Ridesharing is a convenient service that has gained popularity in the past several years. Two of the most well-known rideshare services are Uber and Lyft, which customers can contact through a mobile app to arrange a one-time ride. Both companies claim to vet their drivers, but accidents can still happen, no matter how good the driving. The at-fault party for a rideshare accident can be one of many people: the rideshare driver, the driver of another vehicle, a motorcyclist, a truck driver, or any other person sharing the road. Thus, it’s important that if you are involved in a rideshare accident and suffer injuries, you take the correct steps to protect any potential recovery.
Steps to Take After a Rideshare Crash
You should approach a rideshare accident as if it occurred in your car, and you were the injured driver:
- Call the authorities. Get medical treatment for anyone who is injured, including yourself. If you call 911, request that they send the police as well. You want an officer on the scene because you’ll need a police report if you file a claim.
- Take a screenshot of the rideshare app on your phone. This will be useful later to prove that you were in the car because of ridesharing.
- Get the rideshare operator’s driver’s license and insurance information. Don’t assume that the ridesharing company will handle these types of details.
- Get contact information. Get this information from anyone who might have witnessed the crash.
- Take pictures of the scene. Photos of the accident scene and the vehicles involved can provide valuable evidence about the crash.
Drivers for most ridesharing companies, including Uber and Lyft, are independent contractors of those companies rather than employees. This means, although you can get compensation for your injuries, you may not get it from Uber or Lyft directly.
Because Florida is a no-fault insurance state, each driver’s own insurance pays for injuries and damages. If the injured party has expenses for medical treatment, lost wages, and property damage that exceed no-fault insurance policy limits, they may be able to go after the at-fault party’s insurance. Uber and Lyft also have insurance policies that can provide additional compensation.
An experienced Florida rideshare accidents attorney will help you navigate the claims process to help ensure you recover maximum damages. Call Browning Law Firm when you need a car accident lawyer.