According to some, Uber and other ridesharing programs have helped cut down on car accidents related to drunk driving. However, no ride in any vehicle is entirely without risk. If you have been injured in an Uber accident then we suggest following these five steps. Remember to contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.
Understand Uber accident laws
Talk to an experienced attorney
Do not work directly with the insurance company
The first step is to ensure you know who was at fault. You can do this by considering what you saw and what you experienced. If you were severely injured in the accident and are not sure of exactly what happened, then you may have to rely on the eyewitness recollections of people on the scene and the facts that come out in the police report. Your personal injury attorney can gather evidence and determine who was at fault.
You cannot simply tell an insurance adjuster who was at fault and expect them to offer a settlement. You must be able to prove it. This can be hard in some instances but you can count on your attorney to use their experience and resources to gather evidence. For your part, you can take notes as soon as possible after the accident so you do not forget the details, take pictures at the scene if it is safe to do so, and talk to witnesses and get contact information.
At Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre, we can look at police reports and other evidence. We may be able to order an inspection of the Uber vehicle in which you were injured, or talk to expert witnesses who can recreate the accident.
If you work with the right attorney, you can skip this step. Otherwise, know how the law applies. Know that every Uber driver is required by Uber to have enough insurance to cover their passengers. What can get complicated is when you are in an Uber car that is hit by another vehicle. You may need to file a claim against the Uber driver and the other involved driver.
You do not have time to waste when it comes to contacting an attorney. The statute of limitations allows two years for you to file a lawsuit, in most cases, but filing sooner is often to you benefit. First, you get the funds you need more quickly. Second, if you wait too long you can lose evidence and the recollections of witnesses can come into question.
Once you have retained an attorney, there is no reason to talk to the insurance company. Anything you say to them could potentially be used against you to deny your claim. Even if it seems innocent to give them certain facts, it could cause complications. Contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 and let us handle the case for you.