Rideshare apps are incredibly popular. They help drivers make additional income and give riders more affordable and convenient options than taxis. However, these services are still new and can be confusing when a trip doesn’t go as planned.
O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble has represented many New Jersey individuals in rideshare accident cases. We’ve created this guide of steps to take following an Uber or Lyft accident based on our experience as rideshare accident attorneys. Keep reading so you are ready when the unexpected happens.
Five Steps to Take Following an Uber or Lyft Accident
1. Ensure Everyone Is Safe
You need to focus on your safety and the well-being of others involved after your Uber or Lyft accident. If it is safe, exit the vehicle and make your way to the side of the road as quickly as possible. Next, check yourself and all passengers for any injuries or medical needs. If anyone requires immediate medical attention, call an ambulance by dialing 911.
2. Report the Accident
If you are the driver, you must report the accident to the police in your area of New Jersey. You should also file a police report if you are a rideshare passenger, as this will protect your interests. The police will collect all necessary accident details, including date, time, location, vehicle models, license plate numbers, and other pertinent information. Additionally, you should report the accident via the Uber or Lyft app or by contacting their customer support.
3. Collect All Relevant Information
Although the police will collect the required information, you will want to gather anything else to support you in case legal problems arise.
Helpful information to collect includes:
- Witness information. Speak with anyone who saw the accident and ask them to share their contact information in case you need someone to support you.
- Photos/videos. Evidence of the accident will be very useful in the event of a lawsuit. Take photos of road hazards, vehicle damage, and injuries you’ve sustained.
- Insurance information. The police report should include both drivers’ contact information. However, it is also a good idea to exchange this information directly to be sure you have it.
Your lawyer can use this information to help support your legal claim.
4. Get a Medical Evaluation
You should see a doctor the same day as your accident, even if you feel fine and have no visible injuries. Visiting the doctor has two purposes.
First, some injuries take time to show up. This means you might get hurt, but you won't feel it until a day or two later. And serious injuries like concussions must be treated promptly, so any delay in seeing the doctor could have negative consequences.
Second, your rideshare accident lawyer will need proof that you sustained injuries after the accident. The doctor will provide medical records based on your visit that will be crucial for proving that you've been injured.
5. Contact a Rideshare Accident Attorney
People are often injured, stressed, and exhausted following Uber and Lyft accidents. Unfortunately, this is when insurance companies and lawyers representing other parties will contact you. It’s important not to provide any statements or accept any offers without talking to an attorney.
It’s best to work with a lawyer who understands the unique challenges created by rideshare accidents. Their guidance can bring some peace to your life, but most importantly, it will help put you in the best possible position in case of legal complications.
How Our Firm Can Help You After a Rideshare Accident
Once you’ve reviewed our steps to take following an Uber or Lyft accident, reach out to our firm with any questions you may have about pursuing compensation for your claim. O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble has extensive experience representing drivers and passengers who were in rideshare accidents. Our team of skilled attorneys understands the complexities of these types of personal injury cases and is dedicated to helping our clients navigate the legal process with ease.
Hiring our law firm offers several advantages. First, our attorneys have a deep understanding of New Jersey personal injury laws, enabling them to negotiate with insurance and healthcare companies effectively. Additionally, we have a track record of success in car accident cases, and our extensive experience allows us to anticipate challenges and build a strong case for you.
When you choose our firm, you can expect personalized attention and guidance throughout your case. We strive to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients by seeking fair compensation for their losses.
Our attorneys can help you recover damages such as:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages,
- Car repairs, and
- Pain and suffering.
Don't navigate the aftermath of a car accident alone. O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble will fight to get the compensation you deserve. Our personal injury litigation team was ranked Tier 1 in New Jersey by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms.” Call 908-928-9200- today to schedule your consultation.