What Evidence Is Required To Prove A Rideshare Claim?
It may seem like Uber and Lyft have been around for a long time. But resolving rideshare accidents is still relatively new regarding personal injury law. You may not know the ideal way to prove a rideshare claim. Just like so many other accidents, evidence is key. Here are some types of evidence from Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC, you may want to gather to succeed in your rideshare claim.
Photographs of The Accident Scene
If possible, collect as much photographic evidence of the accident scene as you can. Your pictures contain information that may be helpful in your claim, like the road conditions at the time of the accident.
You may want to take pictures of the rideshare vehicles and the other driver’s vehicles. You may want to take video or photographic evidence of the debris around the accident scene.
Taking pictures of your injuries can also help strengthen your rideshare claim.
Next, you may want to collect the statements of any witnesses. Witnesses of an accident want to help as much as possible. Some witnesses may even offer to vouch for you should you pursue legal action.
When gathering the witness statements, make sure to include their contact information. This information will be helpful if your lawyer asks them to testify on your behalf.
Photographs of The Rideshare Driver’s App
You also may want to include a photograph of the rideshare driver’s app at the time of the accident. The driver’s logging activity will determine the liability of your rideshare claim on the app. If the driver was logged in and in the process of dropping you off, for example, Uber or Lyft insurance policy will cover the costs of your damages.
But if the driver was not logged in, the driver may have to use their insurance policy to cover the costs of your damages. You want to collect evidence that can verify when your accident happened and whether your driver was logged in. This information can determine how liable each party will be in your accident.
Cell Phone Records
In addition to photographs of the rideshare driver’s logging activity, you can request copies of both drivers’ cell phone records. It may be discovered that one driver was on their cell phone during the accident. Your lawyer can request copies of both drivers’ cell phone records to verify their cell phone activity during the accident.
Copies of Police Reports
If the police are called to the accident scene, you want to obtain a copy of the police report. The police report is the most impartial evidence you can include in your rideshare claim. Police officers report the facts of the accident as accurately as possible. Police reports are most often used to resolve car accident claims. You can request a copy of your police report online or in person. To obtain a copy in person, you must make your request at the police department. You can also visit the New Jersey State Police website and request a copy online.