What should I do if I am involved in a rideshare accident?
Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, have become increasingly popular in California. These services offer a convenient and affordable way to travel, but they can also be dangerous.
If you are involved in a rideshare accident in California, it is essential to know what to do.
Rideshare accidents can occur for several reasons, including:
- Driver error: The rideshare driver can make a mistake, such as distracted or reckless driving.
- Passenger error: The carpool passenger may make a mistake, such as distracting the driver or not wearing a seat belt.
- Adverse weather conditions: Adverse weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can increase the risk of accidents.
What do I do if I am involved in a rideshare accident?
If you are involved in a rideshare accident in California, it is crucial that you follow these steps:
- Stop in a safe place: If possible, stop your vehicle in a safe place off the road. If you cannot stop in a safe place, stop the vehicle as close to the edge of the road as possible.
- Check for injuries: If there are injuries, call 911 immediately.
- Exchange information with the other driver: include your name, address, insurance number, and driver’s license number.
- Take photos of the accident: Take photos from various angles. This can help support your claim.
- Report the accident to the police: Report the accident to the police, even if there are no injuries.
If you are a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, you can take steps to reduce the risk of an accident:
- Be a responsible passenger: Put on your seat belt, do not distract the driver, and do not stand up or move during the ride.
- Report any problems: If you see the driver driving recklessly or if there is any problem with the vehicle, report it to the rideshare company.
Carpool accidents can be dangerous, but there are steps you can take to protect your rights. By taking these steps, you can help keep yourself safe while traveling in a rideshare vehicle. You can also speak to the GB Legal team to find out more about your rights.