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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Car Accident on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
What Should I Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident in Los Angeles?

The roadways in Los Angeles have always been congested and chaotic. Instead of relying on public transportation, more people have discovered the benefits of using rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft. With just the tape of a button on your smartphone, you can travel to any destination within a few minutes. But there are also risks. Unlike bus and taxi services, Uber and Lyft are not regulated by the city. Not all of these drivers are trained professionals. Many are simply average people looking to make some extra cash. But what happens if you are injured in an Uber Accident? First, you better contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney with experience in dealing with ridesharing accident cases.

Types of Ridesharing Services

Uber and Lyft drivers come from a variety of different backgrounds. However, there are three different types of categories of drivers. Choosing the right service can affect your rideshare accident case in Los Angeles.

  • Professional Drivers: Not all Uber and Lyft drivers are average people looking to make some extra income. Both services also employ premium services, consisting of highly-trained professional drivers. This premium service is typically more expensive. However, passengers can have greater peace of mind knowing their driver has undergone background checks. Premium Uber and Lyft services also have higher levels of liability insurance and require regular car inspections.
  • Non-Professional Drivers: Many people choose Uber and Lyft because of its convenience and relatively low costs compared to taxi services. By using a non-professional driver, customers can save more money.
  • Self-Operating Vehicles: Some rideshare services allow customers to be the driver. Among them are Zipcar and Divvy, a bicycle service.

What Should I Do After a Rideshare Car Accident?

A car accident can happen at any time. But what happens if you are injured in an accident while using Uber or Lyft? Here are some tips to remember.

  1. Seek immediate medical attention: Before contacting a car accident attorney, it is vital to get treatment for your injuries. By receiving immediate medical attention, accident victims are also able to properly document their injuries. Some people make the mistake of waiting too long to see a doctor. Even if your injuries appear to be minor, some injuries can manifest days or even weeks later. Getting a proper medical evaluation can help address these issues.
  2. Contact the police: One of the most important pieces of evidence from a car accident is a traffic collision report. Details from the report can help establish the amount of liability on the part of the at-fault driver.
  3. Gather Witnesses & Information: Make sure to get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses at the accident scene. Also ask the other driver involved in the accident to provide their name, number and insurance information.
  4. Silence is sometimes golden: Do not speak to any insurance adjusters about your injuries or specific details about your accident. Any comments can be used against the accident victim
  5. Contact a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney: An experienced and knowledgeable car accident attorney can help protect the rights of the victim and help accident victims recover the settlement needed to pay for their medical expenses, damages and lost wages.