Whether you don’t have a car of your own or you just need a ride home after a night out, ridesharing services offer an easy, affordable way to get around. They’re also a great way for people who have a car and spare time to make some money on the side.
But just like other types of transportation, accidents can happen when you’re riding in an Uber or Lyft or working as a driver.
If you’re injured in an accident involving one of these services – as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian – taking a few steps after the crash can help protect the value of your case.
What to do after a crash involving an Uber or Lyft
- Get treatment for your injuries.
The most important thing to do after any accident is to get the proper medical treatment for your injuries. Delaying treatment not only puts you at risk of making your injuries worse; it also can damage your case by giving the appearance that your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim. Document any medical treatment you receive and keep a file of all relevant medical records.
- Call the police and be sure someone is documenting the scene.
It’s easy for things to slip through the cracks in the chaos after a car accident, especially when people involved need immediate medical attention. Proper documentation of a crash scene can be critical to the value and success of your case. Do your best to make sure the police are called, a report is filed, and someone is taking pictures and videos of the scene.
- Don’t accept an early settlement from the insurance companies.
Insurance companies will often pressure you to settle your claim quickly after an accident – before you’ve even had time to finish your treatment or get a full picture of your injuries. While it can be tempting to take the first offer they put on the table, doing so could leave you on the hook for any additional medical costs, lost wages, or pain and suffering down the road.
- Contact an attorney.
Cases involving Uber or Lyft drivers are often much more complex than other types of car accidents. Your driver’s insurance company, Uber or Lyft’s insurance policies, and another driver’s insurance policy could all be thrown into the mix. Your best option is to allow an attorney to navigate the challenges of your case so you can focus on recovery.
Were you hurt in a crash involving an Uber or Lyft driver? Our experienced rideshare injury attorneys can review your claim at no charge and help you understand your legal options. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or fill out an online contact form for your free case consultation.