Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are a great way of getting from one place to another in a safe manner. Many often turn to ridesharing services when they have had a few drinks and smartly wish to refrain from driving. But what happens when you get in a ridesharing vehicle only to find that your driver is operating the car in an erratic nature or smells of alcohol? What should you do?
It’s important that ridesharing passengers understand their rights. As a ridesharing passenger, you always have the right to tell your driver that you want to end the ride at any time – regardless of whether or not you feel unsafe, but especially if so. The driver can pull over to a safe spot such as a gas station. But if the driver refuses to pull over, you should call 9-1-1 right away in order to report what is happening.
If a rideshare driver gets into an accident due to him or her driving drunk, it can be extremely serious. Like the thousands of other crashes that occur annually, an accident resulting from a drunken rideshare driver can result in serious injury or even death. Since it is such a serious situation, it is important to know what to do if you find yourself injured in a rideshare accident.
What to Do After a Rideshare Accident
The very first thing that you should do if you end up in a rideshare accident is to seek medical attention. It is also important thereafter to capture any relevant evidence by taking photos and video of the scene of the accident, gathering information of any witnesses (name, telephone number, address, etc.). When available it can be very helpful to obtain a copy of the police report and the police record proving that the driver was intoxicated when the crash occurred.
Since rideshare drivers are considered to be independent contractors of the rideshare company, each driver is responsible for maintaining his or her own auto insurance. However, the rideshare company also has its own insurance. Therefore if you are involved in an accident due to a drunken rideshare driver, you may end up filing a claim against the driver’s insurance as well as the rideshare company’s insurance.
Since insurance companies often do everything in their power to reduce or eliminate payments, it is often a great idea to consult with a qualified car accident attorney who has experience working with insurance companies who bully and/or procrastinate.
The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Ridesharing Accident
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. You may be entitled to damages for things such as medical costs, lost wages, and emotional distress.
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati Personal Injury attorneys have a long history of dealing with auto accidents and have helped our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!