What Should I Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident?

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What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident: Steps to Secure a Maximized Settlement

What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident: Steps to Secure a Maximized Settlement

Nov 22, 2022

Uber and Lyft have transformed the way many of us get from place to place. Ridesharing can be convenient, affordable, and even save you time in some cases.

What Should I Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident?

But while Uber and Lyft rides may be a preferred means of transportation for many, accidents frequently occur – particularly here in Los Angeles County. In fact, a recent study from the University of Chicago found that rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft actually led to a 3% increase in overall car accident fatalities. Moreover, a recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that the increased use of ridesharing apps is directly correlated to more cars on the road as well as more:

  • Accidents
  • Injuries
  • Fatalities involving drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians

If you’re injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, taking the proper steps afterward can help ensure that you recover the maximum financial compensation you need to make a full recovery.

Let’s take a look at what to do after an Uber or Lyft accident in the sections below. We’ll also review what types of damages may be recoverable in an Uber/Lyft personal injury claim and discuss how to arrange for a free consultation with a Dordulian Law Group Los Angeles car accident lawyer.

What Should I Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident?

Uber’s website notes that after a crash, you should ensure all parties are safe, contact the police and paramedics, and then report the accident to the rideshare company using the appropriate claim forms.

But, depending on the severity of your Uber/Lyft accident injury, there are a number of additional steps that you will want to take so that both your safety and the eventual civil claim you make against the respective rideshare company is preserved.

Top 7 Steps to Take After an Uber or Lyft Accident

  • #1 – Seek medical treatment: For starters, the most important thing you can do after any type of car accident is attend to your health. That means undergoing a thorough physical examination by a licensed physician – even if you just feel a little “banged up.” Common car accident injuries like back pain and abdominal pain can start off mild but then progress quickly in the hours, days, or even weeks after a crash. And mild car accident injuries can be a sign of something much more serious that often requires a full examination and then a proper diagnosis.

Therefore, the most important step you can take after an Uber or Lyft accident is to receive medical treatment immediately. Call the police and paramedics right away and then follow their guidance in terms of whether to go straight to the emergency room or to a walk-in urgent care center for an exam. By undergoing a medical examination after an Uber or Lyft accident, you will have official documentation of your injuries which can be extremely important when you eventually file your claim for financial compensation.

  • #2 – Take photos and videos: Taking photos and videos of both the accident scene (the vehicles, the roadways, etc.) as well as your injuries can be invaluable evidence that is then presented when you bring a civil lawsuit for damages.
  • #3 – File a police report and rideshare company report: It’s always recommended that injured victims file police reports after car accidents. But for Uber and Lyft accidents, you’ll want to also file an official report with the respective company once your health has been addressed. Be sure to simply state the facts when filing such a report – no need to provide commentary or opinion. Let your personal injury attorney eventually handle the argument regarding liability.
  • #4 – Gather any witness statements: This step may not be possible if your injuries were severe. But if you happened to be traveling with a friend and he or she isn’t as seriously injured, it can be a good idea to take witness statements that will help corroborate your version of events.
  • #5 – Gather contact information of all involved parties: Getting the name, company ID, license plate, driver’s license, etc. of the Uber or Lyft employee as well as any other drivers involved in the accident is important. Anyone who played a role in the crash may be in some way liable for your injuries – and by securing each individual’s contact information, your car accident attorney will be able to contact the responsible parties when filing a claim on your behalf.
  • #6 – Do not accept a settlement offer: If the rideshare company attempts to offer you a cash settlement, it’s best to never accept anything (or sign any type of official/legal document) without first consulting with an experienced car accident lawyer. Which leads us to the next step in the process.
  • #7 – Contact an Uber/Lyft rideshare accident attorney: Uber and Lyft are two giant corporations with high-powered legal teams fighting to protect their financial interests. Taking on such a corporation on your own can be a daunting task, and you may be left with a settlement that does not take into consideration damages such as pain and suffering, emotional trauma, or even future medical care costs. Contacting an experienced and proven Uber/Lyft accident lawyer for a free consultation can be the best move you make after a crash. Here at Dordulian Law Group (DLG), we fight tirelessly each and every day on behalf of injured clients. And when you bring your rideshare accident claim to one of our dedicated attorneys, we’ll fight aggressively to secure you the maximum financial compensation you deserve.

What is an Uber or Lyft Rideshare Accident Civil Claim?

After an Uber or Lyft accident, a civil claim can be the best way for the injured victim to recover financial compensation related to expenses as well as the harm endured through the incident. Some of the damages DLG’s Uber and Lyft accident attorneys will fight for on your behalf may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospital or medical care expenses (past and future)
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced future earning capacity
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological distress
  • Punitive damages
  • Diminished quality of life

At DLG, we have decades of experience helping inured victims recover maximum compensation for damages that are both difficult to quantify and hard to prove. We’ll fight hard to secure the largest possible cash settlement for your Uber or Lyft accident claim which includes payments for the pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and psychological distress you’ve endured.

How Can I File My Uber or Lyft Accident Claim and Recover a Cash Settlement?

To begin the process of securing justice and recovering maximum financial compensation for your Uber or Lyft accident claim, contact DLG’s Los Angeles, California, rideshare accident lawyers today online or by phone at 818-322-4056. Your consultation is always free, confidential, and without any obligation. And with our No Win/No Fee Guarantee, there’s never any upfront cost to you for our expert legal representation. You won’t pay a penny until after we’ve successfully secured the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your rideshare accident injury claim.

At DLG, we have over 25 years of experience helping injured victims secure justice. With more than $100,000,000.00 in settlements and verdicts recovered for our clients, you can have peace of mind throughout the entire claims process knowing that your case is in the best hands.

Schedule an appointment online for a free consultation today, or call us directly to speak to our top-rated, expert car accident attorneys.

Ready to take the first step toward securing justice and obtaining the financial compensation you deserve after an Uber or Lyft accident injury? We’re standing by to serve as your dedicated legal advocates. Contact us today to learn more.

For your Los Angeles, California, Uber or Lyft accident injury, the best choice you can make is D-L-G.

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