Being in an accident can be nerve-wracking, especially when the other vehicle involved is a “hired” ride through Uber or another similar service. Whether you are a driver or a passenger in an accident with an Uber-driven vehicle, knowing what steps to take right away can help protect your rights.
What to Do at the Scene of the Accident
Documenting the crash to the best of your ability can be helpful when pursuing the compensation you are owed after an Uber accident. After calling 911 to report the accident, you may want to take photographs or record video of the crash site. If it is safe to do so (and if you are able), that information can help establish and protect your rights.
You should also document information about the driver’s name, phone number and insurance information. If there were any witnesses to the crash, be sure to also document their names and contact information.
Documenting the Uber driver’s statement (if you can do it) can be especially helpful if he or she was at fault. Because Uber and other hired-ride services have strict policies about drivers’ safety records, a driver who was in an accident may have an incentive to later change his or her tune about what happened.
How an Uber Accident Attorney Can Help
After any type of auto accident where the other driver was at fault, his or her insurance company will likely try to settle the matter by offering you an insurance payment. This is true for Uber accidents, as well. Although, you may be dealing with both the driver’s personal auto insurance company and Uber’s insurance company.
Before you sign anything accepting a settlement, talk to an Uber car accident attorney. The insurance company’s goal is to settle the claim fast, for as little money as possible. Your lawyer can help evaluate any proposed settlement amount, and can work to help you obtain an amount of compensation that is appropriate given the circumstances.
Protect Your Rights — Start With The Olive Law Firm
Dealing with the aftermath of an Uber accident can be stressful, whether you were a driver or a passenger. When you contact the experienced, compassionate Uber car accident attorneys at The Olive Law Firm in Charlotte, you can be confident knowing that you have a skilled advocate looking out for your rights and best interests.
To learn more about how our firm and our attorneys fight for injured victims’ rights, call 704-377-9222 today, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.