Uber has become a staple for so many Philadelphia locals. At this point, you and everyone you associate with have probably downloaded and used Uber to get from point A to point B. The transportation scene has been forever changed since 2009 when Uber first stepped foot into the market.
Gone are the days of waiting out in the cold trying to flag down a taxi before the other person gets it. With how many users Uber has, accidents are bound to happen. What exactly happens when your Uber driver gets into an accident with you as the passenger?
Well, just like anything else auto accident related, the answer isn’t cut and dried. There are some things that must be narrowed down before going through with an auto accident claim.
Auto Accident Basics
As with any car accident, there are some basic steps you should follow no matter what. These steps help ensure that everyone involved is, most importantly, safe and out of danger’s way.
- Make sure everyone involved is okay. This is the first and most important step to take, as health and well-being is the first focus.
- Call 911. The severity of the accident and the injuries sustained dictates whether emergency services are necessary. If there are severe injuries, it is crucial to get medical professionals to the scene as quickly as possible.
- Take pictures of the accident scene. The more, the better, in terms of documenting evidence. The more photos you have to provide supporting evidence, the easier it is to support your claim.
- Exchange information. This includes name, phone number, license plate tag, and insurance information.
- Contact any witnesses and document their statements.
- Make note of any thoughts you have immediately following the accident. This will help you remember the information when building your case.
What to Do as the Passenger of an Uber
You’re awaiting your Uber just like every other morning. They arrive, you get in and you’re off to work.
CRASH! You’ve been involved in a collision. You’ve followed the auto accident basics, but you aren’t the driver of the vehicle—now what?
The good news is that Uber:
Insures bodily injuries or damages you’ve caused to your riders, people in other vehicles, pedestrians, or property. Coverage limits vary by state but are at least $1,000,000.
While this policy seems exceptionally generous of Uber, this coverage is often not taken advantage of. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney will give you the best shot at seeking the full compensation following an auto accident with an Uber.
Being involved in an auto accident can be a very intimidating experience, especially when you are not the driver. Regardless of how well informed you may be on the situation, in moments of high tension even the most well-versed individuals let things slip their mind.
The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Kwartler Manus have been helping hold negligent parties responsible for their actions for many years, resulting in millions of dollars recovered. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a ride-sharing service, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys would love to help fight in your corner.