Throughout the state of Texas, more people are relying upon ride-sharing services, specifically Uber and Lyft. This influx of drivers has exacerbated existing traffic conditions and resulted in more accidents involving ride-sharing services. The number of accidents involving Uber and Lyft vehicles nationwide has increased, resulting in more accidents and deaths each year.
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Knowing what to do after an Uber and Lyft accident can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. If you are in an accident with a ride-sharing service, contact our Brownsville attorneys today to discuss your case.
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There are a few things you want to do immediately after an accident to protect yourself legally and financially:
1. Exchange Information
Exchange information with the other driver. You will need to exchange contact information and insurance information as well as any ride-sharing company information just the same as you would with a regular car accident. You also want to get contact information for any witnesses who may be able to provide statements for your case down the line.
2. Document the Scene with Photos
Properly document everything. If possible, take pictures that document things like:
3. Contact the Brownsville Police Department
Immediately after the accident, contact the police department so that they can send officers to the scene to generate an official report. You will need this report if you submit a claim and it will have useful information about the accident and those involved.
4. Get Medical Care Immediately
As soon as you have been cleared by the Brownsville police to leave the scene and your vehicle is in a safe location, you need to seek medical attention. If your doctor is unavailable, you can get treated at Valley Regional Medical Center or the Brownsville Valley Baptist Medical Center for any injuries you have sustained. If you don’t get medical attention and you allow your injuries to get worse, that will work against you when you submit a claim. You have a responsibility to get treatment immediately and to follow through with any advised treatment.
5. Call the Uber or Lyft Emergency Line
These ride-sharing services have emergency phone numbers specifically for situations like this. Call the emergency line and follow any steps they give you. Write down as much as you can about the conversation. Coordinate with the Brownsville Police as the report is being taken.
6. Contact A Brownsville Car Accident Attorney
Speaking with a Uber and Lyft car accident attorney immediately will give you a concrete set of steps to follow after the accident. You’ll learn who to contact next (if anyone), who to speak to or not speak to you, and what information you need to get if you haven’t already.
Determining the party at fault is based upon negligence, and it is for that reason that you need to have a Brownsville Uber and Lyft car accident attorney to help you. At the moment, it can be challenging to figure out who was at fault and therefore, who is liable or to what degree you are each responsible.
You may be entitled to compensation if you were not at fault and the accident was the direct result of negligence on behalf of the other driver, be it an Uber or a Lyft driver. It’s in your best interest to work with an Uber and Lyft accident attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can prove negligence and compile the evidence you need to substantiate such a claim.
The right group of attorneys can help you fight insurance companies. These companies are notorious for finding any way possible to reduce or eliminate the settlement/claim. This is particularly true of ride-sharing services. You don’t want to fight this battle on your own. A seasoned law firm will know exactly how to handle each step in this process. This process includes what to present as part of your initial demand, what the deadlines are, and how to proceed if you don’t reach a settlement.
We can help you to determine your compensation value before submitting your claim. The compensation given in a case depends upon the severity of the injuries sustained, how those injuries impact your quality of life, and any property damage. Concurrently we can help review your case and access things like police reports, phone records, and traffic camera data useful in proving negligence and liability.
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For Your Brownsville Uber and Lyft Car Accident?
Even the most cautious drivers can find themselves in an Uber or Lyft car accident either as a passenger within the vehicle or the other vehicle. Not knowing what to do after an accident can cause severe delays, mishaps, and long-term impede the success of your case. If you need an attorney, you need someone who has handled similar cases, a team that knows whether your case has any pitfalls, and what to expect as a likely outcome.
Contact our offices today for a free case evaluation from our Uber and Lyft car accident attorneys. We can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation, what steps you need to take next, what you can expect in terms of pushback or outcome, and we can answer any other questions you might have.
Call Begum Law Group Injury Lawyers at 956.982.1800 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.