Have You Been Injured In A Ride-Sharing Accident?

Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in California. However, ride-sharing is still a young and somewhat unregulated industry. While Uber and Lyft claim that they offer clients $1 million liability insurance in case of an accident, their insurance companies are in no hurry to pay. If they can find a way to deny an accident victim coverage, they will.

A driver's own policy may be inadequate to cover a victim's bills or specifically exclude accidents that involve ride-sharing. In addition, if an accident involves another vehicle, that driver's insurance company may be involved in the claims process. That only further complicates things for the victims.

The victims of ride-sharing accidents often have no idea how to wade through the insurance quagmire that waits on them. At Westrup & Associates, our attorneys know how to guide you through this confusing process.

What Should You Do Immediately Following A Ride-Sharing Accident?

If you are in an accident while ride-sharing, take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Call the police. Do not let the driver talk you out of it.
  • Seek emergency treatment for any injuries. Even if you do not think an injury is serious, go to a hospital and let a doctor evaluate you.
  • If possible, have someone snap photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage and any debris in the street.
  • Write down your recollection of events as soon as possible to prevent details from being lost with time as your memory fades.
  • Do not talk to an insurance company representative without consulting an attorney.

Keep in mind that even the friendliest insurance adjuster is still a company representative. The adjuster's primary goal is to protect the insurance company's financial interests. You need a lawyer to protect your financial interests.

Call us at Westrup & Associates at 877-258-2934 or contact us online. Located in Long Beach, we offer free initial consultations for personal injury claims. We stop insurance companies from bullying victims.