Let’s face it – it is easier to get around many parts of Los Angeles using Uber or Lyft than it is deriving your own car, dealing with traffic, parking, etc… In fact, many Los Angelenos rely on these ride-sharing services to get around. According to a recent study, around 15% of the number of miles driven in California is done by Uber and Lyft drivers.
Various exposes have shown that Uber accidents in California, and the rest of the nation, are on the rise. There is a lot of confusion — and conflicting information on the internet — about liability in an Uber accident. If you ride with Lyft or Uber, it’s important that you understand the basics about what you should do if you’re a passenger involved in an accident.
Call the Police
Calling the police is after an Uber accident is essential. The responding officer can help you collect the necessary information of the drivers involved in the accident. Second, the officer creates an informational report about the accident. You’ll be give the report number so that you can get a copy of the report and share it with your accident lawyer.
While your driver may not want you to report the accident to Uber or call the police, as it could affect his or her record or employment, the decision is yours to make. If Uber is the driver’s only income, they may not want the accident reported. However, reporting the accident is part of the process and helps when you file a claim for damages.
Understand That You Aren’t at Fault in Uber Accidents
As the passenger of the Uber vehicle, you are not at fault for the auto accident. Regardless of what you feel or what you’re told, the accident i the fault of the driver, the fault of another driver, or another issue that your experienced injury lawyer can discuss with you in great detail.
The Uber Driver Should Not Leave the Scene
Leaving the scene of an auto accident in California is a crime and is called a hit and run. If the Uber driver wants to flee the scene, make sure that you hold onto their information from the app so that you can provide it to the police when they arrive.
Considering a Lawsuit?
If you’re considering a personal injury lawsuit because of the Uber accident, look for a lawyer who has experience in handling Uber accidents. For a free, no obligation consultation about your case, contact the experienced attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm today.