What Happens to Uber Passengers Who Need Medical Treatment?New Jersey Legal News
Uber provides a convenient service to many people, throughout New Jersey and the entire country. As an Uber passenger, you may wonder what happens if the driver is involved in a crash that requires you to seek medical treatment. Who would be liable for your medical costs? In crashes involving Uber, determining liability can be complicated, but the damages you suffered are very real and apparent. Here’s what you need to know.
Typical Causes of Uber Accidents in New Jersey
Like any other driver traveling on New Jersey streets, Uber drivers are required to follow the rules of the road. However, Uber drivers find themselves in a unique situation. They often are using an app while operating their car. They have to find locations that they sometimes have never even been to. They have to pull over repeatedly when their GPS advises them to do so in order to get where they’re going. They may even speed or drive aggressively when traveling from one passenger to the next. They have to answer their phone and respond to fares. Passengers traveling in their cars may even argue with them about the best way to get to their destination, or they may even argue about something else entirely. Maybe they aren’t arguing but are just being generally distracting. As you can see, Uber drivers have a lot going on. Simultaneously, they are expected to be paying attention to the road and focusing on the task of driving a car. In the end, it’s their duty to take care of all other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists who may be on the road.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that common causes of Uber crashes include:
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Driving while on a mobile device
Uber drivers are not always at fault for a crash, making it even harder for a rideshare passenger to know what to do or who to file a claim against after an accident. However, that will be determined later. Immediately after the crash, passengers should seek medical treatment. If you need treatment, you will be transported to a hospital right away by first responders.
What Happens When Uber Passengers Require Medical Attention?
No matter who’s at fault, the first thing you should do after a crash is to seek treatment. This is true even if you don’t feel you’ve been seriously injured. Your head may have hit the window, but you feel fine. You didn’t blackout and don’t feel disoriented. Mild brain injuries don’t usually have immediate symptoms but may manifest days later. It’s best to seek medical treatment right after a crash so that there is a paper trail connecting the crash to your injuries.
If you have health insurance, your insurance will cover your medical expenses and place a lien on any potential compensation — a lien reimburses the health insurance provider of the funds used to cover your medical costs. If you don’t have coverage, you should seek medical attention, but let the hospital know you were involved in a crash. The medical facility may suspend billing and play a lien on future compensation.
The most important thing after an Uber crash is establishing a paper trail linking the crash to your injuries. That’s because determining liability may be a fight, and int he event of a lawsuit against Uber and their driver, their lawyers will contest your claim. That matters in New Jersey, and Uber’s lawyers will try to prove that you were liable for the crash. If the jury believes it, your compensation can be impacted.
If you are an Uber passenger and require medical treatment, here’s what happens:
- You should obtain the medical treatment you need and do so immediately after the crash. In fact, if you have apparent injuries, first responders may take you to the hospital regardless, but if those injuries are not as apparent, then you can go to the hospital or urgent care yourself for treatment.
- Your health insurance will cover your medical costs or else the medical facility will bill you.
- You should inform your health insurance or the medical facility that you were involved in an Uber crash and a claim or lawsuit may follow.
- Seek legal help after all your medical needs are taken care of or you are able to discuss your case with a New Jersey personal injury attorney.
Uber collisions are a very real concern for passengers. The rideshare service is very convenient, but crashes can and do happen. In some cases, passengers can be seriously injured. It’s crucial that injured parties seek medical treatment, even if they don’t think it’s necessary. Keep all record and obtain legal counsel to make sure you recover the compensation you deserve. For more information on Uber crashes, contact Brady, Brady, & Reilly, LLC. We understand you may be overwhelmed after an Uber accident. We also understand that you may have suffered severe injuries. So, we’re here to help you go over your possible legal options. We want to help you make an informed decision about your future.
New Jersey Rideshare Collisions
While rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft are often celebrated for making the roads safer, studies have shown that this may not be the case. Some studies argue that rideshare companies are responsible for a 3 percent increase in roadway fatalities. Rideshare companies also avoid many federal and state regulations that apply to other services such as taxis.
Uber and Lyft offer fierce competition to traditional transportation services like taxis. Rideshare companies have made a massive impact internationally on how we get around every day. Uber and Lyft don’t directly hire their drivers, who instead operate as independent contractors.
This fact can make it difficult for injured parties to pursue deserved compensation after an accident. Brady, Brady, & Reilly, LLC has helped countless victims pursue successful claims against liable rideshare companies. Contact our offices at (201) 997- 0030 to discuss your case with a New Jersey rideshare attorney today.