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10 Steps to Take After an Uber/Lyft Accident

by Maverick Ray & AssociatesFebruary 26, 2021

Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Houston? You Need an Experienced Attorney.

Thousands of people are injured in Uber/Lyft accidents every year. Whether you were a rideshare passenger, another driver, or a pedestrian involved in an accident, you need an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. 

At Maverick Ray & Associates, our attorneys will work with you to maximize your recovery, going after all responsible parties after your Uber or Lyft accident. We have experienced trial lawyers that will build a strong case on your behalf. If you have been injured in an Uber/Lyft accident in Houston, call (281) 324-8970 for a free case consultation.

What to Do After an Uber/Lyft Accident

Uber/Lyft accidents can be complicated, involving multiple insurance carriers and policies. It is essential that you act quickly and gather as much information as possible in order to get the largest possible settlement or verdict. 

Step 1: Call 9-1-1

Whether you are a passenger, driver, or pedestrian, you should always contact local law enforcement after being involved in an Uber/Lyft accident. In Texas, you are legally required to immediately report the accident to local law enforcement if:

  • The accident resulted in injury or death; and/or 
  • The accident resulted in damage to a vehicle, rendering it unable to be driven normally and safely.

After you have reported the incident, a peace officer will then conduct an accident investigation. You may be given information regarding the accident report number filed by the officer. It is important to retain any documents or obtain police reports related to the incident.

Step 2: Seek Medical Attention

If you are injured in the Uber/Lyft accident, seek medical attention immediately. When you contact law enforcement, let the operator know that there are injuries so that they can send paramedics. Even if you do not believe that you are seriously injured, you should still be evaluated by a medical professional.

Immediately after an accident, your body may be in shock. You may be unable to detect damage to internal organs, head injuries, or neck and back pain. Seeking treatment for your injuries and providing documentation may be imperative to getting full and fair compensation in your case.

Step 3: Gather Information 

Once you have gotten to a safe location and rendered aid to any injured parties, request information from all other involved parties. Generally, you will want to obtain the other person’s driver’s license number, contact information, and insurance card. Make sure that you get a copy of the insurance policy information for the individual and the rideshare company. 

Step 4: Check for Witnesses

Eye-witnesses may be able to provide an unbiased review of what occurred before, during, and after the accident. Check to see if there were any witnesses to the accident and gather their information. If the accident happened on a residential street or near businesses, check to see if anyone had a security video that may have captured the incident.

One of the benefits of hiring an attorney is that they can request or subpoena evidence that may support your claim. It is always in your best interest to consult a car accident attorney as soon as possible.

Step 5: Make a Record of Your Rideshare

If you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft when the accident occurred, document your ride by taking a screenshot of all relevant information. Document as much information as possible. The more detailed information that you can provide, the more likely that you will be fairly compensated by a liable party for your injuries.

Step 6: Take Pictures at the Scene

Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Make a record of vehicle or property damage. Videos and photographs may provide key insight into road and weather conditions as well as give verifiable evidence of the true extent of the damage.

Step 7: Write a Description of the Vehicles

In addition to taking pictures of the vehicles involved in the Uber/Lyft accident, write down the make and model of the vehicles. Take a photo or write down the license plate numbers from all involved cars or trucks and note the location. The more information you provide, the easier it will be to file a claim against all negligent or responsible drivers.

Step 8: Request Copies of Your Medical Records

Request a copy of all of your medical records related to treatment for your injuries. Never stop treatment unless released by a medical professional. Failure to continue treatment for your injuries can result in your claim for damages being reduced or denied.

It is imperative to continue treatment for all injuries, including physical therapy and rehabilitation, in order to provide an accurate account of your damages. 

Step 9: Do Not Settle

You should never accept a settlement from an insurance company without having your case reviewed by an attorney. Insurance adjusters may try to deny your claim or downplay your injuries. Do not settle for less than your case is worth.

Step 10: Hire an Attorney

Hiring an attorney immediately after an Uber/Lyft accident is the best way to obtain the largest settlement or verdict in your case. At Maverick Ray & Associates, our attorneys will review your case for free to determine whether you have a valid claim for damages and who should be held liable for your injuries. 

Our lawyers are skilled negotiators that are not afraid to take on rideshare companies in order to get injury victims the money that they deserve after an accident. If you try to go it alone, you may end up settling or worse, end up with nothing. Let us fight for you.

Contact Maverick Ray & Associates for a Free Consultation

Have you been injured in an Uber/Lyft accident? Contact our office for a free consultation. Our attorneys provide aggressive, dedicated representation for injury victims in Houston and throughout Texas. We are not afraid of a good fight, and we do not back down. 

Work with the best in Texas to get the results you need. Uber and Lyft accidents happen all too frequently; let us hold them responsible. Call (281) 324-8970 to discuss your case today. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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