As ridesharing apps have become more prevalent, accidents involving companies such as Uber and Lyft have risen exponentially. Because of third-party involvement–whether you are a rideshare driver or passenger–it becomes difficult to receive compensation after an accident.
Our injury and criminal defense lawyers in San Antonio, TX are experienced in dealing with Uber and Lyft and winning claims against their insurance companies. If you are involved in a rideshare accident, here are five helpful tips on what to do next:
1. Seek Medical Treatment
If you were injured during the accident, please seek medical attention immediately for your health and safety. We recommend asking for medical treatment even if you feel unhurt as internal damage can be deadly if not treated properly.
2. Collect Insurance and Contact Information
Whether you were driving or a Lyft or Uber passenger–or a passenger in the other vehicle–write down the insurance information of each driver involved and ask if they are a rideshare driver. It may also be worthwhile to write down any contact information of any witnesses. Their accounts of the accident may make all the difference in your claim.
3. Take Photographs
Document the scene with detailed notes and photographs. If you are injured in an accident, it’s important to document the injuries right after so that the accident is proven to have caused them.
4. Call the Law Office of Jesse Hernandez
Our experienced Uber and Lyft accident attorneys will help you deal with the rideshare companies and their insurance agents. We are a respected law firm in the state of Texas and have handled hundreds of claims just like yours.
5. DO NOT Speak to Any Insurance Company
This should be rule #1. No matter what you do, let a legal professional do the negotiating. Insurance companies are well-versed in trapping personal injury victims into taking settlements far lower than what they are owed. Refer them to your lawyer at all times.
It is important to know that if you are a passenger in the accident, you may be involved with more than one insurance company. The rideshare company has its own insurance policy on top of the personal insurance of its driver. This adds confusion to the process and is why it is important to turn the legal issue over to the team of attorneys at the Law Office of Jesse Hernandez.
Give us a call at 210-807-8656 for your free legal consultation.