The creation of ride-sharing services such as Uber has provided people with alternatives to using taxis and shuttles to get to and from places they need to be at all times of the day. Uber drivers are private citizens who use their own vehicles to transport customers to their desired destinations. It’s not uncommon for an Uber vehicle to be involved in an accident, especially on the congested streets of California. Our Los Angeles Uber crash lawyer provides this important information regarding being injured as a passenger in an Uber.
The first thing you should do if involved in an accident involving an Uber is to call 911. It’s just as if you were in an accident in your own car. The authorities should always be notified, even if you don’t think you were injured or weren’t injured too badly. You should still have fire and EMS come to the scene to evaluate you following an Uber accident in Los Angeles.
Just like you would following an accident in your own car you should use your smartphone to snap some photos following the crash if you can do so safely and aren’t injured too severely. These photos might be able to aid your case should need to file a claim or a lawsuit down the road. The photos can also be submitted to the police for their investigation. Take pictures of the damage to the cars involved, your injuries, debris on the road, and anything else pertinent.
Record information about the drivers involved in the crash, including your Uber driver. You will want to get their name, contact information, and the name and contact information for their auto insurance company. If you are injured enough to warrant treatment you will want to file a claim against their insurance company and not your own.
There’s likely one or two people who witnessed the crash, either while walking down the sidewalk or in other cars on the road. Ask them for their contact information and request that they can remain at the scene to give a statement to the responding police officers. Having witnesses present will help the investigation move along successfully.
If you were in an Uber car when an accident occurred and the driver failed to have their Uber app activated, he or she will be on the hook for the insurance claim you make. That means you can file a claim against the driver’s personal insurance company.
If the Uber driver had the app active while you were in the car then the liability insurance for the accident up to $1 million per accident for any injuries that occur. You could be eligible for compensation for the injuries suffered in a car accident.
If you were involved in an Uber accident as a passenger and were injured, contact our Los Angeles Uber accident attorney to discuss your injuries and the circumstances around the crash. The office can be reached at 310-997-0904 to schedule a consultation.