Rideshares like Uber and Lyft are becoming the new standard method for getting around in cities. Unfortunately, no matter how careful the rideshare driver is, accidents can still happen. You may be wondering what to do if you get in a rideshare accident. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we’ve outlined some crucial steps to take if you’re involved in this type of collision.
Step 1: Get Medical Attention
Like all car accidents, if you or anyone else is injured, immediately call emergency medical responders. Remember that traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, and some internal injuries may not be evident until days or weeks later. Experienced medical staff will know what to look out for during their examination.
Step 2: Call the Police
A police officer will take a traffic accident report, documenting the negligent behaviors that contributed to the accident. They provide an unbiased account that can include evidence of the main factors contributing to the crash. Our team uses the police report during the case to determine the cause and to get you the financial support you need.
Step 3: Gather Information
You’ll want to document and record as much of the scene of the accident as possible. Look at weather conditions, road hazards, pedestrian traffic, and other relevant details. Use your cell phone to record the vehicles involved, damages, and road conditions. Cameras near the accident may have recorded vital footage of the rideshare accident as well. If any witnesses are present and saw the crash, get their contact information for later on. While gathering information is crucial, remember to be respectful and sensitive to the others involved in the accident.
Step 4: Give Us a Call
Rideshare accidents are complex matters that require thorough investigation and understanding of local laws and insurance regulations. A negligent rideshare driver further complicates the matter, as we will navigate the company’s insurance policy. We’ll speak to the insurance company on your behalf and facilitate all discussions between you.
We hope this blog helps inform you of what to do if you get in a rideshare accident. When in any type of auto accident, don’t try and negotiate a settlement on your own. Our team will represent you and get you the compensation you deserve! You can reach us by phone at (619) 259-5199 or contact us on our website for a free initial consultation to discuss your accident and case.