Rideshare services have revolutionized commercial transportation. As Forbes explains, rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, are often cheaper and more convenient than traditional taxis, which has led to their rapid international success.
But what should you do if you are in a crash with a rideshare vehicle? The steps you take in the immediate aftermath of the wreck can directly affect your ability to make a successful injury claim. If you are in a wreck with a rideshare car, keep these five tips in mind:
- Call the police;
- Swap contact information;
- Gather insurance data;
- Take photographs;
- And call an injury lawyer.
If the crash happened in Nebraska, contact Rensch & Rensch Law. An accident attorney in Omaha will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, health-care bills and other damages.
Our attorneys have more than 45 years of combined legal experience. Call 1-800-471-4100 to schedule a consultation. Until then, read on to learn five steps to take after a crash with a rideshare vehicle:
- Call the Police
Your top priority after any accident is to seek medical attention, so contact the police immediately. Law enforcement will contact the necessary emergency services.
Also, the police will create a report that will contain important information about the wreck, such as the time, date, people involved, injuries, property damage, vehicles involved, cause and other data. Your injury lawyer may be able to use this report to prove liability and negligence.
- Swap Contact Information
You need to gather contact details from every person at the scene. This includes eyewitnesses and drivers. Be sure to record their names, phone numbers, addresses and license plate numbers.
- Gather Insurance Data
Uber drivers must have comprehensive auto insurance coverage. The driver should give his or her policy information to you immediately, or send it to you via the Uber app.
- Take Photographs
Photographs can tell the story of how the accident happened. Be sure to take pictures that show:
- The positions of vehicles;
- Skid marks;
- Property damage;
- Traffic signals, signs and markers;
- And the weather conditions.
Use your camera’s timestamp function to record when you took the photos. Your accident attorney may be able to use these pictures to prove negligence and liability.
- Call an Accident Attorney
An injury lawyer can gather evidence, interview witnesses, structure your claim and help you pursue the maximum settlement. If your case goes to trial, your accident attorney can litigate your case. Also, your lawyer can help you avoid mistakes such as signing a general release, accepting a low settlement or unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters.
If you were injured in a crash with a rideshare vehicle, contact Rensch & Rensch Law. A car accident attorney in Nebraska will assess your wreck to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 1-800-471-4100 to schedule a consultation.