If you live anywhere in the Atlanta area, you know how popular ridesharing is as a way of getting around town. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have quickly taken over as a common mode of transportation. There are an estimated 3.9 million Uber drivers worldwide with an average of about 17 million trips per day. With so many rideshare drivers on the road, it is no wonder that an accident could occur when you are a passenger. There are several things to do if you were hurt in an Uber accident.
Report the Accident
If you are a passenger in an Uber accident, you should report the incident. The driver is required to make a report; however, you should also file a report. The Uber app uses RideCheck technology that provides you with an immediate option to make a report. You can automatically call Uber Safety Line or Report a Crash simply by pressing a button within the application on your phone. Alternatively, you can call Uber directly to make a report.
Call the Police
Uber drivers may be reluctant to report the incident to the police, especially if the accident was their fault. Make sure the driver stops at the scene of the crash and calls police. You can call the police to report the accident. Note the date, time, and location of the crash, along with any other details. The police may interview you as a witness and will include your information in the report.
Make sure that you take note of the make, model, and license plate number of the Uber vehicle. You can take a photo of the license plate for future reference. Write down the name and driver’s license number of the Uber driver. If the driver is reluctant to provide it, you can make sure that the police obtain this information and include it in their report.
Seek Medical Treatment
Visit the emergency room or your personal physician as soon as possible following the accident. Some injuries may not show up immediately. Inform the doctor that you were in a traffic accident. Keep records of medical reports and bills that will prove your injuries. Don’t delay in getting medical care because the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to prove your injuries occurred as a result of the crash.
Talk to the Insurance Company
Uber carries insurance that is specifically designed to protect passengers in their vehicles for hire. The driver is also required to have insurance for times when passengers are not present in the car. Uber accidents can be complicated and the insurance company may contact you for a statement. It is usually best to speak with a qualified Atlanta personal injury attorney before you talk to the insurance representative. The insurance company will record your conversation, and you want to make sure that you provide accurate information that will not prevent you from getting compensation for your injury.
Uber accidents can be complex and require negotiation skills. Get the legal help you need from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. Contact our injury lawyers today to discuss the details of your injury and learn your options.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.