What to Do if You’re in a Ride Sharing Accident

With the rise of carpooling platforms like Uber and Lyft, drivers and passengers must know what to do in an accident. Otherwise, you may struggle to get compensated for those injuries.

Since 2007, I’ve led the Law Offices of Steers & Associates in winning personal injury cases in California. With this comes experiences in helping you know what to do if you’re in a ride sharing accident.


What to Do if You’re in a Ride Sharing Accident

In the aftermath of an accident involving ride sharing, your immediate priority is to assess the situation and call 911 for medical assistance. Contact the police and gather evidence of the accident. Consult an experienced attorney to navigate the complexities and protect your rights.

It is essential to have the assistance of a Los Angeles Uber accident attorney to win damages after a rideshare accident and to ensure a fair settlement is reached.

Call Emergency Services and Seek Medical Attention

Your top priority is to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Take the following steps:

  • Check yourself and others for injuries
  • Call 911 if necessary
  • Move to a safe location away from traffic

Gather Evidence of the Accident

After ensuring everyone is safe, gather the necessary information from every party involved.

  • I use clear photos of the vehicles, damages, and the surrounding area as evidence to fight for the fair compensation you deserve. Be sure to capture multiple angles, including close-ups of damage or injuries.
  • Get the other driver’s name, contact information, and insurance information. Note the vehicle’s make, model, and license plate number. If you’re a passenger, screenshot the app’s ride information.

Call the Police and File an Accident Report

Call the police immediately if you’re involved in a carpool accident. Provide accurate information about the accident and any injuries sustained. 

Request a copy of the accident report once completed, as I use it as valuable evidence to pursue compensation later.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Understanding your rights is one way to travel safely with ride sharing apps.

I often explain to clients how various insurance policies apply to a specific situation. This can also help you through the complex insurance landscape of ride sharing services.

Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

While carpooling has provided new job opportunities and convenience to commuters, companies like Lyft and Uber have added a 3% increase in car accident fatalities. An experienced personal injury attorney can determine the best course of action and ensure you receive the proper compensation.

My Uber and Lift accident lawyer team has successfully handled numerous accident claim cases over the years by building a solid case on behalf of clients and negotiating a fair settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. 

Related Questions

How to Handle Insurance Claims in a Rideshare Accident?

When handling insurance claims in a rideshare accident, file a police report and get a copy of the accident report. You can expedite the process by having a personal injury claims lawyer file your claim with the rideshare’s insurance company.

What Are Common Rideshare Accident Settlements?

Common rideshare accident settlements include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. The specific amount of compensation depends on factors such as the severity of injuries and the extent of damages.

Who Is Liable if You’re Involved in a Rideshare Car Accident?

If the other driver is at fault, their insurance carrier is responsible for covering the damages. Suppose the rideshare driver is at fault, and the driver’s insurance policy doesn’t cover the damages or is exhausted. In that case, the rideshare company’s insurance may apply to cover the remaining costs.


I’ve seen firsthand the impact accidents caused by carpooling can have on individuals. Knowing the proper steps to follow if you’re involved in such an accident is beneficial. Consult with a ride sharing accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.


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15 thoughts on “What to Do if You’re in a Ride Sharing Accident

  • I do DoorDash on the side now but used to do it full time. Some lady backed into my van and dented it but I called no damage bc it didn’t matter. Didn’t need it totaled over a small dent. I almost tboned a mustang bc they were going to run a stop sign. After that I got a camera. Except it broke, I need to fix it.

  • These are amazing tips that you shared. I will have to keep them in mind. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • This is a good list of tips. There is a lot of information here that I need to keep in mind. Your sharing is greatly appreciated.

  • We often take Uber services as we don’t have a car here in the UK. But we have never thought about this! Thanks for sharing this guide on what to do in a ride-sharing accident.

  • I have never thought about this before since we are always driving ourselves, but great advice.

  • This was a very thorough and helpful list! I wish my DiL’s mother knew what to do the times she had been in an accident, even though it wasn’t for a ride share this info seems good to just know for any auto accident I think!

  • This is such important information to know in today’s world of ride sharing..

  • It is really nice to know about this! This is really informative. I’m gonna share this with my family

  • This is a really great and very informative post! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Invaluable insights for ride sharing accident situations! Your expertise shines through as you guide readers through the crucial steps to take after an accident. Your dedication to helping people navigate the complexities of such situations is evident, providing clarity and assistance when it’s needed most.

  • It is always good to have an idea of what to do in a variety of emergencies. This is a unique situation but a great resource should you end up in this situation.

  • Such a necessary post in today’s peer/share world- great post!

  • This is information that I need to pass onto my friend. Her husband does ride sharing.

  • Yikes, good to know. My son takes Lyft often since he doesn’t drive.

  • I had never thought of this with the many Uber rides I take. I just do not take ride shares, especially with COVID-19 on the rise again here in NYC.


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