A stock photo of a car that has been involved in an traffic accident.

Ridesharing apps are great, but do you know what to do in an emergency?

What do I do if I’m in an accident in an Uber?

The concept of peer-to-peer ridesharing has been a real game-changer. A few presses of a button on a smartphone can summon a ride to our homes that will deliver us from door-to-door. However, services like Uber or Lyft are still a trip in a car and that carries a risk of being in a collision. Some of the product experts working in the Poulin Auto Sales showroom were wondering, ‘What do I do if I’m in an accident in an Uber?’ This struck us as a question that a lot of people might have so our team did a little research on the subject. Let’s take a look at the answers they were able to find.

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Evaluate the scene

An accident that occurs while riding in an Uber or Lyft is like any other car accident. That means making sure everyone is ok and calling 911 if someone needs medical assistance.

Also, it’s important to make sure the lane of traffic is kept clear if possible. More than anything, don’t do anything that is going to make the situation worse or unsafe.

Even though you’re a passenger in the accident and not the driver, experts say that you should still make sure to collect everyone’s information including both drivers’ names, contact information and insurance information. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you get your hands on a copy of the police report.

Whose insurance will cover passengers?

Ridesharing services like this are still a very new phenomenon in our lives and the laws and regulations are still catching up. As a passenger, services like Uber carry insurance policies that should be adequate to handle most situations. But local and state laws can get messy here. It is also a good idea to contact the ride’s provider to speak with their representatives about each unique situation.

Are you interested in being a ride-sharing driver? Paolin Auto Sales has a lot of vehicles that would serve this need perfectly. Make an appointment with one of our product experts to learn more.