Uber and other rideshare companies have revolutionized travel. Gone are the days when public transit or taxicabs were the only options for people who wanted to avoid driving themselves from place to place. Now, people can use Uber or other ridesharing services in order to get around town, whether as part of their daily commute or as an inexpensive way to get home after a night out. However, although Uber screens their drivers before allowing them to represent their company, even people with untarnished driving records can still end up in a car accident, leaving them and their passengers suffering from painful, debilitating injuries. If you were hurt in an Uber accident and want to learn more about your legal rights as an accident victim, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today for a free case assessment.
Many hazards are faced by Uber users
Car accidents are far from the only danger rideshare users face when calling for an Uber. The Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association runs the Who’s Driving You? website, which provides a detailed list of ridesharing-related incidents that have made media headlines between the inception of these companies and the latter half of 2018. According to their list of incidents, at least 52 deaths have been attributed to Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare services—and not all of these were due to fatal car accidents. A number of homicides committed by rideshare drivers contributed to this figure, as well. Nearly 400 sexual assaults were reported during this time also, and more than 100 incidents of physical assault have been reported by rideshare customers.
What to do if you are hurt in an Uber accident
If you are injured in an Uber accident, here is what to do:
- Seek medical attention. Get medical treatment from a trained healthcare professional, even if you think your injuries are not all that bad. Some injuries, like soft-tissue injuries (also called “whiplash”), can seem painless at first but can leave victims in excruciating pain as time goes by.
- Document everything. Get contact information of any witnesses to the crash and the name and driver’s license number of the Uber driver if you are able to. Start a file containing this information as well as photos of your injuries, copies of any medical bills from accident-related injury treatment, and if you were too hurt to work while recovering from injuries, include copies of pay stubs to prove lost wages, as well.
- Consult with a lawyer. Contact one of our skilled personal injury attorneys for a free consultation so you can learn what steps to take to initiate legal action in pursuit of the recovery of monetary damages in court.
Drexel Hill Uber accident attorneys
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are personal injury specialists, and we want to help Uber accident victims be made whole after being hurt while using a ridesharing service. We can be your legal advocates and assist you with recovering damages after suffering a personal injury. Contact us for a free consultation today if you need an Uber accident lawyer.