Uber, Lyft, and other rideshares are a convenient platform with many upsides. But what happens if there is an accident and you sustain a rideshare injury? Insurance claims for Uber and Lyft injuries can be complicated affairs. We have broken down how various coverages work in rideshare accidents in another blog. Here, we will discuss what steps you should take immediately after a rideshare injury.
Take Care of Your Health First and Foremost
The most important factor in any rideshare injury is your own wellbeing. If you have been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. They will assess your injuries and provide any care or relief you may need. Sometimes, after an accident, injuries may not present themselves immediately. Injuries like whiplash, for instance, can take a couple days to show symptoms. This is another reason why it is important to see a doctor. When it comes to your health, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Additionally, a doctor’s thorough report of your injuries could be valuable evidence should you end up pursuing a personal injury suit down the road.
Contact the Rideshare Company and Collect Insurance Info
If you have been involved in an accident while riding Uber or Lyft, you should report the incident to the rideshare company. You can report accidents directly through the Uber and Lyft apps. However, it is important only to report the accident. Do not give statements or agree to any settlement prior to speaking with a rideshare accident attorney. You should also collect insurance and contact information from your driver, as well as any other drivers or persons involved in the accident. There are many factors that determine whose insurance will be responsible for any potential damages, which is why it’s best to cover all your bases out of the gate.
Results of an Uber or Lyft Injury
The law protects individuals injured due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person. Individuals may be due compensation for:
Pain and suffering
Damage to property
Loss of wages or missing work
Decrease in quality of life
You can learn more about different types of damages in personal injury cases here.
Speak With a Rideshare Injury Attorney
Following an accident, you should schedule a consultation with a rideshare accident lawyer as soon as possible. Particularly with accidents involving Uber or Lyft, legal matters like who is at fault and who will be responsible for damages can become complex. In the grand scheme of things, rideshare injury lawsuits are still fairly new and uncharted territory. That’s why you want to make sure you have an attorney on your side that understands these types of suits and has worked on them before. For example, in some cases you may want to contact your own insurance company to inform them of the accident. In others, that might not be necessary or even advisable. In normal car accident lawsuits, injured people have to deal with the insurance companies. In rideshare accidents, you have to navigate both the insurance companies and the rideshare companies. At the end of the day, these businesses are designed to make money. They will often not make it easy to receive the full compensation you are due for your injuries. You should make sure you take care of your health first and foremost. After that, the most important thing is making sure you have the right advice and representation to pursue an injury settlement.
Bloom Legal is New Orleans’ Uber and Lyft Injury Attorneys
If you have been involved in an accident involving an Uber, Lyft, taxi, or rideshare service, you may be due compensation for your injuries. At Bloom Legal, we have been handling these types of cases almost as long as Uber and Lyft have existed. We understand the various nuances and particularities of these types of accident cases, and we have a proven track record with getting our clients the money they deserve. Give us a call today for a free consultation. We understand the heavy toll an injury can take on your life, family, and wallet. We will help you get the money you deserve, so you can get back on your feet as quickly and painlessly as possible.