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Do You Have an Uber or Lyft Accident Case?


Being injured in an Uber or Lyft car accident in Michigan is a very psychologically and physiologically-jolting experience, especially when you entrusted your safety and protection to Uber or Lyft for getting you from pickup to destination or you are a rideshare partner/driver who offered your services and were hurt through no fault of your own.

Uber and Lyft car accidents in Michigan are much more common than you may think, especially with the surge of tourism in Detroit. With your adrenaline running at an all-time high after an auto accident, there are several things to keep in mind if you are ever in an Uber or Lyft car accident in Michigan.

 

 

1. If the Uber or Lyft car is in an unsafe location, get it in a position of safety.

Brake your vehicle. If you’re the Uber or Lyft driver, even if your car has suffered functional damage as a result of the car accident, if you are in the line of traffic, attempt to maneuver the car out of the way of traffic to avoid another car accident. Activate your cars’ hazard lights and utilize any other emergency tools you have. Your and your Uber/Lyft passengers’ safety is your main concern. If you are a passenger in the Uber or Lyft car, advise your Uber or Lyft driver accordingly.

2. Call for Medical Assistance if Someone is Hurt in the Uber or Lyft car.

If you are a Uber or Lyft passenger, check on your Uber or Lyft driver to ascertain whether her or she has suffered an injury. Vice-versa, if you are an Uber or Lyft driver, check on your Uber or Lyft passenger(s) to determine if they have been hurt after the accident. If someone has been injured, immediately call 911 for emergency medical assistance. Even if someone has not been injured, it is advisable to call for a responding police officer to document the facts of the Uber or Lyft accident to make a property or injury claim with your insurance company.

3. Call the Police.

A police report will prove to be the foundation of your personal injury case. Our Michigan Uber / Lyft personal injury attorneys will request a copy of your report to determine whether there were witnesses, other vehicles, or pedestrians, etc. on scene at the Uber / Lyft automobile accident. The responding police officer’s report will include whether any citations were given, which is determinative of fault in your auto accident.

4. Assuming You Are Not Injured, Begin Collecting Electronic Data/Evidence.

If you are an Uber or Lyft driver, screenshot all information in the mobile interface regarding that ride. Also screenshot the passenger(s) that you matched with for that ride. It will be extremely important to prove that you had a passenger(s) in the car at the time of the accident. If you are an Uber or Lyft passenger, do the same: screenshot all information in the Uber or Lyft app regarding the particular ride for insurance purposes. Take photographs of the cars involved in the Uber / Lyft accident as well as the immediate intersection or road where the accident took place.


5. Assuming You Are Not Injured, Also Begin Collecting Physical Evidence.

Retrieve the names, phone numbers, addresses, drivers’ license information, and all insurance information (take photos) of all drivers involved in the Uber / Lyft accident. Additionally, get the names and numbers of all passengers involved in the Uber or Lyft accident to potentially serve as a witness in your Michigan Uber or Lyft lawsuit. Pursuant to Michigan’s No-Fault Law, you will need to ascertain the identity of the at-fault party’s automobile insurer as it relates to No-Fault benefits per Michigan’s Order of Priority. This is just one of the reasons why you will need to know the parties involved, especially when multiple parties may be trying to exhaust Uber or Lyft’s insurance money that is available for your injury.

6. Car Accident Etiquette.

Remember, no matter what, to exercise cooperation and politeness. It is best not to apologize because that can be used as an admission of fault in a legal case. Immediately following an accident, it may be difficult to determine fault or who was primarily at-fault so don’t put yourself in a bad legal position.

7. Get Witness Reports.

Try to get the name, addresses, and phone numbers of any bystanders that may have witnesses the Uber or Lyft Accident.

8. Gather Witness Reports.

Remember, no matter what, to exercise cooperation and politeness. It is best not to apologize because that can be used as an admission of fault in a legal case. Immediately following an accident, it may be difficult to determine fault or who was primarily at-fault so don’t put yourself in a bad legal position.

9. Report the Accident to Uber or Lyft In the App Interface

Alert Uber or Lyft that an accident has taken place in the mobile app. Do not offer too many facts, because if one of the details is not correct, it may work against you in your auto accident case.

10. Consider Hiring a Michigan Uber or Lyft Accident Lawyer.

Be weary of early settlement offers by Uber’s insurance company in Michigan, currently All-state Insurance Company. Ensure that all of your injuries have been accounted for. Speak to a ride-share attorney before signing any settlement documents. It is a rideshare attorney’s job to ensure that you receive the maximum recovery for your PIP (Personal Injury Protection benefits under Michigan No-Fault Law) and your Third-Party Claim for damages including pain and suffering injuries sustained resulting from the Uber or Lyft accident.

Here at The Uber Lawyer, we focus on Uber and Lyft Accident claims around the country, including in Michigan, including Detroit, Ferndale, Royal Oak, Southfield, Novi, East Lansing, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor. Don’t settle with a normal “car accident lawyer” who may not know the laws pertaining to ridesharing in Michigan; call our law firm in Birmingham, Michigan to determine if you have a case today.


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References

  1. After a Car Accident: First Steps. Find Law. <https://injury.findlaw.com/car-accidents/after-a-car-accident-first-steps.html&gt;
  2. What If My Car Accident Injuries Don’t Show Up Right AwayNOLO. <https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-if-my-accident-injuries-dont-show-up-right-away.html&gt;