Uber has completely changed the way in which we travel and as each year passes there are more of us who are deciding to ditch the car in favor of the ride-sharing service. With an increasing number of cars on the road, and more Ubers out there than ever before, the probabilities of getting involved in an accident have risen. For example here in Buffalo NY Uber accident attorneys are seeing a steady rise in cases, especially where personal injury has occurred. This is not to discourage you from using Uber of course, but if you do and an accident takes place, here is what you need to do.
Fault is of course at the heart of any legal case and in an accident where you are the passenger, it is important to remember that 99.9% of the time, you will not be at fault. Even if your driver was deemed at fault, you will not be. The only time that you can be considered at fault is if you have done something to distract the driver. In terms of who you would file a case against in the event of an injury, this would be whoever is deemed the responsible party, be it the Uber driver or the other vehicle.
After you have been involved in an accident the first step is of course to ensure that everyone is safe. Once you have done this it is important that you call the police, no matter what the Uber driver happens to tell you. Naturally, if there is an injured party then it will make sense for you to also call the paramedics to get them medical attention. If you feel that you are injured in any way then you should also look to get a medical checkup.
Reporting The Incident
Your driver should have already reported this incident but even if they have, you should also do the same. Assuming that everything is followed as per protocol, you should then get a call from an insurance agent working for Uber, to find out the details about the crash. Prior to leaving the crash site try to take any photographs which you are able to and speak to anyone who actually witnessed the accident. The Uber driver will have also been instructed to do all of this, but it is always better to have your own account too.
Seeking Legal Support
If the accident has left you with an injury then you should look to speak to a personal injury lawyer in order to see whether or not you will be able to bring forward a case against the responsible party. Given that you are likely to have played absolutely no part in this accident, there is no reason that you should have to lose days from work or struggle in pain, which is why filing a case is the right thing to do.
Make sure that you are prepared for this kind of situation when you are riding with Uber.