Uber car accidents in Los Angeles continue to make the news. If, like many Los Angelenos, you depend on Uber for transportation (especially during holiday weekends, like Labor Day!), it’s important that you know what how to protect your legal rights if you are in a car accident involving an Uber driver. Keep reading to learn more.
Assess Your Injuries
Immediately after any typw of auto accident, you need to access your injuries. If you believe you have a medical emergency, call 911. If you believe your injuries are minor, you should still seek medical treatment the same day or within a day or two of the accident. Minor injuries, such as whiplash, can worsen without proper treatment.
Report the Uber Accident to the Company
Regardless of whether the Uber accident is with another vehicle or the result of hitting a pole, center divider, etc.., it should be reported to Uber. When accidents are reported, the company often suspends drivers until they’ve investigated the accident and determined liability so the driver may or may not try to talk you out of reporting the accident. Do not listen to the driver, as you want to protect your own interests.
Uber should refund you for your ride and will inform their insurance company of the accident. Within a few days, the insurance company will contact you via phone to discuss any injuries or property damage you have. They’ll also ask you to tell them what happened so that they can decide if the Uber driver was at fault for the accident. You may want to speak with an accident attorney before you answer any questions from the insurance company.
Report the Accident to the Driver’s Personal or Commercial Auto Policy
Occasionally, Uber will deny the insurance claim. This is one area where the assistance of an experienced car accident lawyer will be very useful. Make sure that you get the driver’s personal or commercial car insurance policy information so that you can file a claim for your injuries or property damage. You can provide this information to your attorney.
Talk to a Lawyer
A personal injury lawyer with experience in Los Angeles Uber accidents can help you by explaining your potential rights to you. They can also negotiate the insurance claims on your behalf. For a no obligation consultation about your potential claim, contact the accident attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm today.