What Steps Should I Take After a Rideshare Accident?

December 6, 2021
rideshare accidents

Rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft have changed the way millions of people get around town. Even though there are a lot of positives to using rideshare companies, there are also dangers. A car accident in a rideshare vehicle can be stressful and complicated. 

There are many steps to take following a rideshare accident. The following outlines what to do if you are involved in a rideshare car accident.

Call the Police

The police should be contacted, even if there are no serious injuries. The police can create a thorough report detailing the events of the accident. The police report will help with any future personal injury claim. 

It is also important to speak to witnesses. Even if the police gather this information, you should still speak to any witnesses and record their accounts.

Take Pictures and Videos

Take plenty of pictures of the damage as well as the accident scene. Also, some surrounding businesses may have outside security cameras, and they may be willing to grant you their videos of the accident.

Get Medical Attention

You must get medical help following an accident, even if you do not feel you are injured. A doctor visit is not only valuable to you and your health, but it is important for insurance companies as well.

Call the Insurance and Rideshare Company

Contacting your own insurance company can help an injury claim, and they may provide coverage under your own policy. The driver of the rideshare company will likely notify their employer, but each driver should contact them. The rideshare company will add your information to the report.

Speak to a Lawyer

After gathering all the information, it is highly recommended to speak to a car accident lawyer immediately, especially when a rideshare company is involved. It is very possible that the other driver or the rideshare company will have their insurance companies contact you, looking to negotiate a deal. It would be unwise, however, to make any deal without fully knowing your rights.

What Causes Rideshare Accidents?

There are many factors at play in a rideshare accident. There are some dangers related to using rideshare services, including:

  • Hiring practices: Many rideshare companies do not have much of a vetting system when it comes to hiring practices, and there is no safety training.
  • Distracted driving: Rideshare drivers are susceptible to distractions. They must utilize their phones for directions and to contact customers. 
  • Drowsy driving: Many rideshare drivers use this job for secondary income, meaning they may work during late night hours.

Who Is Responsible for a Rideshare Accident?

Many rideshare companies require their drivers to carry their own auto insurance should an accident occur, and normally this requirement only includes minimal coverage. Rideshare companies have insurance policies as well, and they may provide coverage for the driver’s damages as well as your own. A lawyer can determine the best course of action after a rideshare accident. 

West Chester Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Provide Legal Assistance to Those Injured in Rideshare Accidents

Rideshare accidents are complicated, but we can help. If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, contact our West Chester car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. as soon as possible. Call us today at 610-565-3701 or fill out our online form for an initial consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.