Cab drivers in Illinois don’t have a high reputation for providing amazing service. Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, attempted to break this stigma by offering passengers the chance to review their driver.
But, what happens when your service is so bad that someone gets hurt? Here are a few things you can do if your Uber gets into an accident.
Leaving a bad review
For Uber drivers, any rating less than 5 stars can jeopardize the driver’s ability to continue working for the company. If you believe your driver is at fault for an accident and you did not suffer any injuries, a low rating may be appropriate.
However, any time you are in an accident it’s best to take photos of the scene, collect insurance information from the drivers involved, gather contact information from witnesses and seek medical attention. This evidence will be useful if you suffer a delayed injury later on.
Seeking damages for an injury
Passengers who are injured in an accident have the right to seek compensation for medical expenses. It can, however, be challenging to determine who is responsible for paying damages.
Unlike a regular car accident, it’s unlikely that the passenger themselves will carry any fault for causing the accident. This is good news because driver’s who are responsible for more than half of the reasons why the accident occurred cannot recover damage costs in Illinois.
If you believe that your Uber driver is at fault for an accident you are involved in, someone should pay. Uber and Lyft have one-million-dollar insurance coverage policies that would theoretically cover most any damages in an accident and prevent legal action. However, the policy does not cover Uber and Lyft drivers, as these workers are considered contractors, not permanent employees.
Yet, some circumstances may warrant suing the ride-sharing company. For example, if an Uber driver had been a repeat drinking and driving offender before being hired by Uber, you may be able to sue the company for negligence if your driver was drunk during the accident.
If you choose to sue the individual driver, it’s important to collect his or her personal insurance information at the scene. You will have to prove the driver’s fault for the accident in order to receive compensation.
Because passengers may not be watching the road as the events of an accident unfold, it can be difficult to know who was at fault. For this reason, it’s important to collect all of the information you can at the scene and consult with a skilled personal injury attorney after an accident occurs.
A lawyer can help you review testimonies from the accident and analyze the resulting damages to develop a defense strategy proving what happened to you.