A few years ago it would be absolutely impossible to believe that a commonplace activity would be to contact a stranger and hop in their car so that they could take you to work or a restaurant. However, with the introduction of ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, most people in the United States are very familiar with this alternative to taxi cabs that they can summon through an app on their phone.
Unfortunately, the addition of all of these ridesharing vehicles on the roadways in the United States has resulted in additional accidents. While the actual number of accidents related to ridesharing vehicles remain a tightly-held secret by ridesharing companies, more accidents have occurred as a result of more vehicles operating on the roadways.
If you suffered any kind of injury or loss as a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle, you have the right to learn how you may receive compensation and justice. Learn how a Daytona Beach ridesharing accident lawyer at, can help you with your case. Call (800) 598-7557.
Ridesharing and the Connection to Fatal Accidents
Many people make the smart decision to hire a ridesharing vehicle after a night of drinking alcohol to avoid drinking and driving on the roadways. University of Chicago research shows that accidents involving intoxication have decreased as a result of ridesharing in the United States.
However, the number of actual fatalities on the roadways increased due to car accidents by 3% since the inception of ridesharing companies infusing additional vehicles on the roadways since 2011. Researchers believe that the introduction of these additional vehicles on the road as a result of ridesharing companies contributed to the increase in fatalities in car accidents.
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Car Accidents and Ridesharing Vehicles
Car accidents can happen on the roadways to any vehicle. The same types of accidents happen to ridesharing and non-ridesharing vehicles alike. Many passengers in a ridesharing vehicle remain confused following a ridesharing accident about what their legal rights and responsibilities are.
Gathering Information After Your Ridesharing Accident
Consider the following if you suffered injuries or losses as a result of a car accident in a ridesharing vehicle. You should always attempt to obtain:
- The rideshare driver’s contact information
- The company he or she works for
- Their driver’s license number
- Ridesharing vehicle number or identification number
- License plate number
If you failed to get this at the scene of the accident, simply call the ridesharing company now and ask for this information. If you still have the information saved on your phone, they should have the ability to look the information up in their system.
You should obtain the contact information of all drivers and witnesses that saw the accident. If you failed to get this information at the scene of the accident, then look to obtain an official police report. This police officer at the scene of the ridesharing accident should have included all of this information.
Seek Medical Attention
Perhaps you went by ambulance to the emergency room or received a medical evaluation shortly after your accident. Make sure to keep all the documentation regarding all of your medical bills. If you did not receive an immediate medical evaluation, you should see a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Many injuries that victims suffer in car accidents do not present immediate symptoms, yet are serious or even life-threatening. If you have not already done so, make an appointment with your medical provider today. Additionally, if you already visited a medical professional, make sure that you continue to monitor your symptoms. If your symptoms worsen, or you develop any new symptoms, make sure to schedule an appointment to revisit your medical professional as soon as possible or visit an emergency room depending on the severity of your symptoms.
A Daytona Beach ridesharing accident lawyer can prove that your injuries are linked to your accident. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC to learn more.
Contact Your Employer
Contact your employer and visit with them about how you can obtain documents regarding the salary or wages you will miss as a result of your injuries (and the inability to return to the workplace). Along with any lost wages, have your employer provide you with information regarding:
- The sick or vacation leave you take
- Any missed bonuses
- Training opportunities
- Potential promotions
- Employee benefits missed
- Lost pension contributions
All of these financial and monetary losses are possibly recoverable through a settlement or lawsuit following your ridesharing accident.
While you were in someone else’s vehicle, you may still have property damage as a result of the ridesharing accident. If the car accident was in any way serious, some of your property may have received damage. Make sure to keep receipts, if you need to repair or replace any of your belongings. If you were the driver of another vehicle that was in a car accident with a ridesharing vehicle, you may have suffered property damage to your vehicle.
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Ridesharing Companies and Legal Claims
Every ridesharing company operates differently. However, if you suffered injuries or losses as a result of a ridesharing accident, you may have the legal right to file a claim against the ridesharing company. If you were in another vehicle that was hit by a ridesharing vehicle, you will also need to speak with the ridesharing company’s representative in order to determine how best to proceed with your claim.
Every ridesharing company handles insurance differently. Some companies have drivers handle their own individual insurance, while others, such as Uber, have policies that provide direct coverage for drivers. Filing a claim with a ridesharing company (or company’s policy) can provide challenging and legally difficult.
Consider visiting with our legal team to learn how Ben Crump Law, PLLC can protect your legal rights.
Consider How a Daytona Beach Ridesharing Accident Lawyer Can Help You
If you suffered injuries or losses—either as a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle or as a driver in another car—consider speaking with our legal team to learn how Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 598-7557 can help you with your case.