Companies like Lyft and Uber allow travelers to make a request on a ride-sharing app and get an affordable ride to go just about anywhere. This quick convenience makes it easy for anyone to get a ride with friends, rush to an appointment, make it to work on time, get home safely after drinking or, simply, go anywhere when you don’t feel like driving.
However, you’re still riding in a vehicle and putting your trust in someone else to get you to your destination safely. For various reasons, many rideshare drivers may take risks that endanger their riders. In other words, you could still end up in a car accident and it might be your driver’s fault. In fact, fatal injuries from car accidents have increased by 2-3% since rideshare services started getting popular.
What should you do after an accident?
Rideshare drivers aren’t above the law. In other words, they must respond to an accident the same way anyone else would. As such, you should help yourself and your driver by doing the following:
- Call 911 and report the accident
- If the car is functional, pull it over someplace safe
- Collect any insurance information from any driver involved in the accident
- Collect witness information
- Take photos of the accident
- Get a report of any injuries
Since rideshare apps like Lyft and Uber record information on the ride, you may be able to snap pictures of when and where the accident happened from your phone. If you do have grounds to make an insurance claim or file a lawsuit, you’ll want to have this evidence on hand.
Should you make a report to Lyft and Uber?
The next step you may need to take is to contact Lyft or Uber and make an accident report. Lyft and Uber may be liable for your injuries. But, to better understand who’s responsible for your injuries, you should seek legal guidance as soon as you can.