What Should I Do If I am Involved in a Rideshare Accident?
Rideshare services, such as Lyft and Uber, are an immensely popular and convenient way to travel from place to place without the cost and hassle of maintaining your own car. But when most people suffer injuries in a rideshare accident, they don’t really know what to do after the crash and if they can pursue claims against the liable party.
Immediate Steps to Take After a Rideshare Accident
- Depending on your injuries, get medical assistance as soon as possible or call 911 or emergency services. Make sure to follow the treatment plan from your doctor.
- If possible, exchange insurance and contact details with everyone involved, get witness statements, and gather evidence from the accident site.
- Don’t speak to or contact the at-fault party’s insurance provider, claims adjusters, or lawyers before you have discussed your case with a New Jersey rideshare accident lawyer.
- Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t let the rideshare company’s insurance claims adjuster or lawyer manipulate or trick you into settling your claim for less than you truly deserve. Let your New Jersey rideshare accident lawyer handle all the discussions and negotiations with the other party.
Does My PIP Coverage Cover Rideshare Accidents?
Yes, your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage may cover losses you sustained in a rideshare accident. Under the New Jersey no-fault auto insurance system, if you suffered injuries resulting from the use, operation, or maintenance of a motor vehicle, you’re entitled to receive PIP benefits, regardless of fault for the rideshare crash.
PIP coverage in New Jersey has two parts. The first one is medical treatment coverage that covers treatment from doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers, as well as medical equipment an injured victim needs for treatment. The second part is reimbursement for qualified expenses the injured victim incurred because of their injuries, including lost income and the cost to hire other people for household tasks or childcare services. Take note that only the medical treatment PIP coverage is required for all drivers.
If your rideshare-accident losses and damages exceed the limit of your PIP benefits, you can then pursue a claim against the rideshare driver (who’s covered by the rideshare insurance provider) to recover more compensation. This personal injury claim will compensate you for damages beyond what your PIP benefits cover, including damages for reduced quality of life and pain and suffering, apart from economic damages like your medical bills, lost income, etc.
Consult with an Experienced New Jersey Rideshare Accident Lawyer Now
Did you or a loved one get hurt due to the negligent actions of a rideshare driver? Do not hesitate to get in touch with the Leonard Legal Group today. Our experienced New Jersey rideshare accident lawyer can hold that driver accountable for their actions and ensure that you recover damages that you have incurred due to the rideshare accident. You can set up your free case evaluation with our New Jersey rideshare accident lawyer by calling 973-984-1414 or sending us an online message.