Handling rideshare motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania
Learn what to do if you are ever involved in a car accident while using rideshare services like Uber or Lyft.
Rideshare services in Pennsylvania offer convenience, and they are a great way to help protect the environment. That said, you have just as much of a chance of being involved in an auto accident while riding in someone else’s car as you do while driving your own vehicle. So what do you do if you are injured in an accident while riding with Lyft or Uber?
What to do?
Just like you would in an auto accident in which you are behind the wheel, you want to gather as much information as possible. Specifically, get the license and insurance information from the driver and any other drivers involved in the accident. If there were any witnesses to the accident, write down their accounts and contact information.
Find out about coverage
Uber and Lyft offer insurance to their drivers with their usual driver contracts, and drivers should also have coverage from their personal auto insurance provider. The way it usually works is that company coverage protects drivers after they accept a ride and while they are transporting passengers.
If you were to be involved in an accident during your ride, you will likely receive a call from Uber or Lyft’s insurance company to follow-up on what happened during the accident and if you are injured. Take notes of your own during the call so everyone has the same information
Look into the latest laws
The law is something that is constantly changing, and the same applies to laws regarding ridesharing apps and services. Look into the latest laws in Pennsylvania so you have a basic idea of your rights if you are injured as a passenger. Additionally, it is best that you speak with an attorney about your situation so you have accurate and up-to-date information to help you decide on your best next move. Even if it is obvious who is responsible for your injuries, you have a better chance of recovering every penny you are rightfully entitled to if you are backed by a knowledgeable attorney.
Be wary of working with insurance companies
You might receive an offer from an insurance company regarding your personal injury case. While an offer might seem generous, you have to remember that insurance companies want to save money, which means they might offer you a low-ball settlement. Before agreeing to anything, speak with medical and legal professionals about your injuries and how they might impact your ability to make a living in the future.
No matter who is behind the wheel, motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania are never fun. Speak with an attorney about your legal options and about the best way to proceed with your case.