Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Report a Rideshare Accident
Uber drivers are contractors, not employees. That means they don’t have the same oversight as other commercial drivers. If a taxi pulls into the depot with a dent, the driver must answer. If an Uber driver gets home with a dent, nothing happens. That’s why if your rideshare driver gets in a crash, you need to report the accident as soon as possible.
File a Report
After you’ve ensured the safety of everyone involved in a rideshare accident, you should pull out your phone. Select the ride and go to options, then click, “I was involved in an accident.” This opens a case within the rideshare company’s system. It ensures the Uber or Lyft driver is easy to reach and can be held responsible if they’re found at-fault.
Make sure the rideshare driver reports the accident on their phone. The rideshare company needs to verify the crash as legitimate. The best way to ensure accuracy is to have reports from both the driver and the passenger within a few minutes of the accident.
If the driver is reluctant to report the crash, you may wish to request help from law enforcement. A police report creates another record proving the crash occurred and who was involved.
If the driver doesn't report the crash, tell the police officer that you were an Uber passenger at the time of the accident will create a solid foundation for your Attorneys to demonstrate the circumstance of the accident.
The more evidence you have demonstrating your status as a rideshare customer, the more likely you are to recover the full compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries in a rideshare accident, we are here for you. If you’d like an experienced Austin personal injury lawyer from Glen Larson Law to evaluate your case, please call (512) 553-4994 or send us an email.