Services like Uber and Lyft help people get to their destination quickly and simply. With just a few taps through either app, a person can hail a ride. While many find ride-hailing to be most efficient in this manner, there is always the chance you could end up in an accident. If that happens, our Colorado rideshare accident lawyers can help.
While rideshare services are accessible in a large portion of the country, they are most prevalent in urban areas. Uber and Lyft are available in the following Colorado cities:
- Colorado Springs
- Fort Collins
- Grand Junction
- Steamboat Springs
- Winter Park
As the companies expand, it’s likely the services will be available in other cities. No matter where your accident happened in Colorado, our rideshare attorneys are prepared to help.
How Rideshare Accidents are Different
While the consequences of a rideshare accident can be similar to those of a standard car crash, the main difference lies in the source of recovery for the victim. Uber and Lyft require their drivers to be covered under a commercial insurance policy. If you’re in the middle of a trip when the accident happens, your injuries should be covered under the insurance policy, but there’s a chance the company won’t want to pay. There’s a chance the company could look to have the driver’s policy cover your injuries—but what happens if that’s not enough?
In order to minimize the risk of jeopardizing your recovery, a rideshare attorney from the Rideshare Law Group can provide you with legal representation and fight on your behalf. You won’t have to worry about conversations with Uber or Lyft representatives or others from insurance companies. We’ll handle those phone calls and paperwork, so you can focus on healing mentally and physically.
Reporting an Accident to Uber or Lyft
It’s likely the police will show up at the scene of the accident and write up an official report. But it’s a good idea to file a report with Uber or Lyft. Their reporting processes are different, so we’ll break down each one.
If you’re in an accident as the ride of an Uber driver, Uber asks that you make sure all parties involved are safe and contact the police or paramedics if necessary. Then, you can reach out to the company and let them know what happened.
To file a report with the company, you first need to log in to your account. Once you do, you’ll be able to fill out their form. You’ll need the following information:
- Date of the accident
- Time of the accident
- Location of the accident
- Whether you were in the vehicle
- Whether anyone was taken in an ambulance or taken to the hospital
- Whether anyone was injured
- How you believe the accident happened
- Accident photos
- Additional details
Once you submit that report, an Uber representative will work on investigating the incident.
Lyft’s accident reporting system for riders isn’t as straightforward. While the driver is required to fill out a form detailing the incident, passengers have to tap “I still need help” in the app and use the call feature to speak with a member of the critical response team. They’ll likely ask you for the driver’s name, pickup and drop-off addresses, date and time of the ride, ride cost, and confirmation of your email address.
Do You Need Legal Representation?
After an accident, you’ll need to consider whether obtaining legal counsel would be to your benefit. While you have the right to manage a car accident claim on your own, it’s important to remember that it’s not easy going up against a large company like Uber or Lyft. To improve your chances of maximizing your compensation, you’ll want to consider working with a Colorado attorney from the Rideshare Law Group.
When you get in touch with our attorneys, we have the ability to conduct a thorough investigation to determine why and how your accident happened. We’ll look into the rideshare driver, their driving record, and your account of what they were doing at the time of the collision. If we discover they were distracted, fatigued, or took other negligent actions that resulted in the wreck, we can hold them accountable.
In some instances, it could be another driver or even the rideshare company that’s the primary at-fault party. Regardless, our investigation will help determine who to hold responsible and why. We’ll also work on calculating how much you’re owed in regard to compensation.
The aftermath of an accident can impact your life in a number of ways. From medical bills to lost wages and pain and suffering, we can total up what you’re owed in economic losses and come up with what is fair in non-economic damages.
Contact the Rideshare Law Firm
If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident, our lawyers are prepared to help. We understand how difficult it can be to recover from a crash—especially if you’re uncertain how you’re going to pay for medical bills and get by without working for some time.
When you get in touch with our Colorado rideshare accident lawyers, you’ll be on your way to expediting your recovery and getting your life back in order. We’ll start by evaluating your situation, providing you with information on your rights and legal options, and guide you through the claims process if you decide to pursue compensation that way.
No matter the severity of the crash or the injuries and repercussions you’re dealing with now, you deserve compensation to help you manage losses you should never have had to deal with. To learn more, contact us today.