If you are a passenger who is involved in an Uber accident, you might instantly become disoriented, and don’t know how to act. But, when you are flustered, possibly injured, or otherwise distracted, you might not know how to act or what to do. So, the first step is to take a step back and breathe; once you gain your composure, you should take these steps in order to file a proper claim.
If you are injured, you need to seek out medical care and attention right away. If you can’t ‘make it to the ER, call the ambulance. Make sure everything is documented, and have them take driver information down, as well as the information at the scene of the accident. The documentation of accidents and the fact that you sought medical care right away, is critical to your claim.
Call the police –
Make sure you file a police report. No, you weren’t driving, but you were in the car and were injured or otherwise harmed. It is important to have the accident reported, and to have a fully written and documented police report made up.
Find out who was involved –
Similar to an accident you might be in as a driver, you need to gather information of all parties in the accident. Your Uber driver, the other cars and drivers, insurance information, and what actually happened. If the police is at the scene, this is the best possible manner in which to have things documented; otherwise, gathering and fact finding is a must, in order to avoid out of pocket expenses for your injuries or other expenses tied to the accident.
Find witnesses –
If possible witnesses were at the scene, collect that information. They can play a role in helping police determine who was at fault, and to lay out blame/culpability, to the drivers who were actually involved in the accident.
Avoid insurers –
You are going to get calls from insurance adjusters and companies trying to get you to discuss the accident – Do Not Speak to Them. Any information you give them can be used against you, and might limit any damages or monies you are owed, as a party to the accident you were involved in.
Call a lawyer –
Once your injuries are dealt with, medical care is provided, and everything else is in order, it is a good idea to speak to a lawyer. No, you weren’t the driver, but you were a party to an accident. This means you have certain legal rights. If you need information about your rights, or want to know what will happen next, you can find it here. Your lawyer will guide you and inform you of what is going to come.
You never know when an accident will occur. If you are a party to an accident, whether or not you have any blame or fault in that accident, these are a few of the steps you should take in order to preserve your rights, and ensure you receive damages/compensation owed to you after the fact.