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  • Writer's pictureMeg Croney-Clark

Injured in an Accident While Riding in an Uber or Ride-hailing Service?

Ubers and ride-hailing services have become the norm for people worldwide. They are a convenient way to get around when it’s not feasible to drive. Uber, a major ride-hailing company, has more than 3.8 million drivers world-wide, with over 3.1 million trips per day in the United States alone. Uber and Lyft together dominate 99% of the market. These companies are both worth around $61 billion.

Riding in any vehicle comes with the risk of experiencing an accident. As ride sharing services increase in popularity, there are more accidents than ever before. If you are involved in an accident, Scott & Wallace is here to guide you through the steps that you should take.

Is it safe to use a ride-hailing service like Uber?

There are always risks associated with getting into a vehicle. Accidents happen everyday. Uber and Lyft have many rules for their drivers in order to keep everyone in the vehicle safe. Driving drowsy can be extremely dangerous, for example. These companies have rules for the amount of time their drivers are allowed to continuously work behind the wheel. Once that time limit has exceeded, with Uber for example, the driver cannot operate the vehicle for a minimum of 6 hours in order to get proper rest. There are many other rules that these drivers must agree to and then follow in order to stay employed by these ride-hailing services.

At the scene of the accident

When involved in an accident while riding with a ride-hailing service, it is important to make sure the police are called to the scene. A police report is an incredibly helpful way to document the accident, and importantly, the occupants involved. As you can imagine, many times friends share rides so there can be more than one occupant.

Were you injured?

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to be seen by a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Any type of injury could lead to long-term or lifetime medical issues. Without a valid medical record of these injuries being diagnosed by a licensed healthcare provider, it is impossible for the insurance companies to provide the victim with proper compensation.

Should I contact an attorney?

If you have been injured while riding in a ride-hailing service, it is important to hire an attorney. Why? Since there are so many different parties involved in this type of accident, it is crucial that you are properly informed of the legal steps that you need to take, including the information and paperwork required to help you.

If you or a family member have suffered a car or auto accident in North Florida or Southwest Georgia, contact Scott & Wallace immediately for a free consultation. You may be entitled to pain and suffering damages, compensation for past and future medical costs, and lost wages. It is always free to talk to us. There are no fees or costs unless we win your case.

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