Rideshare driving services such as Uber and Lyft have become some of the most popular ways for people to get from one place to another. Despite their wide use and many conveniences, these services are not foolproof. One major problem is getting into an accident while utilizing a rideshare company.
When you are involved in a rideshare accident, a common question becomes, “who is responsible for your damages?” Since Uber and Lyft consider themselves a technological platform and their drivers are independent contractors, it is difficult to hold either company accountable. As such, a determination of who is responsible for your injuries will involve a thorough investigation of insurance policies and contracts as well as an understanding of motor vehicle liability to determine the at fault party. An experienced rideshare attorney can help sort through the paperwork and determine which insurance coverage is applicable to cover your loss and compensate you for any injury caused by the negligence of a third-party.
There are certain steps you can perform after a rideshare accident to help strengthen your case and make a determination as to who is responsible. Here are the most important steps:
- Seek immediate medical care.
The number one priority in the event of an accident is to attend to any resulting injuries. You should seek medical care even if your injuries appear to be minor in nature. You may not realize the severity of your injuries until weeks or even months after the accident. By obtaining medical treatment, you are also documenting that your injuries were caused by the rideshare accident. Well-documented medical evidence is crucial to proving your case.
- Take down details of the incident.
You will want to record as many details concerning the accident as you can. Make note of everything, even if it seems small. Sometimes the smallest detail may have the largest impact on a case. It is important to take photographs of the accident scene and other vehicles involved. Additionally, take photographs of any injuries you may have sustained. Some details you should record are:
- your injuries
- injuries to other individuals involved in the accident
- physical car damage
- the time of day
- the conditions of the road
- the weather
- the lighting
- names and contact information from other witnesses/involved persons
- personal and insurance information of other drivers
- Contact the Police
The police should be contacted as they can create an accident report which can be used as proof in a legal setting if necessary.
- Contact a rideshare accident attorney to discuss details
Mazzaferro Law, LLC has experience working in the New Bedford, Fall River, and Rhode Island areas with rideshare accident victims. We have an intimate understanding of the laws concerning personal injury, and keep up to date with the latest legislation.
In some cases, the driver of the vehicle will be responsible. In other cases, the company’s insurance will apply. Finally, it could be that a third driver was involved, and should also be held liable. At Mazzaferro Law, we can help you understand your coverage rights and determine who is responsible for your injuries in the event of a rideshare accident. We can work towards maximizing your recovery.
If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in New Bedford, Fall River, or Rhode Island, a rideshare lawyer might be able to help. Call Ed at Mazzaferro Law today at (401) 335-0078 or complete our contact form for a free consultation.