What Should I Do If I’m Injured in an Uber Accident? | Fort Collins Injury Lawyers
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Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services can be helpful for getting from point A to point B. Unfortunately, if you have been injured in an accident involving one of these ridesharing services, you may find yourself getting the runaround.
At Zinda Law Group, our Uber accident attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue full compensation for all the ways your injury has cost you. And as one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Uber accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with Fort Collins rideshare accident attorneys.
Who’s to Blame: The Driver or the Company?
Suing a ride-sharing service like Uber can be especially difficult because drivers are considered independent contractors, rather than employees. This allows companies like Uber to not have to assume all of the liability or carry as much insurance as they might for an employee.
Still, if you have been through an Uber or other ride-sharing accident in Fort Collins, you have legal rights. Here are a few key things that you can do to enforce your rights.
Calling emergency services, such as 9-1-1 and the police
If you or other drivers and passengers may be injured, your top priority should be to receive prompt medical attention.
Calling the police also is crucial to ensure that you have accurate documentation of the crash, especially for purposes of making sure that you are reimbursed by your insurance agency for your injury.
Ensuring that you get an accident report from a police officer
It is the law in Colorado that in order to get reimbursement for an accident through your insurer, you need a police report detailing the scene of the crash.
For this reason, you need to call the police to the scene, even if the accident may seem relatively minor.
Getting the contact information of the driver
Although this is a special circumstance because the driver works for a ridesharing service, it is essential to have a way to contact him or her.
As you seek compensation for your injuries, it is important to know a direct number to get ahold of your driver, rather than getting ahold of them through a corporate ridesharing service number.
Getting the contact information of any witnesses
Individuals who saw the scene unfold may be able to give a more complete and accurate description of the accident, should you need more information for an insurance claim or potential lawsuit.
Seeking medical attention immediately, even if you are not sure you initially feel pain.
Adrenaline and shock may prevent you from being able to recognize your injuries at the outset of the accident. It is best to see a doctor so that he or she can document your condition and diagnose any potential issues before they become chronic conditions.
If Your Uber or Lyft Driver Is at Fault
If the accident occurs during the course of your trip, and the driver is decided to be at fault, Uber and Lyft both have insurance policies able to cover up to $1 million in damages.
If your damages exceeded this amount, or you needed to file a lawsuit for another reason, you would sue the Uber of Lyft driver directly, rather than try to recover through the company.
If Another Driver Is at Fault
In the scenario that the driver who hit your ridesharing car is at fault, then that driver’s insurance policy would be the default to try to help you recover damages.
If they do not have the proper funds to cover your medical costs, then both Uber and Lyft have underinsured motorist policies that could cover up to $1 million in damages as well.
If You’re a Pedestrian
Things become much more complicated if you are a pedestrian who is hit by a ridesharing services driver. It may largely depend if the driver was on or off duty at the time of an accident. Your chances of seeking adequate recovery are much higher if the driver was on duty.
A Skilled Fort Collins Uber Accident Attorney Can Make All the Difference
Navigating the intricacies of filing a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft can be difficult without a skilled car accident attorney. You deserve someone who will protect you from ridesharing services giving you the runaround.
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of car accident victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. We can help you build the strongest case possible and seek recovery for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
To get started with your claim, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our Uber accident lawyers in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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