Uber and Lyft offer appealing revenue sources for drivers across North Carolina and particularly in the Charlotte area. Many drivers navigate the heavy traffic of the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport to pick up riders day and night. As with any car trip, accidents may happen and you should be prepared for emergencies. Here are a few considerations if you are involved in an Uber accident:
- Always call 911 firstafter whether you are the driver or the passenger. By calling 911 immediately, you can guarantee the best possible response time by police and EMS for all people involved.
- Take photographs of the damage on all four sides of each vehicle involved as well as pictures of the accident scene (including nearby debris fields and road conditions) and any of your own injuries. These pictures may prove invaluable to verify the insurance claims and build your case in the event that you must make an injury claim.
- Your testimony right after the accident could complicate a court case later, so wait for professional advice before discussing fault.
- If you are the driver of an Uber vehicle, verify your status on the Uber application. If you were online mode in the Uber Partner app and either driving to pick up a passenger or transporting a passenger, then you may qualify for auto insurance from Uber directly. If you were available or waiting for a ride request, then Uber may offer liability insurance if your own insurance does not apply. See Uber’s insurance coverage web page for details.
Driving safety is especially important when transporting passengers and working for a ride sharing service. Whether you are a driver or a passenger on an Uber ride in the Charlotte area, you should know that the Law Offices of Brian deBrun PLLC is prepared to help in the event of an accident. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (704) 405-5505 or contact our Charlotte office online briandebrunlaw.com.