Ridesharing companies like Uber have revolutionized the way people get from place to place. It is fast and convenient to load up an app, make a few taps on the screen, and have a car ready to take you to where you need to go within a few minutes. However, when you climb into your Uber, you are putting your life into the driver’s hands, and if the driver happens to get into an auto accident, you could suffer serious injuries as a result. If you were injured in an Uber collision and want to talk to an Uber accident lawyer in Kansas City, the attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. can help you learn more about which courses of action are available to you under the law.
Although Uber has been around since 2009, entities like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have not tracked accident data specific to Uber or other ridesharing companies. However, the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) has been keeping records of accidents and other incidents, including crimes, related to ridesharing. According to the data they published, dozens of fatalities have been attributed to Uber and other ridesharing services, although it must be noted that these deaths include driver deaths as well as passenger deaths due to criminal violence or other traffic-related fatalities.
The first thing any accident victim needs to do is get medical attention right away after the accident. You may think you are uninjured or that your injuries are too minor to warrant medical care, but the best practice is to let a trained medical professional evaluate and treat you in case you have a “hidden” injury such as whiplash, which can result in crippling pain days or even weeks after the injury occurs. Next, you need to document all injuries and injury-related expenses stemming from the accident. This can include filing away photos of the injuries and retaining any documents showing injury-related expenses, such as hospital and physical therapy bills or pay stubs proving lost wages during recovery from injuries. Last, you should contact an attorney to discuss your legal options as an accident victim. The documents you retained can be used by your attorney to help figure out the cost of damages sustained during the accident—including damages to person and property—which can help you in court if you file a lawsuit to seek financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
If you need an Uber accident lawyer in Kansas City, contact Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. for legal assistance. We can assess your case for free, and we will push to get you every penny you are legally entitled to as an accident victim. You may qualify to receive monetary compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured, so call us to find out more about how we can put our 40+ years of personal injury law experience to work for you in court.
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