Whether it’s a quick commute or a city-to-city caper, rideshare services have made it easier than ever to get around. However, as these drivers often feel immense pressure to complete trips quickly and earn more money, they may take risks in their efforts to shorten the time between A and B.
If you were hurt in a wreck involving a rideshare driver, you might not know what to do next. After all, when you drop a pin, the last thing you are probably expecting is a trip to the emergency room.
In this article, we look at a few actions you should take after a rideshare wreck:
1. Visit the Doctor
You might not think your injuries are particularly serious, but this doesn’t mean you should forgo visiting the doctor. It’s possible that you suffered an impact injury that has yet to manifest symptoms, or that the adrenaline rush sparked by the collision is masking some of the pain you’re experiencing. As such, you should undergo a comprehensive medical assessment as soon as possible.
Failing to take this important step isn’t just detrimental to your health, but could also lead to disputes. For instance, if it took weeks for you to seek treatment after the wreck, the insurer might have room to argue that your injuries can’t be as serious as you claim as you didn’t require immediate medical attention.
2. Gather Evidence
The accident scene is a potential treasure trove of evidence that could be used to support your claim, so it’s important to comb the crash site for any proof you can find. Using your smartphone, you should take photographs of the vehicles involved, the rideshare driver’s company sticker, your injuries, road markings, debris from the wreck, street signs, and any other elements that could help your attorney determine what happened.
Additionally, if anyone saw the accident take place, you should note down their names and contact numbers as their statements could help strengthen your personal injury case. You should also look out for surveillance cameras as these devices may have captured footage of the moment before, during, and after impact. If you were rushed to the hospital, you should ask a friend or family member to take the steps listed above on your behalf.
3. Lay Low on Social Media
Many claimants aren’t aware that their social media activity could harm their claim, leaving them at risk of posting something online that could give the insurer ammunition to discredit their credibility. As such, you should be careful about how you use sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In most situations, it’s probably best to disable your social media profiles for the duration of proceedings. Taking this step can prevent the insurer from scouring your feeds.
Speak to a Detroit Rideshare Accident Attorney Today
Did your last Uber or Lyft trip end in a wreck? Turn to the legal team at Seva Law Firm. We can help investigate the accident to determine who was at fault and take steps to help you build your claim. If you choose to hire us, our rideshare accident attorneys will be on hand to guide you at every stage of proceedings. Call us today at (248) 385-5704 or drop us a message using our contact form HERE to request a free case evaluation with a Michigan rideshare accident attorney.