Uber doesn’t actually report their complete accident statistics. Instead, they report only accidents that result in fatalities, which is significantly less and does not tell the whole story. However, with 3.1 million or more Uber rides completed a day in the US, the number of ridesharing accidents is certainly relevant.
When Uber crashes do happen, it’s important that passengers and other drivers know what to expect from the physical and legal aftermath. Learn more about compensation for rideshare accidents involving an Uber driver and what your legal options are here.
Reporting the Car Accident
If you’re in an Uber accident as a passenger, you need to report the accident. You should immediately contact the police. Despite any objections from an Uber driver or other drivers involved in the accident, you need to have a police report.
Circumstances of the incident will be documented in the police accident report, which can be important when you contact a car accident lawyer. They will want to use it as evidence when negotiating with insurance companies.
It will also be important following the accident that you report it to Uber. Uber’s website has a help section with an option to report an accident. You’ll be asked to report details of the accident in the report. However, it’s best to talk with your accident attorney before providing information about injuries and accident details. Everything shared will be documented, and some details could be misinterpreted or misconstrued.
You want to be careful not to say you felt okay at the scene or provide any evaluative statements about your injuries. Uber may want to use that against you later if you seek compensation for the accident.
Gather names and contact information for any drivers or passengers in the cars involved in the accident. If there are any witnesses to the accident, ask for their contact information. Sometimes, witnesses will leave as soon as the police arrive. Yet, what they saw can be important to your case later on.
While it’s good to make an effort to get information, refrain from discussing the accident or offering your opinion of who was at fault in the accident. You don’t want to inadvertently say something in a moment of shock that could be used against you later on.
Document the Accident
Once an accident occurs, it’s important to document what happened. Take notes about the accident from your perspective. Even if you’re already away from the accident scene, take notes so you don’t forget any potentially important details later.
If you’re able, take pictures of the accident scene. It can be helpful to even take photos from a variety of angles and both close-up and at a distance. Only do this if you’re able to do it without putting yourself in more danger and if you’re not too badly injured. Otherwise, call a family member or friend for help.
Seek Medical Treatment
One important thing you must do is seek medical treatment. Many people will experience shock following an accident. Between adrenaline and shock, it can be hard to recognize the depth of an injury. You also should avoid making statements that you are fine or don’t feel hurt. Sometimes car accident injuries do not appear right away. This is why it’s critical to be checked over by medics at the accident scene.
After leaving the Uber crash shite, be sure to see a doctor. Only medical professionals can determine injuries. Also, they will document their finding in an official medical report. Keep the medical bills and statements for all of the medical treatment that was administered. This will help confirm how much your treatment was so that you can be reimbursed after a personal injury case is filed.
Don’t Discuss the Accident or Post on Social Media
It’s important to resist discussing or releasing information about your accident. Often, when people have a big life event, good or bad, they report it on social media. These are situations where your words could be used against you if you’re not careful.
You also want to not talk to Uber or any insurance company without an accident attorney. It’s not uncommon for insurance companies to try to offer a low settlement, hoping an accident victim will take it before they know the cost of the accident.
Get the Help of an Uber Accident Attorney
Uber accidents are more complicated than traditional car accidents. Uber drivers are required to have their own insurance, but Uber also offers significant coverage for their drivers. If multiple parties are involved, including insurance companies and Uber, it can get complicated quickly. You want an experienced attorney working on your behalf to negotiate so you get the compensation you deserve.
Uber Liability Coverage
Your attorney will know about Uber’s liability coverage for their drivers. It is significant and varies depending on what stage of your ride you’re in. If an Uber driver is available for a ride or is waiting for a ride request, then they have the following coverage:
- $50,000 in bodily injury per person
- $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
- $25,000 in property damage per accident
Once a driver accepts a ride and is en route to pick up the rider or during the ride, they have the following coverage:
- $1,000,000 third-party liability
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury
- Contingent comprehensive and collision
Consult with an Attorney at No Cost
By the sheer number of rides provided, Uber accidents are bound to happen. If your Uber driver is at fault and you suffer an injury, you deserve compensation for the accident. If you need legal help following an Uber accident, Mesa Accident Lawyers can help. Schedule your free consultation today so we can get started working on your behalf.