In some ways, the steps to take after a car accident are the same whether you are dealing with a rideshare accident or an accident with another driver. However, there are some differences. Keep reading to learn what to do if you are injured in a rideshare accident. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.
Gather Information if it is Safe to Do So
If you are injured during the car accident, your first step should be to get emergency medical care. If you are not injured or have only suffered minor injuries, then you should gather as much information as possible. This should include the names and contact information of everyone involved and any witnesses, insurance information, and any other information you can gather.
You should also take photos or videos of the accident scene and the involved vehicles. You should take photos from numerous angles and be sure to take photos of any relevant factors. For example, if there are skid marks, take pictures of them. They can become very important in the event that an accident reconstruction expert is required to prove your case.
Call the Police
If you have suffered an injury, or if anyone involved in the accident has suffered an injury, then you are required by California law to contact the police and file a police report. Likewise, if there is any property damage, then you are bound by California law to call the police. Depending on the seriousness of the accident, the police might decide to come to the scene or they might not. Either way, it is up to you to call them.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
These cases can be complicated because there can be a question of whose insurance policy is in play – the rideshare company or the driver’s individual policy. The answer to that question will depend largely on whether or not the driver was logged into the Uber or Lyft app at the time of the accident. If they were, then they are likely covered by Uber or Lyft. However, the amount of coverage then depends on whether they had picked up a passenger or were on their way to pick up a passenger.
The best way to deal with this potentially confusing situation is to work with a personal injury attorney who can handle it for you. When you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000, we can determine whose insurance company should be contacted. Call now and let us get started with a free legal consultation.