What to Do If You Are in a Rideshare Accident?
Rideshares have revolutionized how we get around, but they’ve also introduced some sticky legal problems. Follow these steps if you’re involved in an Uber or Lyft rideshare accident.
Call the Police
Like any type of car accident, you should call the police if there’s significant damage and once it’s safe to do so. The officer will file an official report, which will be crucial evidence if you intend to pursue damages against the parties responsible.
Document the Event
The police will gather evidence in an official report, but you should also make note of what happened for your own records. Again, when it’s safe to do so, write down or record a message or video explaining what happened. Note the road and weather conditions, if anyone was speeding, the rideshare company involved, and all other details relevant to the accident.
See a Doctor
It’s important that you see a doctor if you were involved in any type of rideshare accident. Some symptoms may not manifest immediately, and if you delay, it may look like the pain was caused by some other event or that the accident wasn’t serious since you didn’t go to a hospital initially. Plus, a doctor’s official documentation of any injuries will be key to receiving compensation for personal injury damages.
Work With an Attorney
Companies such as Uber and Lyft have their own insurance, you may carry your own insurance, and other drivers involved in a collision may have their own insurance. Gathering evidence and facilitating a claim between all these parties can be complex, and it’s easy for your needs to be minimized or totally ignored. Work with an attorney to ensure this doesn’t happen.
Being in a collision is scary, and when you’re just a passenger at the mercy of a rideshare company, it can feel like you have no legal recourse for your injuries. Contact the professionals at SteinLaw to ensure your rights are protected following this type of accident.