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Action Steps After a Taxi or Uber/Lyft Accident in Maine

You may have never thought about this, but what happens if the taxi, Uber, or Lyft service giving you a ride home from the airport or after a night out gets in a vehicle crash?

Following these action steps after an accident involving a taxicab or ride-share service like Uber or Lyft can help to protect your rights and make it easier to recover compensation for damages.

  • Call 9-1-1 if no one else has called. Ensure that a police report has been filed and request a copy for your documentation.
  • Document the scene of the accident. Use your phone to photograph the damage to the vehicles, the general location, and the area the accident occurred.
  • Get information from any witnesses, including their names and contact information.
  • Seek medical attention for your injuries. It’s often a good idea to see a doctor immediately, even if you don’t feel as though you were seriously injured, as you may be feeling worse a day or two after the accident.
  • Speak with a legal professional to determine the best course of action to protect yourself.

Liability in Taxi and Uber Accidents

The laws in Maine determine which driver was at fault for the accident. However, other parties can also be held accountable for the driver’s actions in addition to the driver (e.g., a passenger causing distractions). There can be additional insurance coverages available in a car service (i.e. Uber or Lyft) that may apply to you. That’s where a knowledgeable legal professional familiar with ride-share and taxicab accident cases can be helpful.

There have been changes in laws regarding “ride-sharing” programs like Uber and Lyft in many states in the past three years. If you are involved in an accident with or while a passenger in one of these vehicles, you need to protect yourself as soon as possible. Talk to a lawyer who knows the law. The law office of Hardy, Wolf & Downing is here to assist you with our free initial consultation.

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