Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services must carry $1 million in liability insurance under Utah law in case an Uber driver gets into an accident. Understanding your rights and how to file an Uber accident report in Utah is crucial if you have been in a car accident with an Uber driver.
When you file an Uber injury claim, you will need strong evidence, medical records, and witness statements to ensure that your injury claim is successful.
Seek Medical Attention
If you sustained severe physical injuries, you can call the local law enforcement authorities to ask for an officer and emergency services. You must schedule a consultation with your physician even if you have not sustained any visible injuries.
Concussions usually do not show up immediately and can occur without direct head trauma. As a result, you may not know you sustained a brain injury until symptoms such as cognitive delays and noise sensitivity emerge.
The doctor can examine you and order diagnostic tests such as MRIs and CT scans to determine if you have internal injuries. Then, they’ll create a treatment plan that includes medications, surgery, and physical therapy. The paperwork for these tests and treatments can prove you suffered injuries due to your accident.
Speak with the Police
The police will prepare a police report detailing the location of the vehicles, all the drivers’ contact and insurance information, and a narrative of the accident. Remember to tell a consistent story as you recount the crash with the officer. Avoid apologizing or blaming yourself. The police report can help the insurance company determine damages if the accident statement corresponds to the facts of the crash.
Get Information from the Uber Driver
Filing your claim requires obtaining all the Uber driver’s information. This information must include the following:
- Names and contact information
- Vehicle registrations and driver’s license number
- Insurance details
- The vehicle’s make, color, and model
Collect Witnesses’ Contact Information
If anyone witnessed your accident and pulled over for assistance, you may ask them for their contact information. Consider asking the witness if you can record their account of the accident on your cell phone. Their statement should contain these key points:
- Witness’s position at the time of the accident
- Location of the vehicles before, during, and after the crash
- Description of how the accident occurred
- Any unusual sounds from any of the vehicles
Take Photos and Videos of the Accident Site
Photos and videos of the accident site and vehicle damage are crucial evidence for claiming compensation. Documenting a car accident scene involves some key elements:
- Vehicle damage, including interior damage such as a cracked windshield
- Roadway debris from broken glass and vehicle parts
- Traffic lights and road signs, such as stop signs and speed limits
- Skid marks indicating the Uber driver was speeding over the posted speed limit
Make sure you take photos from various angles, wide shots, and close-ups. Take pictures of other vehicles involved in the accident as well.
Contact Uber to File an Insurance Claim
Third parties involved in an accident with an Uber driver can complete a third-party incident notice with Uber. The form includes filling in your contact information and accident details to notify the rideshare company of the crash.
You can also use the notice to find the driver’s status at the time of the accident. An Uber driver’s insurance coverage depends on whether they were logged into the app or accepted a ride request. If the driver wasn’t using Uber’s app when the accident occurred, you might need to file a claim against the driver’s insurance policy.
Obtain Legal Representation for Your Uber Accident Claim
Uber’s insurance provider or legal team may contact you to ask if they can record your statement or offer a lowball settlement. Before you settle your claim, speak with an Uber car accident attorney at Great West Injury Law, who can explain your legal options and the types of compensation you may receive.
Your attorney can navigate Uber’s legal process and represent your legal interests in negotiations. Their experience with Uber accidents can help you learn how to build a case to prove your injury and its impact on your daily life.
Call an Experienced Uber Accident Attorney to Discuss Your Case
The Uber accident lawyers at Great West Law can handle all discussions with the insurance providers. You can count on us to maximize your compensation and hold all responsible parties accountable for your injuries.
Contact us today to schedule a free case review.