A Crash Course on Rideshare Accidents
So long as there are drivers on the roads, it’s an unfortunate reality that there will also be accidents. Chances are you have a pretty good idea of what to do if you get into an accident with another motor vehicle
. But what should you do when you are the passenger of a ridesharing vehicle that gets into an accident?
The first and most important thing is your health and safety
– seek medical attention right away, even if you feel fine. If the accident was serious, call emergency services and follow the advice of medical personnel. It may take hours, days, or even weeks to realize the full extent of your injuries. Adrenaline may be running high at the time of your accident and you may not be aware of the full extent of your injuries. Because internal injuries are not visible, it is very important to get diagnostic tests done by a medical professional right away. The results of these tests, along with your doctor’s records, will get you the treatment you need and provide valuable evidence should you decide to make a claim. Call your doctor to set up an appointment as soon as possible.
Get the driver’s contact information and collect evidence
– even if your Uber or Lyft driver is not at fault, it is very important to get your driver’s contact information. If you are able, take down the names and phone numbers of any other drivers involved and witnesses. If you have a mobile phone, use it to document everything you can think of including the insurance and registration of all vehicles involved. A single picture could mean the difference of thousands of dollars in compensation, so take as many photos as you can of the scene and your injuries. The more documentation you have, the better. If you are reading this after the fact and you weren’t able to collect these details at the time of the accident, that’s okay too. It’s common for people involved in an accident to be in a state of shock or seriously injured and unable to document anything at the time. The good news is, our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers are experts at gathering evidence after the fact. Keep in mind the sooner you contact a Personal Injury lawyer, the easier it will be for them to locate witnesses and collect important details about your accident.
Contact a Personal Injury lawyer right away
– when it comes to accident claims, the sooner you get proper legal advice, the better. Even if you don’t proceed with a lawyer, it is important to know exactly what type of compensation and benefits you are entitled to. Insurance companies are quick to offer settlements – and often for the lowest possible amount. It’s hard to know what your claim is “worth” without getting an experienced injury lawyer to assess it. There are also important deadlines that come up for making a claim and for accessing important medical benefits
. At Litco Law, it won’t cost you a thing to speak to an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer. And if you choose to proceed with a claim, you won’t have to pay us a cent while your claim progresses because we don’t get paid until you get paid.