We’ve all either used a rideshare company or we know people who use them often. This convenient and affordable method of transportation has become an extremely popular choice for many people throughout the world. With that in mind, it’s no secret that getting into car accidents while using a rideshare app aren’t uncommon. Many people have found themselves involved in a car accident while using a rideshare app. After getting over the shock and dismay of being in a rideshare accident, you are usually left with unanswered questions.
What should you do first?
Who should you contact?
Is the rideshare company at fault, the driver, or both?
Being involved in a rideshare accident, while riding with companies like Uber or Lyft is very similar to any other vehicular accident. Many rideshare companies have insurance policies that make it difficult for riders to be compensated for injuries and damages. As a result, you will need a good attorney to recover full compensation. Though there will many things you’ll need to take care of, one of the most important steps to take is to find a rideshare injury attorney in Miami, like the attorneys at A to Z Injury Law. We’ve worked with many car accident cases that involve rideshare companies and we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Keep reading to learn more about how we can help and the steps you need to take after a car accident in Miami.
Check for Injuries
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a rideshare driver, whether you were the rideshare passenger or another driver, the first few steps are like any other car accident. First, make sure you and no one else is injured. Even if you do not appear to be injured, still seek medical attention, as severe symptoms may be delayed or unapparent. At the very least, stop by an urgent care center to make sure you don’t have any underlying injuries.
You should always call the police to notify them of a car accident, even if the accident was minor. Additionally, the police report will provide valuable information to help you and your attorney build a case against the rideshare company.
A police report will also help your rideshare attorney piece together any of the missing pieces from the accident. The truth is, you may not remember everything, so having a police report on hand to provide clarity in areas you may not be able to will help you develop a more solid case.
Be in a car accident is overwhelming, but it’s important to stay calm and gather as much information as you can. Important details to collect are:
- Names and phone numbers of everyone involved
- Rideshare driver’s license plate
- Insurance information from rideshare driver
- Pictures of the accident
Everything that you gather during the accident will be useful information for your rideshare injury attorney in Miami. When your attorney performs his or her own investigation to build a case against the negligent rideshare driver, they can use that information, along with the police report to help build a solid case.
Contact Rideshare Company
Contact the rideshare company and inform them that you have been in an accident with one of their drivers. A formal record will be helpful if you plan on filing an injury claim to seek compensation from the rideshare company’s insurance policy. If you don’t have a formal record of the accident, the rideshare company can, and most likely will fight your claim or lawsuit.
Contact Your Insurance Company
After the accident, you’ll need to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide a full report of the accident and injuries you incurred and try to give them as many details as possible. The more information you have to help show that you were involved in an accident. Any expenses you have to cover as a result of the accident may be covered but it’s best to speak directly with your insurance company and/or a public adjuster to see what your policy covers.
After the Accident
Most rideshare companies have a liability coverage policy to help you cover medical expenses and financial damage. However, determining who is to blame (rideshare company or driver) can get complicated. Many rideshare companies will try to put the blame on the driver. Because these drivers are independent contractors – not employees – driving their own vehicles, the rideshare company will use this to get out of covering your losses. But if the driver is uninsured or under-insured or is an Uber driver who had the app turned on during the accident, then you can go after the rideshare company.
Contact A to Z Injury Law
If you need a rideshare injury attorney in Miami, contact the attorneys at A to Z Injury Law. Leading Miami attorney, Erik Alvarez has recovered millions for his clients, and he will fight the rideshare insurance companies to make sure you are fully compensated. Give us a call today at (305)889-7056 or contact us (https://www.atozinjurylaw.com/contact-us) to see how we can help you!