What to do After an Uber or Lyft Accident
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident owing to the recklessness, negligence, or inattention of the driver, you do have legal options.
Your first priority after such an accident is to get yourself to the hospital. You will need to undergo a thorough examination by a medical professional and get treatment for the injuries you sustained. You should ensure that the results of your examination and the course of treatment you have undergone are properly documented.
While you are recovering you will need to contact a lawyer who specializes in Uber and Lyft accident cases. Representatives of the company will try to contact you. They may even offer you money to settle any future claims you may make. You should speak to no one. In fact, you should refer all such communication and correspondence to your attorney. The rideshare companies will prioritize their interests; your attorney will be the only one looking out for yours.
One of the key things to understand in such situations is that Uber and Lyft have gone through extraordinary lengths to distance themselves from their drivers. Technically, the people who use the apps of the rideshare companies to connect to passengers are not employees of these companies. The position of Uber and Lyft is that they are merely intermediaries between drivers and passengers and are not liable for any harmed caused to the latter because of the actions of the former.
The law has not completely settled this matter. But individual cases against Uber and Lyft indicate that the judiciary does not believe the rideshare position to be tenable. In any case, both companies provide up to $1 million for injuries and property damage resulting from an accident. This insurance takes effect only after you have exhausted the driver’s individual insurance. In order to make a claim against Uber and Lyft’s liability insurance, you will need to show that the at-fault driver insurance is not enough to compensate you for your injuries and other expenses.
A Tulsa lawyer who specializes in Uber and Lyft cases will know how to gather the evidence to demonstrate this.