What to Do If You Are Hit By a Rideshare Driver

March 28, 2024
Auto Accidents

Car accidents can be a scary and overwhelming experience, especially when you’re a passenger in an Uber or Lyft. Care accidents are the most common reason for bodily injury claims. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 6 million automobile collisions in the United States each year.

Unfortunately, Uber and Lyft drivers are not immune to this risk and you may find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being involved in a car accident while riding with one of these rideshare services. Knowing what your rights and responsibilities are in such a situation and working with an Uber accident lawyer can help make the process easier. Call us today at 678-251-9309 to learn more.

What to Do at the Scene of an Uber or Lyft Accident

Understandably, you may be feeling confused and overwhelmed after an Uber or Lyft accident. It’s important that you stay calm and take the necessary steps to protect yourself:

Call the Police

First, call the police to report the accident. Even if they only take a brief statement from you, it is important that you at least file a report. Having the police come to the scene also helps protect your rights as a rideshare passenger. You can, later on, decide to file a police report to document the incident.

Take Photos and Document the Event

Next, if you are physically able, take photos of the scene. This is key in helping to prove who was at fault and will help with any legal action you may need to take later on. As documentary evidence, photos can also be used to back up the accounts of any witnesses in an auto accident claim.


Collect Driver's Information

Collect as much information about the Uber or Lyft driver, other drivers, and the accident as possible. This includes names, contact information, insurance policies, license plate numbers, and any other available information that could be useful.

Medical Care and Documentation

Make sure you get medical attention immediately if you are injured. Even if your injuries seem minor, it’s important to get checked out and treat them right away. This also helps protect you in case your injuries become more serious later on. Further to this, document any injuries you may have suffered and seek medical attention, if necessary. This compelling evidence is essential if you decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

Filing a Claim Against a Rideshare Driver

If you believe the Uber or Lyft driver was at fault ('Negligent Driver'), you may be eligible to file a claim against them. Uber and Lyft both have commercial insurance policies that cover passengers in the event of an accident. The coverage policies differ from state to state, so it’s important to consult your state’s regulations and Uber or Lyft’s policy. In most cases, the insurance carrier will cover medical expenses, care costs as well as any property damage caused by the accident.

When filing a claim, you should contact the rideshare company as soon as possible after the accident. They will then review the incident and investigate your claim. You will likely be asked to provide documentation such as photos of the accident, a copy of the police report, and medical records if you are injured.

Learn More: How Much Uber Pays For Accident Claims

If your claim is approved, as an accident victim, the insurance carrier will likely contact you with an offer for financial compensation. This offer may not cover all your costs, so it’s essential to understand what is included and be sure you are getting the compensation you deserve.

It is important to note that Uber and Lyft both have a commercial policy of non-negotiation, meaning if your claim is denied, you will not be able to negotiate a higher payout. So it is best to contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident to help you understand your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

What Compensation Can You Get After a Rideshare Accident?

The Uber or Lyft driver is the primary party who is covered in an accident. However, passengers and third-party drivers may also be eligible to seek compensation. The reason is that Uber and Lyft both carry commercial insurance policies which provide coverage for not only the driver but also any passengers or third-party drivers involved in the accident. If there is any ambiguity as to who was at fault in the accident, all involved parties may wish to file a claim for coverage.


Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Passenger in an Uber or Lyft Car Accident

  1. You have the right to seek fair compensation for any injuries or damages you may have suffered in the accident.
  2. You are responsible for providing accurate information to the police, Uber or Lyft, and your insurance company.
  3. You have the right to file a claim with Uber or Lyft as well as with your own personal insurance company.
  4. You are responsible for gathering any crucial evidence that may be needed to support your claim, such as photos of the accident scene, witness statements, etc.
  5. You have the right to seek legal assistance or counsel (a "personal injury attorney") to ensure the best outcome.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer for an Uber or Lyft Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your rights and ensure that you are getting the maximum compensation you deserve. An attorney can review your situation, determine who is liable for the accident, and provide advice or legal options on how to proceed. They can also help you negotiate with insurance companies and make sure that all your legal rights are protected.

Contact Marks Law Group Today!

If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, the experienced attorneys at Marks Law Group can help. We understand how stressful and overwhelming this experience can be, and our legal team is here to help you every step of the way to navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. Get in touch today for a free legal consultation and let us help you get the justice you deserve.