THE MINNESOTA CAR ACCIDENT INJURY LAWYERS AT SCHMIDT AND SALITA LAW TEAM DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE ISSUES RAISED IN VEHICLE ACCIDENTS WHILE YOU ARE A RIDESHARE PASSENGER
Accidents as a Passenger in Uber or Lyft Vehicles
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft are extremely popular in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area. They provide a much-needed service that allows you to get to your destination without dealing with the headaches of driving and parking. While rideshare services are often considered safe, accidents do happen. With more and more rideshare drivers on the road, it is possible that you might be a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle when an accident occurs. If you were hurt in a rideshare accident, it is important to know what to do following the crash.
What to do After a Rideshare Accident
The first thing to do following an Uber or Lyft accident is to make sure the driver stops at the scene. Unfortunately, some rideshare drivers would prefer to avoid the problems associated with an accident and may not want to stop, even if the accident was more than minor. It is important to document the crash with an accident report. When a driver does stop, he or she may not want to file a police report. That is because reporting an accident could impact the driver’s ability to continue working for rideshare companies.
Exit the vehicle and stand safely on the side of the road while you wait for the police and ambulance to arrive. Obtain the name and information of your Uber or Lyft driver and write down the license plate number or snap a quick photo. Provide a witness statement to the police so it is included in the report. Minnesota Law requires a police report after an accident where there are injuries or fatalities or with damages over $1,000.
Seek medical attention for your injuries. Even if you are not feeling extreme pain at the moment, you may be seriously hurt. Get checked out by a doctor or visit the emergency room to have your injuries diagnosed and treated. Contact Uber to report the accident. The rideshare driver may not report it to Lyft or Uber so you should always make sure that the rideshare company knows about the accident as soon as possible. They have all of the records regarding your trip so they can handle the situation internally.
Who Should Pay for My Medical Expenses?
As with any accident, the negligent driver is responsible for the resulting damages. Various factors are used by the insurance company to determine fault, such as the police report, witness statements, review of damages, and more. Sometimes more than one driver could be partly to blame for the crash.
Uber and Lyft drivers are covered by liability insurance when they are available for rides and when they are on a trip. This is the primary insurance that will be used if a claim is needed. The driver’s personal insurance policy may also come into play.
Get An Uber and Lyft Rideshare Lawyer
Rideshare claims can be extremely complicated and difficult to resolve. You may need help from an experienced personal injury attorney in Minnesota. Schmidt Salita Law Team is experienced in personal injury cases and can help you!
The Schmidt Salita Law Team Handles a Wide Variety of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team handles cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents. It has many years’ experience in workers compensation , products liability and medical malpractice cases.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, broken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices through out the State of Minnesota. Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I394 and I494. The offices are handicap accessible with ample parking.
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