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Rideshares are convenient, eco-friendly ways to get around town, and they’re only growing in popularity. As with any mode of transportation, however, they are subject to accidents and even fatal injuries.
Perhaps you were a passenger in a rideshare like Uber or Lyft when it was involved in a crash, or maybe a rideshare vehicle collided with you. Whatever the circumstances, it’s hard to know what to do after a rideshare accident. Questions of liability are more complex in Lyft and Uber accidents, and that may be the first direction your thoughts head.
First, though, it’s usually smart to take a step back and do the following after an accident involving a rideshare vehicle.
The first thing you should always do after any accident is seek medical treatment.
Even if you feel fine now, it’s in your best interests to be checked out by a doctor in case there are health concerns you’re just not aware of. Some injuries, like internal bleeding or whiplash, are not immediately obvious and may worsen over time. A medical professional can make sure you’re examined for these injuries and others and may keep a bad situation from getting worse.
Your next step is to speak with your insurance. As mentioned, rideshare accidents get tricky quickly. Who’s responsible for your accident in these cases? Would it be the Uber or Lyft driver, or does Uber or Lyft step in and accept liability as a company? Does it fall on you to pick up the pieces?
A lot depends on whether the rideshare driver was on the clock at the time of the accident. Other factors include what kind of insurance coverage the rideshare driver is carrying and what coverage you have yourself.
If you weren’t responsible for the rideshare accident (or you aren’t sure), then there’s more riding on this conversation with the insurer than you might think. Sometimes it’s better to have someone else communicate with the insurance company on your behalf—someone who knows the liability laws involved in your case and has experience handling negotiations with insurers.
This brings us to your next step after a rideshare accident.
You may or may not need a lawyer after a vehicle accident; the choice is always yours. However, it never hurts to get as much information as you can when you’re facing a life-changing incident like a rideshare accident. At David Christensen Law, we offer free consultations to accident victims throughout the state of Michigan. We want you to have all the info you need right now.
Let us answer your personal injury questions, break down the accident claim process, and fill you in on the issues surrounding rideshare crashes. When you don’t know what to do after a rideshare accident, we may be able to point you in the right direction. Give us a call at 248-213-4900 or fill out the form below to schedule your free consultation now.