If you have been injured in an accident involving an Uber vehicle, you’ll want to report the accident to Uber. No specific form is used or required. If you were injured as a passenger, you can report the accident on the “rate your ride” feature on the Uber app. Notice should be given as soon as possible.
You’ll want to contact us as well – read on…
When You’re Not a Passenger
You might have been the driver of another vehicle who was in an accident that was caused by an Uber vehicle. You should still report the accident to the company as soon as possible, but give Uber only what it needs to know. That would include your contact information, the driver’s contact information and the date, time and location of the accident. That’s all Uber needs to know in order to get started. Don’t give any other facts. The same applies if you were a bicyclist or a pedestrian.
Report the Accident to 911 Immediately
You’ll also want to notify police and paramedics of the accident immediately. Don’t get talked out of doing so by your Uber driver or anybody else involved in the accident. If you fail to report your accident to police, your personal injury claim won’t even get to first base. You were injured in a motor vehicle accident, so you have every right to report that accident. Call 911 and ask that police and paramedics be sent to the scene. The investigating police officer will complete a report of his or her investigation, and the paramedics will treat you at the scene and transport you to an emergency room where your injuries will be further evaluated and documented.
The Driver’s Report
One of the reasons why we encourage you to report the accident to police is because you don’t know if the Uber driver is going to report the accident to Uber, especially if it only involves the Uber car and no other vehicles. If the driver fails to do so, you’ve already reported the crash to the police, and a report will be available in a few days.
If we’re retained to represent you for the injuries that you suffered in your Uber accident, one of our Los Angeles Uber accident lawyers can report the accident to Uber for you. You must act quickly though. We’ll give the company the information that it needs in order to refer the claim to its insurer, and the insurer will then contact our offices directly. You need only follow your medical treatment instructions and try to reach maximum medical improvement while we process your claim.
Don’t Give a Statement
At this point in time, James River Insurance Company services Uber vehicles in California. Expect to hear from that insurer a few days after the accident. The insurance adjuster who contacts you might sound friendly and nice enough, but remember that his or her job is to pay as little as possible or even nothing on claims. That adjuster will probably ask you to provide a recorded statement about the accident. California law doesn’t require you to give such a statement, and we don’t recommend that you give one. Your own words from that statement might be used against you in the future to attack your credibility and devalue your claim. If you’ve already retained us, refer that insurer to our offices. If you haven’t yet retained us, contact us, and we’ll arrange for a free consultation and case review.
Contact a Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer
You don’t need to bring a penny with you to retain us as your Los Angeles Uber accident lawyers. That’s because we take these types of cases on a contingency fee basis. No legal fees are even due unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. Take control of your personal injury accident claim right away after being injured in any Uber accident by contacting our offices.