The Uber and Lyft mobile apps have gotten a lot of tweaks and upgrades over the years. Today, you can do a lot more with them, like making an instant report in case an accident happens during your ride. You can easily file a report if you are a passenger or if you have the Uber or Lyft app installed on your phone. But what if you are not the passenger and you get into an accident involving an Uber or Lyft, and you don’t have the app either? In this post, we will talk about what you can do in these situations.
How Do I Report an Accident and File an Injury Claim with Uber?
If you have been involved in an accident involving Uber and wish to submit an insurance claim, you can start by filling out a form made specifically for this purpose.
1. General Information
In the first part of the form, you will have to provide some general information about yourself, including your name and contact details. You will also have to indicate whether you are notifying Uber of an accident, checking if the Uber driver is on the app, or following up on a claim that you have previously filed.
2. Information about the Driver and Vehicle
You have to get the Uber driver’s full name and contact details because these are required in the form. As much as possible, you should also get their license number and details of the Uber-registered vehicle, including the make and model, the VIN or license plate. This part is optional and you can still submit the form and report an accident without it, but it will be a huge help in processing if you can provide this information.
3. Provide Details about the Accident
In this part, you will have to enter pertinent details like the exact date, time and place where the accident had happened, as well as helpful landmarks. You will also need to describe the incident in as much detail as you can and answer a few yes or no questions about it.
4. Attach Files
You can attach up to 5 pictures, videos or other files of up to 20MB each that would support your claim.
5. Click on Submit
After filling out all the fields you can then click on Submit and
How Do I Report an Accident and File an Injury Claim with Lyft?
It is a little bit trickier trying to report an accident to Lyft without the app because they strongly encourage the use of their app for almost all functions. If there is an emergency, they encourage any involved individual to call 911. If you wish to file a report of a collision, Lyft advises getting in touch with their Claims Customer Care team by going to their website or calling their main phone number at (844) 250-2773. You can also follow this link to start filing a report on the accident.
Lyft does provide a form that you can fill out if you need to have a post Collision Inspection following an accident. You might need this if your vehicle has sustained damages due to the accident.
Should I Agree to a Settlement with an Insurance Company?
Shortly after getting into an accident that involves Uber or Lyft, it is very likely that insurance company representatives will get in touch with you to offer a settlement. By no means should you entertain these offers without the express advice of an attorney that is helping you with your claims. In fact, you should not even speak to any of these agents at all.
The objective of insurance companies is to pay as little as possible towards claims. When they start talking to you and asking you questions, they might sound compassionate and helpful but they are actually not. The truth is that these agents are recording everything you say and are looking for ways on how they can reduce their obligations to you in terms of damages. Even if you simply tell them how you were feeling at the time of the accident, they might be able to use this against you if the incident progresses into a lawsuit.
What Are the Benefits of Hiring an Attorney?
A lot of road accident victims choose to just accept whatever settlement is offered because they just don’t want to go through all the hassle. This is quite unfortunate because injury claims are worth so much more than what insurance companies offer. If you want to get the just compensation that you deserve for your troubles and your pain, you can hire a reputable lawyer to help you with the entire process without causing you any further stress.
Our Uber and Lyft lawyers have an excellent reputation for helping clients recover as much compensation as they possibly can, but that’s not all we can do. We have attorneys all over the country who are duly registered in their respective states and who have expertise in the particular ridesharing law in their state. We are very much aware of the particulars of the law, such as the statute of limitations, comparative fault, and so on. We guarantee to use all these legalities in your favor to ensure that you win your case and get the justice that you deserve.
If you are still on the fence about hiring a lawyer to help you with your Uber or Lyft accident claim, call us up for a free consultation. In fact, even if you hire us, you don’t have to pay anything unless we win the case, so there’s really nothing for you to lose. Just let us know when you are ready to fight for your rights because we will just be here waiting to fight for you.