Using rideshare services like Uber or Lyft allows you to travel without using public transportation or your own vehicle. While these apps provide accessibility and convenience, you may still be in danger of suffering an injury in an accident.
Uber and Lyft drivers do not need to take a special driving test or undergo heightened screening; to become a driver they just need a license, proof of residency, registration, and insurance. If you suffer injuries in an accident at the hands of a rideshare driver, you have the ability to seek compensation for your damages. In order to prove the other person’s fault, you will need to obtain the proper evidence for your claim.
An essential part of developing your rideshare claim is obtaining and providing thorough evidence demonstrating the other individual’s fault. Whether the person responsible may have been your driver or another rideshare driver, you will need to provide information and documentation to establish their negligence as the cause of the collision.
Consider the following types of evidence that may create a strong rideshare accident claim:
At the location of the accident, you will want to document as much information as possible. Tire marks, vehicle damage, the surrounding area, and other vital information will play a prominent role in helping determine who is responsible for the accident. The information you collect at the accident scene may also provide more clues for your lawyer when they gather other pieces of information, such as surveillance footage.
When you suffer severe injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident, it is important that you immediately seek medical attention. This will later help you and your lawyer demonstrate that your injuries were the result of the collision. It will also be necessary to gather medical records, prescription documents and other information that provides insight into your losses.
Among the most influential pieces of evidence in a rideshare accident case are eyewitness statements. When you have someone unrelated to any of the individuals in the accident make a statement, their words carry a lot of weight and may significantly benefit your claim.
Having a video of the accident is extremely beneficial to your claim. With new technological advancements, many individuals are investing in dashboard cameras to take all of the guesswork out of determining fault for a car accident. Further, some cars now include video cameras as a standard accessory. Financial Documents
Some individuals suffer long-term disabilities as a result of a Uber or Lyft accident. If you lose wages or income due to your accident injuries, you have the right to seek compensation for those losses. Keeping bills, employment records and other charges you incur will help determine how much your injuries cost you and the amount of compensation you deserve.
When you have knowledgeable legal representation from an experienced lawyer, you will have the tools to obtain the best possible outcome for your claim. The sooner you speak with your lawyer, the more time they will have to start investigating your claim and gathering evidence.
Not everyone may be able to gather evidence after a severe rideshare accident. Your injuries may limit your ability to collect information. However, with an experienced Lever & Ecker, PLLC rideshare lawyer, you will have someone on your side to act in your stead. Our 60+ years of combined experience advocating for New Yorkers’ rights will provide our clients with tailored legal services specific to their needs. We understand your challenges during this difficult time and will provide you with the best possible settlement for your claim.