Here are a few steps you should take if an Uber or Lyft driver flees the scene of your car accident.
If you’re hit by an Uber or Lyft driver as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorist, and they flee the scene, what should you do? Let’s discuss a few steps you should take to get the best possible outcome for your case.
1. Call 911 Immediately
Fleeing from the scene of an accident in Missouri is a crime. You need to call 911 right away to get the police at the scene and file a police report about the incident. This will help establish a “paper trail” that will be very useful for your case.
2. Talk To Witnesses & Get Their Testimony
If possible, it’s important to talk to witnesses and get their testimony, and convince them to stick around until the police arrive. Having multiple people back up the truth can help with your case.
This may also help establish whether or not the driver was an Uber or Lyft driver. For example, eyewitnesses may have noticed stickers or a glowing Uber or Lyft sign on the car’s dash. These are commonly used by Uber and Lyft drivers.
You should also take any pictures that may help your case at this time, such as photos of car damage, paint that’s been transferred to your car, the environment where the accident happened, and so on.
3. Contact an Attorney
The excellent news about Uber and Lyft hit-and-runs in Missouri is that, by law, all motorists are required to carry uninsured motorist coverage, which includes:
- $25,000 per person for bodily injury
- $50,000 per accident for bodily injury
- $10,000 per accident for property damage
Your limits may be higher, depending on your policy. If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, your UI/UM policy will generally cover your costs. Before speaking with your insurance company, it is also a good idea to speak with an experienced attorney to ensure your legal right to compensation is being protected.
4. Report The Accident To Uber or Lyft
Uber and Lyft both offer services that allow you to report accidents caused by their drivers. This may help you identify the driver since both services generally collect information about where drivers are while using their apps.
St. Louis Rideshare Accident Lawyer
Handling a rideshare car accident case in St. Louis is never easy – and it’s even more complex when it’s a hit-and-run. Don’t go it alone. At The Hoffmann Law Firm, our team of St. Louis Uber and Lyft auto accident attorneys are on your side and ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve after your accident. Contact us now for a free case review.
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