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  • Writer's pictureAdam Funk

What to Do If You Are Injured in a Car Accident While a Passenger in a Rideshare Vehicle

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in recent years. While they offer a convenient and affordable way to get around, they also come with some risks. One of the biggest risks is the possibility of being involved in a car accident.

If you are injured in a car accident while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, there are a few things you should do to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.

  1. Seek medical attention immediately. Even if you don't think you are seriously injured, it is important to see a doctor to be evaluated. Some injuries, such as concussions and whiplash, may not manifest themselves immediately.

  2. Report the accident to the police. This will create a record of the accident and help to preserve evidence.

  3. Gather information about the accident. This includes getting the names and contact information of all witnesses, as well as the license plate number and insurance information of the rideshare driver and any other vehicles involved in the accident.

  4. Contact Uber or Lyft. They will be able to provide you with information about their insurance coverage and claims process.

  5. Contact a personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can help you to understand your legal rights and options, and can represent you in negotiations with the insurance companies.

Who is liable for a car accident while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle?

The liability for a car accident while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle will depend on the specific circumstances of the accident. However, there are a few general rules that apply.

  • If the rideshare driver is at fault for the accident, then the rideshare company's insurance will be the primary source of compensation for the passenger.

  • If another driver is at fault for the accident, then that driver's insurance will be the primary source of compensation for the passenger.

  • If the rideshare driver is uninsured or underinsured, then the rideshare company may provide coverage under its uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

What damages can you recover if you are injured in a car accident while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle?

If you are injured in a car accident while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, you may be able to recover compensation for a variety of damages, including:

  • Medical expenses

  • Lost wages

  • Pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

  • Property damage

How to file a claim after a car accident while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle

To file a claim after a car accident while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, you will need to contact the insurance company of the at-fault party. If you are unsure who the at-fault party is, you can contact your own insurance company for assistance.

Once you have contacted the insurance company, you will need to provide them with information about the accident, including the date, time, and location of the accident, as well as the names and contact information of all witnesses. You will also need to provide them with your medical records and other documentation of your injuries and losses.

The insurance company will then investigate the claim and determine whether or not to accept liability. If the insurance company accepts liability, they will offer you a settlement. If you are not satisfied with the settlement offer, you may be able to negotiate with the insurance company or file a lawsuit.

Tips for negotiating a settlement with an insurance company

If you are negotiating a settlement with an insurance company after a car accident while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Be prepared to walk away from the negotiation if you are not offered a fair settlement.

  • Don't sign anything without having an attorney review it first.

  • Be honest and upfront about your injuries and losses.

  • Don't be afraid to negotiate.

How to find a personal injury attorney

If you are injured in a car accident while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, you should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your case. A personal injury attorney can help you to understand your legal rights and options, and can represent you in negotiations with the insurance companies.

To find a personal injury attorney, you can ask for referrals from friends, family, or colleagues. You can also search for attorneys online or in the phone book.

Conclusion

If you are injured in a car accident while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, it is important to understand your legal rights and options. By following the tips above, you can protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.

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