Since the rise of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft, there has been a significant increase in the number of accidents involving these vehicles. Since many people use their personal car for work purposes, it’s important to know what to do if you get into an accident while using one of these services. Here is some information about what steps you should take after your accident and how we can help.
First, alert the proper authorities. Just like any accident, you should notify the local police so that the accident report can be filed and an accident investigation can begin. It will also be important to notify uber or lyft so that they can also begin their investigation.
Next, if it can be done safely and without furthering any potential injuries, try to document whatever is possible. Use your cell phone to take as many photos as possible so that they can be used as evidence during the investigation process. Once these photos are taken, ensure they are backed up by emailing them to yourself.
Then, be sure to be checked out by a medical professional. Often, injuries and pain are not evident until the following day after an accident. A medical professional will be able to assess common injuries based on what type of accident you were in.
After any potential injuries are documented, be sure to contact an injury lawyer. Beyond potentially being compensated for your injuries, your attorney can also act as a layer of protection between you and other professionals that have been hired.
Finally, do not speak to insurance companies or the driver’s attorneys without your attorney present. Remember that everyone else’s attorneys are working to protect their interests, not yours. Saying the wrong terminology can hurt the ongoing investigation and not be in your favor.
Above all, try your hardest to remain calm. Accidents can be devastating, especially when you’ve put your trust into a service and another driver. When our emotions get the best of us, we make irrational decisions that don’t serve us well in the long run. In the end, it’s best to make sure you document as much as possible on the scene, with a medical professional and with your attorney. If you have questions about an accident involving Uber or Lyft in the Philadelphia area, feel free to get in touch with our office.