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What Happens If You Get in an Accident with Uber?

Published on Mar 10, 2022 at 6:24 pm in Uber Accidents.

First things first, you should do all the same things you would do for any other car accident, including making sure everyone is safe. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the nuances of an accident with Uber, though.

Call 9-1-1 or the Local Police

If the accident was just a fender bender, call the non-emergency line for your local police department. If the accident is more serious (even just blocking traffic), call 9-1-1. If you were injured or the accident was serious, make sure the police on the scene take a report because that documentation will be very important as the case progresses. 

If you aren’t sure you are injured, stay on the scene and have a paramedic check you out. A lot of serious injuries (whiplash, internal bleeding) won’t seem like anything immediately after an Uber crash.

Gather Contact Information for All Involved Parties

You should get contact information for:

  • The Uber driver
  • If you were doing a ride pool (sharing the Uber with strangers), get the other passenger’s information
  • The other driver(s) involved in the crash
  • The police officer who took the report
  • Bystanders or eyewitnesses (maybe a school crossing guard was standing there or the person driving behind you)
  • Any other relevant parties (if the Uber crashed into a homeowner’s fence or something like that, get that homeowner’s information too)

Write Down Everything You Can Remember

As soon as you get home or feel well enough, write down all the details you can remember about the accident. Include times, weather, road conditions, things the Uber driver said or did (were they distracted?), specific streets or landmarks, and exactly how the crash played out from what you observed. Write this full-detail account in your diary with the date, if you have one, or send it in an email to a friend or yourself.

Emails and diary entries are admissible evidence in court, should that become necessary. Your written accounts can also be useful tools for your lawyer to help negotiate a fast out-of-court settlement.

Contact an Uber Accident Lawyer 

Don’t expect that Uber is going to reach out to help you just because the driver reported the accident or the app detected it while she or he was driving. Be prepared to face some challenges.

At this point, you can go straight to an attorney who is well-versed in rideshare law. If you’ve been injured, the sooner you speak to an attorney, the better. What happens next is likely negotiating a cash settlement amount with Uber’s insurance carrier (or additional insurers). These guys are notorious for low-balling injured Uber riders. If you have an experienced attorney on your side, the team from Uber will know they can’t push you around, they will take your case more seriously, and your lawyer will negotiate back and forth with them to get you the highest cash settlement possible. 

Ride App Law Group is Your Los Angeles Uber Accident Attorney

Ride App Law Group knows how to deal with Uber–that’s what we do day in and day out. Don’t leave your case in the hands of less experienced lawyers. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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