Technology has made our lives simpler in so many ways, including how we travel from one place to another. Obtaining a ride has become as simple as entering the address of our destination in an App on our smartphone. This simplicity, along with the ability to pay, tip, and rate the driver all in the App, has made rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber soar in popularity. Unfortunately, the rideshare experience is not always a pleasant one. Accidents happen, and when they do, you need to know the steps to take to protect yourself and your rights.
What To Do After The Accident Happens
- Obtain Medical Care: It is crucial that you seek medical care for any injuries sustained in the accident. If medical personnel respond to the accident, comply with any treatment they offer. Some injuries are not obvious, so even if you do not receive medical attention at the scene, it is a good idea to follow up with your own physician.
- Gather Witness Information and Evidence: Obtain names and contact information for all witnesses to the accident. Obtain the make, model, and tag numbers for all vehicles involved.
- Report the Accident to Police: It is critical that police respond and investigate the accident. Cooperate with law enforcement and answer any questions they may have. Obtain an incident number from the officer and find out how to obtain a copy of the accident report.
- Take Photos: Photographs are indispensable proof. After the accident, take pictures of the scene of the crash, the vehicles involved, and any injuries obtained.
- Report the Accident to the Ridesharing Company: Report the accident to the ridesharing company and request confirmation of your report. Do not engage in further communication with the ridesharing company and do not give a recorded statement. You want to simply report to them the fact that the accident occurred. Refer the ridesharing company to your attorney for further communication.
- Do Not Speak With Adverse Insurance Company: If a representative from either driver’s insurance company contacts you, do not speak with them. Instead, refer them to your attorney.
- Obtain Driver Information: It is important to record the names and contact information of all drivers involved in the accident. Ask to see their driver’s license and insurance card and write down all pertinent information.
- Write Down All Details: Memories are unreliable. As soon as possible after the accident, record every detail you can remember what happened. This could prove invaluable later.
- Screenshot Rideshare Receipt: Your rideshare receipt may be needed as evidence. Make sure to retain a copy.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a ridesharing accident, contact our firm today at 301-925-9080 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our ridesharing accident attorneys. We are eager to use our skills and knowledge to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.