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Rideshare crashes: What riders should know

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2024 | Car Accidents

Taking an Uber or Lyft is an excellent way for residents and visitors to get around the New Orleans area. Passengers don’t have to worry about traffic or parking. Yet, while many rideshare trips finish without any incidents, there are times when these are involved in crashes.

Being involved in a wreck when you’re a rider in a rideshare vehicle tends to inspire some specific challenges and considerations.

Rideshare companies carry insurance

Rideshare companies carry insurance that goes into effect when you get into a rideshare vehicle. It ends when you arrive at your destination and leave the vehicle. You should report the incident to the company if you’re involved in a crash while on the road, although you may want to seek legal guidance first.

Keep detailed records of everything you can about the crash. Some information to gather, if possible, includes:

  • Driver’s name, license plate number and vehicle type
  • Any witness information
  • Detailed account of what happened
  • Photos of the scene if it’s safe to get them
  • Data from the claim with the company

Seeking a medical evaluation after a wreck is always a good idea, even if you don’t think you’ve suffered an injury. Symptoms may not be immediately apparent and a record of this tie between the wreck and the rideshare trip is beneficial if you need to make a legal claim.

Because rideshare crashes are such a new area of personal injury law, you should strongly consider working with someone who understands these matters. An experienced legal professional should be able to keep up with new precedents, so you have the best chance of getting your due compensation. Louisiana’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is only one year, so you must file your claim quickly.