It’s no secret that ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft are more popular than ever right now. In 2016 and 2017, over half of our entire country used one of these apps — and we’d bet that they’ve most likely used both. You might be savvy about using Uber and Lyft on a regular basis, but do you know what to do if you get into an accident while riding as a passenger in one of these ridesharing vehicles?
At Neufeld, Kleinberg, & Pinkiert, P.A., a personal injury law firm in South Florida, wants to make sure our community is well-versed and knowledgeable about this important topic of concern. Think about how scary it can be getting into a car accident when you’re the driver — now think about how scary it can be when you’re just a passenger, and not sure how to handle what comes next. If you’re the victim of a ridesharing accident, it’s crucial you know >what to do immediately following the incident.
Take note that the main steps taken after a ridesharing are not much different than those you’d take if you got in an accident in your own vehicle. First and foremost, always call the proper authorities right away so an accident report can be filed; this is for insurance purposes and also to determine who is at-fault. if you are injured, get to the emergency room or urgent care as quickly as possible. You don’t want to risk further injury, and your documented visit to a healthcare provider will play an important role when filing your personal injury claim. You may not see or feel signs of injury right away, but delayed symptoms may occur days, or even weeks, later. Do consider going to see a medical professional after a car accident, no matter what. Take photos of everything — both the scene of the accident and the vehicles involved, and the damage done. You should also take a screenshot of your open Uber or Lyft app that shows all of your driver’s information. You’ll also want to get all pertinent information from the other party involved — including any and all witnesses.
Now is the time to call a personal injury law firm such as NKP. Timing is everything when it comes to cases like these; if you wait too long and a vehicle is either disposed of or repaired, you may lose your window of opportunity to have the vehicle’s damages inspects to prove fault.
From the moment after the accident occurs, it’s important not to discuss its details with anyone — especially on social media. This could harm your case in more ways than one. If you’re claiming to be injured from the accident, and two days later you post a photo on Facebook while you’re at the gym or playing a sport, it could be used as evidence against you to dispute your claim. We don’t want this to happen to you.
If you are involved in a ridesharing accident in South Florida, contact us for a free consultation. NKP’s team of expert attorneys have years of experience in car accidents and car accident injuries, and now have become experts in the laws involving Uber and Lyft. They are ready to help protect your rights and get you the proper compensation. Call 305-931-6666 or 954-523-8292 to speak with one of our skilled personal injury attorneys today.