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READ THIS before You Use a Rideshare Company – Insights from an Austin Personal-Injury Lawyer

By Luke Dow on February 16, 2016

Thanks to their low cost and convenience, rideshare companies have revolutionized public transportation. In fact, Uber is available in at least 60 countries and 300 cities around the world.

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What happens, though, if you suffer an injury in a crash with an Uber driver? What steps should you take?

Like any car accident, your top priority is to seek medical attention. As soon as you are able, call a personal-injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.

If you were injured in a rideshare accident, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Luke Dow is an Austin injury lawyer who can handle the legal side of your claim so you can focus on recovery.

Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit http://accident.usattorneys.com/texas to learn more about car accident claims in Texas.

Here are five steps to follow if you are in a crash with an Uber vehicle:

  1. Contact the Police
Contacting law enforcement is especially important if someone suffered an injury, or if there was significant property damage. The police will notify emergency medical responders and compile a report of the incident.

Your injury lawyer may be able to use that report to support your claim. It will contain details about the cause of the accident, which can help your attorney prove liability. According to the Texas Department of Transport, if police do not attend the scene and there is serious property damage, injuries or a fatality, you must file a CR-2 form.

  1. Collect the Contact Details of Drivers and Witnesses
Record the contact details of everyone at the scene including all drivers and witnesses. Write down the drivers’ full names, phone numbers and addresses. Take photos of their registrations and license plates.

If the insurance company or at-fault driver denies liability, then witness testimonies may support your claim. Be sure to record their contact information and give it to your personal-injury lawyer.

  1. Record the Driver’s Insurance Details
All Uber drivers should have comprehensive insurance. You will need the driver’s insurance information to make your claim.

The driver can access this information on the Uber driver’s app. It appears below the waybill. You can also obtain this information from Uber after the crash.

  1. Take Photographs
Photographs of the accident scene can help you remember how the events unfolded. They may also help your attorney prove liability and negligence.

Take wide shots to show the positions of cars at the scene. Also, take close-up pictures of injuries and property damage.

  1. Contact an Injury Lawyer
A personal-injury lawyer can structure your claim, gather evidence and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. If you settle for an amount that does not cover your future medical expenses, then you may wind up in debt and have to file bankruptcy. An attorney may be able to help you avoid this mistake.

If you were injured in a car accident with a negligent driver, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Austin injury lawyer Luke Dow can help you navigate the claims process. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

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