If you have ever been involved in a car accident, you already know that the moments immediately following the wreck can be disorienting and confusing. But there are a few things that everyone should be sure to do immediately following a car crash. This is also very important if you are involved in a wreck with an Uber or Lyft vehicle, as there are special considerations that need to be taken into account when dealing with rideshare companies. Here are the steps you need to take following a rideshare accident.
- Get help—The first thing that anyone should do following any type of car accident is notify the authorities and, if necessary, paramedics. If you are injured in any way, you should call 911 immediately. It is also usually a good idea to get checked out by a medical professional even if you are not showing any immediate signs of injury. Sometimes an injury may take some time to become apparent and you want to get checked out first so that you don’t suffer long-term issues later on. In addition, the police should be called so that they can fill out a detailed accident report for insurance purposes and help to ascertain who is at fault in the crash.
- Get information—Another major step is to get the information of the other driver involved in the wreck. This should include things like their name, driver’s license number, and insurance information. If they are transporting passengers, you should be sure to find out if they are a rideshare driver and, if so, be sure to get the contact information for their rideshare company. If you are a rideshare passenger who is injured, you should get your driver’s information. Finally, be sure to talk to any witnesses to the accident and get their names and phone numbers as they may need to be called as witnesses.
- Get pictures—Almost everyone these days is carrying a cellphone with a digital camera. That should make it easy to get pictures of the accident scene including the position of the vehicles, the damage done, and other surroundings including skid marks.
- Call an attorney—The final step is to contact an attorney who has experience handling rideshare accident cases. You may not have any plans to bring forth an immediate lawsuit, but you still need to speak with a lawyer who can apprise you of your rights and help to protect you should the case go to court.
Accidents can be downright terrifying, but the aftermath is sometimes even worse as it can be filled with uncertainty and doubt. That is why the law firm of Wolf & Pravato is available to help you determine your rights and your legal standing, especially in the new and confusing realm of rideshare litigation. Don’t let an accident ruin your life and livelihood; instead, contact our experienced lawyers for a consultation.