. The police report is an essential document, which in itself is not admissible evidence in a civil court, but is one of the key documents that are needed to pursue compensation.
After you have been in an accident, ask for an officer to be sent to the scene. Once they arrive, they will record the important details relating to the crash and document the accident.
These details could range from witness names, weather and traffic conditions, and even sketches- all of which can be forgotten before the court appearance you are to make. When you get in touch with an Uber car accident attorney to file an injury claim, one of the documents that they rely on is the accident report- this forms the crux of their own investigation.
Lastly, don’t forget to notify Uber that you have been in an accident. Uber has a $1 million insurance policy for each of its drivers, per accident. The insurance provider may fight you if there is no formal record of the accident!
Document The Accident And Take Down The Relevant Information
The memory of your accident will fade over time. Taking photos of the Uber vehicle and other vehicles involved will help in gathering key photographic evidence. Document the damage- take these snaps from close-ups and from different angles and distances. There may be relevant details that you may not notice. Your attorney will thank you for this!
Don’t limit yourself to just photos of the vehicles involved. Take photos of your injuries, and talk to witnesses and/or other passengers. Take in their contact info so that you can request them to testify in court. Write down the events that you remember.
Get To The Hospital Even If You Don’t Feel Any Immediate Pain Or Discomfort
Under no circumstances must you skip the visit to the doctor. You may have sustained internal injuries, such as that caused by whiplash, which may not show symptoms right away.
A trip to the doctor is not only to make sure that you are out of harm’s way but to also document and establish a causal link between your injuries and the Uber accident. Don’t delay this visit!
Collect every prescription, medical records and bills that have all of your medical expenses and the injuries sustained penned down.
Don’t Accept Offers Or Negotiate Before Having A Talk With Your Lawyer
Uber accidents are often mired in complexities as many parties are involved. You have the Uber driver, other negligent third parties, insurance companies- All of whom who don’t want to take the tab and will be pointing fingers at one another.
Negotiating a settlement can get quite challenging, especially for someone who doesn’t know what they are doing. The best course of action is to appoint an attorney for Uber accident. They will handle your discussion with all parties and insurance companies. This will help in protecting your interest and preventing the insurance company from driving down the value of your claim.
An experienced attorney will help to ensure that you are compensated to the maximum extent and that all of the liable parties are held accountable!