Ridesharing applications have become a popular way for people to get around, but the convenience does not come without its fair share of risks. Many ridesharing users are unaware that they may not be covered if they are injured in an accident while using Uber or another ridesharing service. According to a NBC News, some states are now warning passengers to make them aware.
Passengers involved in accidents may be wondering what they should do in the event they are injured in a ridesharing accident. Here is a quick guide for what to do after you are injured in such an event.
1. Remain at the scene
It may be tempting to go back home after an accident, especially if there were no other passengers, but it is crucial for you to provide a statement to the police. Here is a list of other things to do while you are at the scene:
- Write down the name, license plate and insurance information of your rideshare driver.
- Collect the same information from other drivers, if applicable.
- Take photos of your injuries, property damage and the accident scene.
Having this information for your records is crucial for any future contact with law enforcement or a personal injury attorney.
2. Seek medical attention
Leaving the scene may be even more tempting if you do not notice any serious injuries. The problem is some injuries are not immediately obvious. You may have internal bleeding or a concussion that you do not pick up on right away. Perhaps you have a minor injury that you think will not get worse. Regardless of how confident you feel, make sure you get medical attention for injuries, no matter how small. Medical records come in handy if you go to trial or seek a settlement.
3. Consult a personal injury attorney
A ridesharing accident involves a variety of insurance companies. In some cases, the ridesharing insurance company may provide coverage for your injuries. In other instances, it might try to make the driver’s insurance pay the damages. These situations can quickly become confusing and difficult to navigate. Contacting a personal injury lawyer can help you move forward with your claim and seek an appropriate settlement.
No matter how convenient and popular, ridesharing can put passengers at risk. Rideshare drivers often become too distracted with their smartphone while driving. If you ever find yourself in a ridesharing accident, follow the above tips to make sure you have all the information necessary to file a possible claim. While similar to a taxi service, they are a different type of business, and correct legal handling of your damages and injuries requires expertise on the part of your personal injury lawyer.