Rideshare services like Uber have become a more popular transportation option in the Texas area as time has gone on. But with this rise in popularity comes a rise in accidents. Follow along to find out some statistics on Uber accidents and how a proficient Kaufman County, Texas car accident lawyer at Harrell & Paulson, LLP can help you through this situation.
What are some statistics on Uber accidents?
Notably, Uber shared a safety report for the years 2019 and 2020. Within those two years alone, they reported an estimated 101 fatalities in 91 fatal Uber accidents. And for the accidents that resulted in injuries, the most commonly reported injuries were brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, head and neck injuries, internal bleeding, and broken bones. In addition, the most frequent collisions involving an Uber included chain reaction crashes, T-Bone crashes, side collisions, rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, hit-and-runs, and slamming into objects.
With all that being said, these statistics do not even account for that of other rideshare companies, like Lyft.
What should I do if I am involved in a rideshare accident?
It is an unfortunate case that, in an effort to stay safe by using a rideshare service, you were still involved in an accident. And if you incurred serious injuries and damages that you need help recuperating from, then you may turn to an insurance claim.
However, this is where things get a little tricky. This is because Uber claims their drivers to be independent contractors. And they may even claim that your driver was not working for Uber at the time of your accident. This is all to drive you to deal with the driver’s personal insurance company. Evidently, you may receive a significantly smaller award from the personal insurance company than through Uber.
For these reasons, you may want to consider taking legal action via a personal injury claim. For your claim, you must take certain actions while still at the scene of your rideshare accident. Such actions read as follows:
- Call law enforcement to the scene and have them conduct an official accident report.
- Take photos and videos of your personal injuries, the cars involved and their damages, and the overall scene of the accident.
- Collect the contact information of your Uber driver and all other drivers involved.
- Collect the contact information of present witnesses that may provide testimony later on.
- Allow the paramedics and EMTs at the scene to treat you and transport you to the emergency room.
- Ask for a copy of your doctor’s note and other medical documents at the emergency room.
A talented Kaufman, Texas personal injury attorney at Harrell & Paulson, LLP is here whenever you are ready to initiate your claim. Simply contact our firm at your earliest possible convenience.