If you’ve ever taken a rideshare like Uber before, you know they’re quite convenient for getting around Columbus. You don’t have to worry about driving, and you’re protected by some hefty insurance policies.
Of course, getting an adequate payment from them can be a challenge without the help of a Columbus Uber accident attorney. John Foy & Associates has helped many people in Columbus, GA, get compensation after they’ve been in an Uber accident. We can help you as well.
First Steps After an Uber Accident
If you’re the passenger in an Uber accident, you can still do some things to protect your case. Don’t rely on your Uber driver to do the right things after an accident. Be sure to do the following to keep your rights and protect your potential recovery.
Call the Police and EMS
If your Uber driver or any other party tells you not to call the police, ignore them. Call the police to get an accident report and to summon emergency medical services. Do not leave the scene until they arrive. If EMS suggests you need to go to the hospital, do as they ask.
Gather Evidence With Your Phone
Thanks to smartphones, you can quickly snap a few photos or take video while you’re waiting for the police. Try to get evidence that shows the scene, the position of the vehicles, license plate numbers, damage to property, all visible injuries you have, and anything else you think is relevant.
Seek Medical Care As Soon As Possible
If you aren’t taken to the hospital after your crash, see your doctor as soon as possible. This does several things to protect you. First, it protects your health from hidden injuries. Second, it will provide an official record of your injuries. You’ll need this for your case.
If an insurer tries to reach out to you before you get a lawyer, do not answer their questions. Uber may be fast about this since their drivers have to report crashes through the app and they’ll have your information. Tell them you are seeking representation and hang up. The insurance company will use anything you say against you.
Hire a Columbus Uber Accident Lawyer
Once you’ve been examined by a doctor and can clearly think about what happened, call our Columbus Uber accident lawyers at John Foy. You do not have to be out of the hospital. We can converse with you over the phone. Our team will discuss your case with you and how we can help.
After you’ve hired an attorney, you can focus on recovery and they can handle talking with Uber’s insurance company and any other third parties. They will gather up the evidence in your case, figure out how much your case is worth, and pursue compensation on your behalf.
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Which Insurance Policy Applies in an Uber Accident?
Uber’s insurance policies only apply in certain circumstances. If you’re riding in a vehicle and the app is turned off at the time of the crash, Uber will not cover you. Odds are high that it will be on if you’re on a rideshare though, because the driver wouldn’t get paid otherwise.
Uber drivers get a certain amount of protective auto insurance coverage above their standard insurance while waiting on requests. Once they have an active request, Uber offers $1 million in third-party vehicle liability coverage. Thus, if you’re a passenger, you’ll have access to this policy.
Much also depends on who caused the accident. As a passenger, you may have the right to claim against multiple insurance companies. Your Uber accident lawyer can sort through the specifics and structure your claim to get you the most compensation you can receive.
What Can I Get Compensation for After an Uber Accident?
Any compensation you ask for must be justified by seeking general and specific damages. Your compensation depends on your injuries and how they’ve affected your life after your accident. Some things you could get compensation for include:
- All medical costs, including treatment, hospital stays, surgery, equipment, prescriptions, etc.
- All the income you’ve lost during your recovery
- Any future income you can’t get because of your injuries
- Pain and suffering for the harm you’ve received.
- Disability benefits
- Wrongful death benefits if you lost a loved one
These are just a few of the possibilities. Our investigation into your case will tell us which ones can be justified and how much we can claim. For non-economic damages, we will negotiate with the insurance company for an adequate amount. If they won’t listen, we’ll take them to court.
Hire a Columbus Uber Accident Attorney
If you’ve been hurt in an Uber accident, or you’ve lost a loved one in one, it’s time to contact a Columbus Uber accident attorney at John Foy & Associates. For over 25 years, our team has helped people with many personal injury cases, including rideshare accidents.
You do not want to make a claim against Uber on your own. They will find ways to lower or deny your claim. Let our experienced attorneys help you instead. Call us at the number on your screen, or reach out to us through our contact form. We’ll be happy to help you.