What Should I Do If I Get Injured In An Accident With An Uber Driver
Uber and Lyft are rideshare services that many people use for various reasons. You’ve probably used one of these services at least once in your life, but have you ever thought about what you should do if you get injured in an accident with an Uber driver? It may seem like an unlikely event, but the legal process can get confusing if it does happen because you weren’t the one driving! Your legal options also depend on who was at fault for the accident: an Uber driver or the other driver involved. You also have to consider whether or not the Uber driver was your driver or another person’s and if the Uber driver was on the clock. Depending on these answers, your legal path to compensation could be very different from another person involved in an Uber accident.
If you get in an Uber accident, your initial actions should be no different than what you should do in any other accident situation. You should first make sure that everyone is alright, and if you or another person are severely injured, the best thing to do is call an ambulance so anyone who needs emergency medical help can receive it. After you’ve made sure everyone is ok, the next step is to call the police. Once you’ve done that, you need to stay at the scene of the accident so the officer can file an accurate accident report. If you stay, it allows the officer to understand more about how the accident occurred from another viewpoint.
After calling the police, it’s also necessary for you to get the contact information of anyone involved, like your Uber driver, the other driver, and any other passengers that may have been involved in the accident. This is pretty important because, in some cases, it can be difficult to tell who was at fault right away.
In Florida, the first thing to happen when you file a claim over an Uber accident is to seek compensation through your no-fault insurance policy, which is a requirement for all Florida drivers. If your damages exceed the $10,000 PIP coverage, you should then look to the at-fault driver’s insurance company for compensation. If the at-fault driver was an Uber driver carrying you as a passenger, Uber has an insurance policy that covers $1 million in liability coverage and another $1 million in uninsured motorist coverage.
Uber accidents can be dangerous, frightening, and complicated, so if you get into one, it’s important to take the time to get in contact with an experienced accident attorney. An attorney can advise you to take certain steps that greatly increase the chances of you receiving the compensation you deserve, as insurance companies will try to get you to settle quickly so they can cut their losses. A quick settlement isn’t always your best option, especially if you were severely injured.
Hopefully, this blog was able to provide some useful information about Uber accidents and what you should do if you get in one. Remember, if you do, make sure to contact an experienced accident attorney. Meldon Law is here to help, and you can call us at (800) 373-8000 if you have any questions about a potential case.