Wondering what would happen if you got into an accident while you were in an Uber or Lyft? Here’s the low-down.
Getting into an accident at any time of the year is an awful shame. Recovery is painful and takes time you don’t necessarily have. Nobody wants to be out of work or stuck attending doctor’s surgeries when they wouldn’t have had to, because the accident wasn’t their fault.
Here’s what we know about getting into an accident in an Uber of Lyft, as told by the injury attorneys serving Oakland, CA.
What to do if you get into an accident in an Uber or Lyft?
Here’s what you should do if you get into an accident in your Uber or Lyft ride.
Call the Police
Any accident you get into on the road requires a report from the police. A police report means that you have solid it proof that you were present at the scene of the accident. They will have your written record of what you saw, and this will go towards the witness statements. Calling the police will make sure that you are recorded as present.
Go to Hospital
The second step is to make sure that you visit the ER. Again, this is about creating a report that you were there. Both the police report and the hospital record will validate your insurance claim and will help you should you need to claim compensation. There are two reasons for going to hospital, of course. You need to make sure that you are not injured, even if you think that you’re not injured, you should still go to hospital. It may be that you have a concussion or some other invisible injury.
Get Witness Contact Details
Before you go to the hospital, make sure that you get contact details of the people who were there. Witness statements aren’t just for police, they also help insurance companies ascertain exactly what happened. Get witness contact details before you leave the scene of the collision, and if you are incapacitated, hiring a lawyer can be more difficult. Prepare your family by giving them a lawyer’s contact details in your area before you get into an accident. It’s not tempting fate. It is protecting your interests when you are unable to do so.
Get A Good Lawyer
Lastly, make sure you get a good lawyer who is a specialist in car accidents. Getting into an accident in a Lyft or in an Uber is the same as getting into an accident in your own car. The sole difference is perhaps that you were never able to be at fault if you weren’t driving. This means you have to go through the same process is as you would if you got into a car accident. This process involves ensuring that you are safe, collecting information from witnesses, allowing yourself to get a police report, taking a trip to the hospital so that you have a medical record of the accident, and last of all, hiring a good lawyer.
Author Bio: Jerry Wells holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science, who blogs about politics, environment, law, and business management during his free time.