What to Do After an Uber Crash
Putting your life into the hands of a person you don't know can be a stressful experience, but over 4 million people still take an Uber ride each day. With a user base of 111 million, rideshare services are a staple in communities from big cities to suburban areas. But just because they are common doesn't mean that Uber rides are free from potential risks.
In the most recent US Safety Report from Uber, over 100 people died in Uber crashes in just one year. As these services become more popular, it is crucial to acknowledge that riders have rights when involved in these collisions. If you are curious about the appropriate steps to take after your Uber crash, here are five things you need to remember.
1. Call the Police and Obtain a Copy of the Report
No matter who is driving, being involved in a collision can be a scary experience. Remember that you have a right to call 911 and ask for an officer on the scene. Although Texas doesn't require every accident to be reported, you may want to obtain a copy of the police report for your records, especially if you sustained an injury and are looking to file a claim.
2. Take Notes at the Scene
Since you weren't driving when the collision occurred, it may be beneficial to law enforcement, insurance providers, and your future attorney to take notes of what happened leading up to the accident, as well as any injuries sustained. Not only will this help the police accurately assign fault percentages, but it can add more information to reports and potential lawsuits.
3. Seek Medical Attention
Whenever you get into an accident, you should be taking extra care and seeking medical attention no later than a week after. Many symptoms of injuries may not show up until hours or days later, so being proactive about your health can help prevent more significant issues down the line.
Documenting the frequency of treatment and cost of medical bills related to the accident can also help if you are looking to pursue a personal injury case in the future.
4. Report the Crash to Uber
To promote increased safety for both drivers and passengers, Uber users are encouraged to report any crashes or suspicious activity to the company. In addition, they provide 24/7 incident support and services in-app that will directly call 911 if needed. If at any point you find it to be unusually difficult to report these instances or get in contact with the company, your attorney can contact them on your behalf.
5. Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney
You should never have to worry about whether you're getting in the car with a safe driver. Still, unfortunately, Uber accidents can be especially common in urban areas like San Antonio. That's why you need a skilled rideshare accident attorney on your side to help you understand the process of dealing with third parties and their insurers.
If you are looking to pursue legal action after sustaining an injury in an Uber accident, call (210) 807-3178 or fill out the form on our website to get in touch with a team member at The Law Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC.