At Torgenson Law, we always put an emphasis on driver safety in an effort to decrease the chances of personal injury. As an example, we always encourage Arizona citizens to utilize ride share options particularly to avoid drunk or buzzed driving. With that said, Uber and Lyft drivers can and will make mistakes on the roadways. Ride sharing drivers are just as likely to get involved in a car accident as you are. Just like any other car crash or personal injury matter, it is crucial for the victims to follow specific steps to insure that their injury rights are protected.
If you find yourself in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, follow these steps:
Get Everyone’s Information. If you get into an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, write down everyone’s information, including the driver, the passengers, and any other vehicles involved. This applies whether you were a passenger in the ride share vehicle or if one crashed into you. Gathering insurance information is vital to the initiation of any personal injury claim.
Find Witnesses. Like any accident it is important to have the information and statements of any witnesses to the accident. This will only help your case and prove that the Uber or Lyft driver was negligent.
Take Photos. Take as many photos of the damages as possible from all different angles for your own evidence of what happened. These photographs are useful in establishing liability as well as evidencing the overall severity of the crash. This can be helpful in supporting your need for medical treatment.
Call The Authorities. It’s important for the accident to be documented on the police record for evidence that the accident actually occurred. This is a safer way of dealing with any accidents then on your own.
Go To The Doctor. In any motor vehicle crash, you must focus on your health and well-being. It is often difficult to determine the severity of your injuries at the time of the crash. For that reason, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible to determine the extent of your injuries and need for further treatment.
Though it may seem that Uber and Lyft drivers are professionals who are well trained, they too can cause harm to you and your loved ones if they are negligent on the roadways. If you find yourself in a personal injury situation with an Uber or Lyft driver, you will need passionate personal injury lawyers to fight on your behalf. Give us a call today at (602) 759-0012.