Ridesharing services have become increasingly popular over the last decade, as more people turn to Uber or Lyft instead of relying on a cab or a designated driver. Rideshare services are cheap and convenient, two qualities that people value in today’s post-recession, technology-forward society.
However, the relatively new nature of ridesharing means that there may be some confusion over what your rights are as a passenger. If your Uber driver is involved in a car accident while driving you to your destination, can you recover compensation if you’re injured?
Luckily, the answer is usually yes. If you were injured while riding as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, call the Frickey Law Firm at 303-237-7373 for your free consultation. We can help you get the compensation you need.
Compensation in a Ridesharing Accident
If you are involved in a car accident while using a ridesharing service, you should be entitled to compensation regardless of who caused the accident. This compensation could come from your Uber driver’s insurance, the other driver’s insurance, or Uber’s insurance. Uber and Lyft both have insurance policies that pay out up to 1 million in the case of an accident caused by your driver.
If you are injured in a car accident as a passenger, you may receive offers for a settlement from various involved insurance companies. Do not accept any settlement offers before talking to a lawyer. Insurance companies often undervalue your claim, but once you accept it you can no longer bring a lawsuit or ask for any more money from the insurance company.
A lawyer can help you:
- Properly value your claim, including not only medical bills but also lost wages, pain and suffering, lost future income, and any other relevant expenses
- Negotiate with insurance companies to get you the maximum value of your claim
- Help investigate the accident to determine fault
- Help you with any paperwork or deadlines to make sure you don’t lose out on money because of clerical mistakes or missed deadlines
What to Do Following an Uber Accident
If you’ve been in an accident while riding with Uber or Lyft, you should do the following:
- Call 911 if there were any serious injuries
- Get the contact and insurance information of your driver and any other people involved in the accident
- Take pictures of the scene if you are able
- Visit a doctor if you did not go to the hospital
- Call the Frickey Law Firm
If you did not go to the hospital immediately after your accident, you should visit your doctor as soon as you can, especially if you notice any unusual pain or discomfort. Car accident injuries can have delayed symptoms, so it’s important to visit a doctor who can perform a thorough examination and diagnose any injuries you may have.
Schedule Your Uber Accident Consultation
If you were injured as the passenger in a ridesharing accident, don’t hesitate to contact the Frickey Law Firm at 303-237-7373 for your complimentary, no-obligation consultation. We serve clients in Lakewood, Denver, Boulder, and surrounding areas of Colorado.