What to Do If You Are Injured in an Uber Accident

Ridesharing services like Uber have become increasingly popular. Consumers find their services to be both convenient and cost-effective. Late last year, Uber reported that it had officially given its billionth ride. This includes many thousands in North Carolina.

Unfortunately, with that much activity, there has also been a rise in Uber accidents. If you have been seriously injured in an Uber accident, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Raleigh car accident lawyer for immediate legal assistance.

3 Things You Should Do After an Uber Accident

There are important steps to take if you have been injured in an accident as a passenger in an Uber, Lyft or other ridesharing vehicle. Specifically, if you find yourself in this situation, make sure to take the following actions.

 

  1. Seek medical assistance. After any car accident, all involved parties should first check to see if anyone needs emergency medical aid. However, even non-emergency car accident injuries still require professional medical attention. This is critical for two reasons. First, car accidents often cause delayed-onset injuries like soft-tissue damage and back injuries. Further, if you will be seeking legal compensation for your injuries, you will be best served by establishing valid medical documentation of your injuries immediately after your accident.
  2. Contact police. The appropriate law-enforcement authorities should be contacted after any significant North Carolina automobile accident. Even if you were simply a commercial passenger in an Uber, you will still have an interest in ensuring that the police report is accurate. Your witness statement should be included. Police reports can provide key evidence in Uber accident injury cases.
  3. Take photographs. Finally, photos are an extremely compelling form of accident evidence. It is best to take as many pictures as you can of the damage, the accident scene and your injuries. Your lawyer will be able to review this evidence in order to help build your case in the future, should an injury claim become necessary.

Make Sure to Report the Uber Accident

Beyond this, it is imperative that you report your Uber accident to the company. Failure to report your Uber accident in a timely manner could seriously harm your ability to recover full compensation.

Accidents can be reported by contacting Uber’s support team through the smartphone application and through the company’s website. If you have any trouble reporting your accident to Uber, or any trouble getting adequate communication from the company, call an experienced car accident lawyer immediately.

Understanding Uber’s Insurance Policy

An Uber passenger injury is covered by the company’s commercial insurance policy. This policy provides up to $1 million of liability coverage per traffic incident. Other Uber services such as Uber Black and Uber Taxi are required to carry their own commercial insurance policies that comply with North Carolina state law.

It is critical that injured Uber passengers are able to recover compensation for the full extent of their damages. Unfortunately, insurers are often extremely reluctant to offer victims the compensation they deserve. It may be necessary to bring an Uber accident lawsuit after your accident.

If you have been injured in a North Carolina Uber accident, the car accident lawyers at Younce & Vtipil, P.A. can help. Based in Raleigh, our lawyers have extensive experience providing compassionate legal representation aimed at getting results for injured people. To learn more about what the firm can do for you, please contact us today to set up your free personal injury consultation.

Younce & Vtipil is dedicated to representing individuals and families of all walks of life in North Carolina. Their attorneys handle a variety of claims, including automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents, workers’ compensation injuries, Social Security disability claims, wrongful death cases, harmful drug injuries, slip and fall injuries, and product liability claims, such as asbestos. For more information, visit www.attorneync.com.  

 

 

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Eight Essential Rules to Keep Kids out of Danger in Public This Summer

Summer is a time for families to enjoy spending time with each other and relax.  Taking a little time to develop some family rules will ensure that you and your children have fun and stay safe this summer.  Here are some guidelines and ideas that you can follow.

When attending events with small children and/or multiple children, remember that safety is the number one priority.  While we all want our children to have fun, if they cannot have fun safely it is not worth the risk.  It is important to plan ahead and make sure that there are enough parents actively paying attention to children at all times.  As we all know, children get very excited and have a lot of energy and strength.  It only takes a second for a child to be put at risk unintentionally.

What to Teach Them

Safety Skills.  It is important to teach safety skills to children of all ages to use in public places.  Make a fun game out of some safety skills to help keep their attention such as the Red-Light-Green-Light Game and Stop, Look, and Listen.  If you are in public it is a way to get their attention quickly.  Asking your child to put their hand on your car in a specific spot, or on your pocket can help keep them in place when you are unloading another child or items.

Stay with Parents.  Most children love to run.  For younger children it is good to hold their hand, put them in a stroller or wagon, or you could use the always controversial child safety harness.  One thing to remember when they are in a stroller is that they more than likely will not stay there.  If you are at the zoo or an exhibit of some type, you will need to have the capacity to take them in and out of the stroller to see things while you are also watching other kids.

Stay Away from Strangers.  Teaching them the proper reactions if someone they do not know shows a special interest or tries to take them somewhere can help you and others to react quickly and appropriately to what is happening.  And let’s be honest, we all would rather a child overreact than underreact in a situation like that.

The “Safe” People to Ask for help.  Teaching them that police officers, lifeguards, and maybe other mothers with children are safe people to ask for help is always a good idea.  Also identifying a meeting spot for older children if you do lose each other can be helpful.  Keeping proper identification on your children is also important.  There are a lot of different ways to do this ranging from writing their information on a piece of paper and putting it in their pocket to having an  ID bracelet.  Teach them your phone number so they can contact you.

Treat Other Children with Respect.  Helping children to understand that it is not okay to put another child at risk and to let a parent know if another child is hurting them can help parents to stop a bad situation before it gets worse.

Rules for YOU!

Pay Attention/Stay Alert

Parents and caregivers need to pay attention just like we ask our children to pay attention.  If something seems suspicious, remove yourself from the situation, and let the appropriate people know about it.  If there are too many people at an event to allow a child to be watched safely, does it make sense to stay there?  No one likes to disappoint children but sometimes you need to do it to stay safe.

Avoid using alcohol and/or drugs while you have your children in your care, even if they are in bed.   Anything that dulls your senses will keep you from using good judgment and can be a risk to you and your family.

Keep Your Common Sense

Just because the zoo or amusement park didn’t put up a protective barrier does not mean the situation can’t be dangerous. Look around and think about what could go wrong.  Don’t dangle young children anywhere except over a mattress or the sofa.

While everyone loves having family pictures, take them safely.  Sometimes taking a picture can become a distraction.  In today’s digital age it is easy to focus more on taking pictures, social media, and email than just enjoying the moments with our children.  Isn’t that really what they want anyway, time with family and time to play?

Team up with Others

Using the buddy system can help both parents and children.   If you go to the movies, park, or zoo it is always good to have another parent or caregiver with you to help watch the kids when you need to pay attention to one child, unload the car, or use the restroom.  It is also good to have children stick together if they are in a crowded environment, especially with older children who may not require a parent to watch every minute.  While the vast majority of people who prey on children are not strangers, there are people on the watch for mothers who are distracted because they are loading the car or taking care of their kids.

Following these guidelines can help your family to have a fun time this summer in a safe environment.

 

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, consult the board-certified workers’ compensation attorneys at Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC.  Valerie Johnson and Leto Copeley are here to help you. Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC is a law firm focused on representing individuals and their family members who find themselves in circumstances that they never expected.  Their clients include those who have been injured on the job, on the road, and on the premises of businesses and public facilities.  They also help those whose employers have violated their legal rights.  For more on this firm, visit http://www.cjglawfirm.com.

National Click It Or Ticket Campaign Focuses on Improving Seat Belt Usage

Nationwide, seat belt use has been growing, but lack of proper seat belt safety remains a very serious public safety issue according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Even if it’s just for a short drive around the block, always make sure you fasten your seat belt, as well as the seat belt of any other passengers in your vehicle. Car accidents can happen without warning and in the blink of an eye, so it’s important to make sure that you are prepared.

From Monday, 5/23 to Sunday, 6/5, police in North Carolina and across the country will be stepping up enforcement of seat belt safety. This initiative is part of the annual Click It or Ticket Campaign, and is aimed at reducing the number of injuries and fatalities that occur when vehicle occupants do not buckle up.

Seat belts remain the most effective way to avoid serious or fatal injuries in the event of a car accident. According to the CDC, using a seat belt reduces your risk of serious crash related injuries or death by about 50%. Unfortunately, seat belt non-use is an especially dangerous problem for younger, inexperienced drivers.

Here are some troubling statistics about seat belt safety:

  • 58% of back seat passengers that were fatally injured in vehicle crashes in 2014 were not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Between 2010 and 2014, more than 50% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic accidents were not wearing a seat belt.
  • In North Carolina, 415 people that were not wearing a seat belt were killed in traffic accidents last year.

Click here to read more about the Click It or Ticket Campaign and seat belt safety.

At Daggett Shuler Law, Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina Personal Injury lawyers, we care deeply about the safety of you and your family. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident that was not your fault, call Daggett Shuler Law at 336-724-1234. When you call, you will speak with an experienced, caring Winston-Salem and Greensboro Car Accident attorney absolutely FREE.

We will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you and fight hard to secure the maximum recovery you deserve. At Daggett Shuler, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.

Daggett Shuler is a law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured in accidents, workers hurt on the job and of people in need of Social Security Disability benefits.   For more information or for contact information for their Winston-Salem or Greensboro offices, visit www.daggettshulerlaw.com.