All motorists have a responsibility on the road to pay attention, act prudently and maintain control of their vehicles. For those whose driving would be impaired because they have taken a substance or have been drinking, ride-sharing services (such as Uber or Lyft) offer a comfortable, convenient and, most importantly, safe method of arriving at their destination. Nonetheless, accidents with ride-sharing services are still possible. Follow the steps below to prepare yourself in the case of an accident involving a ride-sharing service.
If you are involved in a collision or a car accident involving a ride-sharing service, you should:
- Remain calm. If you need a minute to compose yourself, do so.
- Check others for signs of trauma or injuries.
- Ensure there are no other immediate hazards.
- Be mindful of crash debris, broken glass and regular traffic
- Alert other motorists of the accident scene.
- Once you have found a secure spot, call 9-1-1.
- Gather all the information you can (by writing notes, taking photos, etc.)
- Find witnesses to the accident (if any), approach them, ask them what they saw and take down their contact information.
- Call the personal injury lawyers at McNally Gervan of Ottawa to ensure that you have legal assistance.
Every ride with a Lyft or Uber car is insured. As you wait for the first responders to arrive, ensure everyone is safe and report the accident using your Lyft or Uber app. Check out the function on the app that enables you to report the accident. You can even find out what you should do in the case of a hit-and-run accident.
Traffic accidents can be life-altering and distressing. You need to know that you can navigate this challenging process and ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. If you have or someone you know has been in a traffic accident involving a ride-sharing service, such as Uber or Lyft, call the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at McNally Gervan at 613-238-1424. We will help you start your journey to peace of mind and recovery. Try our no-cost, no-obligation consultation to find out what we can do for you and how to ease the burden of what you have experienced. We are here to help.