Rideshares have become increasingly popular over the past decade, offering people a convenient and often cost-effective way to get around. Even for those who have a vehicle, a rideshare can still be useful for a variety of situations. What people don’t think about when getting into one of these vehicles is what they will do if the car is involved in an accident. You just assume you’ll make it to your destination without any issues.
Here we’ll take a look at what steps to take if you’re involved in a rideshare accident. Knowing how to best respond can help make a horrible situation a little less stressful.
Call Emergency Services Immediately
Regardless of how minor or serious the rideshare accident may seem, the first step is to contact the emergency services. The paramedics can check you over for any injuries and transport you to the hospital if needed, and the police will be able to create an official report, thereby documenting the accident. Having official reports/documents will be vital should you want to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party.
It’s worth noting that even if you feel “fine”, you may have internal injuries that aren’t immediately noticeable. Seeking medical attention cannot be emphasized enough.
What are the Most Common Injuries?
In terms of common injuries in a car accident, they can range significantly.
Some of the most common can include:
- Broken bones
- Head injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
Of course, there are many more, and there is a good chance you have more than one injury.
Remain Calm and Don’t Panic
This is much easier said than done, especially if it’s a serious accident. Try your best to remain calm and not panic. Breathing exercises can be very beneficial in this type of situation, focusing on taking deep breaths in and out. You may even be in shock, which is normal and understandable. It’s also smart to move as little as possible, as you don’t want to make any of your injuries worse.
Gather Driver Information
You’ll also want to gather the driver’s information such as their name, license plate number and insurance information.
Take Photos of the Scene If Possible
If you can take photos without having to move around, it’s wise to do so. The police will take pictures and include them in the report, but it’s wise to have further documentation. Taking photos of any visible injuries is also smart. Don’t worry if you can’t do this immediately, as you can always have a friend or loved one take pictures of your injuries at the hospital/clinic or home.
Write Down Important Details – Chronicle the Event
Once your immediate medical needs have been attended to, try to document the event so you don’t forget any key details. Even if you can only write down in point form what happened, it can still prove helpful. Included in the details should be the timeline, adding more detail to the account.
Don’t Agree to Any Early Settlement
Sometimes the insurance company representing the rideshare will contact you and offer a settlement. While this may seem like a good idea, it’s not something you should agree to. Remember, you are busy dealing with injuries, you may not be thinking as clearly, you might be in a state of shock, and so forth.
It is the perfect opportunity for an insurance company to take advantage of the situation and give you a lowball offer. The insurance company isn’t working for you and isn’t looking after your best interests.
Don’t Attempt to File a Claim on Your Own
If you require medical attention due to a rideshare accident, there’s no doubt the costs are adding up. Depending on the severity and types of injuries you sustained, it may not be a quick visit to the emergency room. You may require ongoing care, surgery, physical therapy and more. There is also the fact it takes an immense emotional toll on you. Injuries may be so extensive that you are unable to work both now and in the future, threatening your very livelihood.
This is why you mustn’t go about a personal injury claim on your own. The stakes are far too high, and dealing with insurance companies can be extremely stressful. You need to be focused on recovery, not fighting for fair and reasonable compensation. Hiring one of our lawyers means you’ll have experienced and professional representation that will fight for you.
We invite you to visit us at Binder Law Group here: 16633 Ventura Blvd. #602 Encino, CA 91436 so we can discuss your potential claim.
You can also call now for a free consultation at (818) 659-8588.