Madison, WI Uber/Lyft Accident Attorneys Working Tirelessly for Their Client’s Rights
Relying on an Uber or Lyft service has become increasingly popular to get around. With this, however, comes an increase in accidents that involve standard rideshare options. So what are you supposed to do if you were involved in an accident while your Uber/Lyft driver was driving?
An experienced Madison rideshare accident attorney can help you walk through the options and understand your rights. No one should feel like they can’t return to life after being involved in an accident. Contact our office today at (608) 448-6242 to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys and learn how we can help you.
What Should I Do After an Accident Involving a Lyft or Uber Car?
If you were injured, it is essential that you seek medical care immediately for any accident. In some cases, individuals find their injuries minor and decide against seeking medical attention, only to find out later that the minor injuries resulted in significant long-term effects that weren’t apparent immediately. Having a doctor discuss the accident with you and examine you can help you to rest assured that you have taken the proper steps to heal yourself from any injuries sustained.
Report the accident to the proper authorities. This isn’t always obvious to some victims of accidents and can be incredibly beneficial to the evidence necessary in the future when you choose to pursue damages.
Report the accident to the rideshare company as well. Uber or Lyft needs to be made aware of the accident so they can take the proper steps to either suspend the driver’s account or investigate further to avoid future accidents.
Gather any documents you have so you can share them with an experienced attorney. You may have pictures of the damages to the car you were riding in, medical records, police reports, and more that are beneficial to share with your attorney when pursuing damages.
What Makes an Uber or Lyft Accident Different Than Other Car Accidents?
In a “regular” accident, you are up against the insurance companies of the other drivers involved in the accident. When you are in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you are up against their legal teams. Negotiations are not “regular” anymore, as you are dealing with million-dollar companies and their expert legal teams. Without significant experience dealing with these experts,it can leave you with far less than you deserve. Once you accept a settlement, you typically can’t go back and ask for more, making the negotiations crucial to the process of pursuing damages.
Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Held to the Same Standard as Cabs?
Yes and no. While there are specific legal standards that commercial and rideshare drivers adhere to in order to keep their jobs, there are differences as well.
In most situations, drivers of cabs or other public transportation options are required to undergo safety training and maintain the commercial vehicle. Rideshare drivers typically use their own personal cars and aren’t generally required to endure regular safety inspections or consistent safety training. This can lead to more accidents than commercial drivers.
Additionally, many rideshare drivers find it appealing to work with Uber or Lyft as a second job, meaning the likelihood of the driver being tired or distracted can be higher and therefore cause more accidents. They may even choose to take fares at odd hours, which can mean more money but a higher risk of being distracted or tired.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
Accidents involving Uber/Lyft or other rideshare companies can quickly become complex. As discussed above, a victim of an accident isn’t dealing with “regular” insurance companies, but rather experts explicitly trained to handle negotiations, with the best interest of their million-dollar companies at heart, rather than you and your injuries. An experienced attorney can provide a necessary peace of mind and invaluable guidance on what your options are and how to get back to life as you once knew it.
Contact our office at (608) 448-6242 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys and learn more about your options.