If you suffer an accident as an Uber rider, your compensation path might differ from other accident victims. However, you will still get the compensation you deserve if you know what to do. Below are some tips to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Understand that Multiple Factors Determine Compensation Source
Those who get into accidents with Uber drivers usually wonder whether to file compensation claims against the driver or Uber company. After all, Uber is a big company in a better position to compensate for auto accident damages than individual drivers.
Well, compensation depends on:
- The accident's cause and the liable party
- State laws
- Uber policy
Assuming a third party is not responsible for the crash, Uber may compensate you for your damages if their driver is at fault. In such a case, Uber's compensation limit depends on what the driver was doing at the time of the accident. For example, a higher limit applies to a driver with a passenger and a lower limit to a driver waiting for passengers.
Report the Accident to Uber
Ordinarily, you should report an accident to your auto insurance company and the police. The reports will confirm the accident's occurrence, prove adherence to state law and insurance regulations, and establish a chain of evidence.
Uber company should also receive the report if the accident involves their driver. Your report will help Uber investigate the accident while the evidence is still fresh. The investigation increases your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.
Handle It Like Any Other Accident
In addition to the above tips, you should handle your Uber accident just like any other accident. That means you should get medical care as soon as possible. Prompt medical care will help doctors diagnose your condition and administer the necessary treatment before complications ensue. That way, you also mitigate your damages, as the law requires.
Secondly, you need to preserve all forms of evidence. For example, you should take pictures of the accident scene, injuries, and damages. Help the police generate their report, for example, by staying on the accident scene (unless you need emergency medical care) until the authorities arrive. Get prospective eyewitness contacts, too; they may help you with testimony.
Identifying the right defendant, gathering and preserving evidence, and following the right channels are some basic tips for pursuing auto accident compensation. These tips also apply to Uber accident claims. Contact a firm such as Borbi, Clancy & Patrizi, LLC to help you with your claim.Share