Practice Areas Rideshare Accidents
When you are involved in an accident with a rideshare service, such as Uber or Lyft, it's important to understand who is responsible and what you should do. Attorneys can be very helpful in this instance because understanding the rideshare accident process often involves the expertise of an experienced lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a rideshare accident as a passenger or pedestrian, contact Brooks Injury Law.
Rideshare Accidents are on the Rise
With Uber being created in 2009 and Lyft following in 2015, the rideshare community has truly crushed the taxi service. According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, a rideshare service is considered any person or entity that uses a digital network or Internet network to connect passengers to rideshare drivers for the purpose of prearranged transportation for hire or for donation. These services provide a huge convenience to their customers and a big plus is that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to use a rideshare app. Many people, especially the millennial generation, love the idea of rideshare because it provides them with an easier way to go out with their friends, enjoy a drink, and get home safely. Others really enjoy the idea that they can take a rideshare service to work and use the ride time to catch up on emails or place phone calls since someone else is driving. Both of these are examples of how these services are essentially making our roads safer, but that is not to say that accidents still won't happen.
What to do After a Rideshare Accident
1. Call Call 911
Like any car accident, it is important to always get a police report so there is legal record of it happening. If you are injured, get medical attention immediately and keep record of any hospital visits and bills.
2. Take Pictures Take Pictures
If possible, take your own pictures at the scene so you can have them for personal record and for use in the future if needed.
3. Get Information Get Witness Information
It's smart to have a list of witnesses that can vouch for you in the case that someone tries to deny the accident - whether that be the rideshare driver or the company. If possible, gather witness information including their name, phone number, and email address.
4. Save Receipt Save Your Ride Receipt
Rideshare services are luckily conducted on an app so it makes it easy to save your ride receipt. Make sure that you screen shot the receipt so it doesn't get lost and you always have proof of your ride. It will show your drivers name, the time your trip started, and where you were picked up. All of this information can help with further investigation of your accident claim.
5. Seek Get Legal Help
This step is crucial when you are involved in a rideshare accident. These accidents are handled differently than regular car crashes and attorneys know the correct process to take. Evidence of your ride MUST be preserved, so that's why it's important to seek an attorney that can help you notify the company that you were riding with. Never pay for consultations, but instead find an experienced firm that will listen to your case free of cost, like Brooks Injury Law.
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