Have You Been Injured in a Rideshare Accident?
In major metropolitan cities such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge, rideshare services can offer a convenient transportation solution in traffic-heavy areas. Popular apps such as Uber and Lyft are frequently used to help people get where they are going without needing a bus or their own vehicle. Often, these rides happen without incident for the passengers, the driver, and the surrounding drivers. However, sometimes accidents occur during these rides, and they can be devastating for those involved. If you or a loved one have been injured using services like Lyft or Uber, you want experienced legal representation to help you navigate what comes next.
What’s Different About Rideshare Accidents?
At Mansfield Melancon Cranmer & Dick, our expert Louisiana car accident attorneys handle cases involving rideshare services. When it comes to auto accidents involving Uber, Lyft, or other services, there are additional legal complexities that differentiate them from standard traffic collisions. First, there is the driver of the uber/lyft vehicle who could be at fault in the event of an accident. And then there is also the rideshare company, which may also be liable depending on the circumstances of the accident. The company provides commercial insurance for its drivers while they are on the clock. Therefore, if you are injured due to an accident while your driver is on the clock, the company’s insurance should cover your damages.
However, with so many parties involved, these types of accidents can be complicated. This is why you need an experienced attorney on your side as soon as possible. The insurance company may still try to fight liability claims. Or they may offer you a lower settlement than what you should receive for your injuries. The attorneys of Mansfield Melancon Cranmer & Dick can examine your case to help you receive proper compensation for your injuries. We’re with you from the start to assist with all of the paperwork and settlement negotiations, even taking your case to trial if necessary. Our team is ready to work hard to ensure that you get justice.
What to Do After a Rideshare Accident
If you are involved in a rideshare accident, the first thing to do is to check yourself and others for injuries. Call 9-1-1 to alert emergency services to the accident. If you can and if it is safe to do so, gather insurance and license information from everyone involved, including the uber/lyft driver. Get a screenshot on your phone of the driver’s information from the app, and report the accident to the driver’s company.
Be sure to take photographs and video of the scene, including the surrounding area, the vehicles, and the road. These conditions could have contributed to the accident. After, check with any witnesses and ask if you can have their contact information. Inform your insurance company of the accident, and let them know that the accident is under investigation. It’s often best to avoid making a statement to the rideshare company or driver’s insurance representatives early on, because this could harm your potential case.
Instead, get in touch with trusted rideshare accident attorneys like Mansfield Melancon Cranmer & Dick. We can provide a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case and which steps you should take next. Let our attorneys fight for you.