When you choose to hire an Uber, Lyft or other rideshare driver, you expect them to drive you to your destination safely. Unfortunately, this industry isn’t well-regulated, and it’s possible to get into a crash even with another party driving you.
If you end up getting into an accident because of their actions or because of another reckless or negligent driver, then you need to know what steps to take next. Here are three tips to remember.
- Involve the police and emergency team
It is possible that the driver could try to brush off the accident and get you not to report it. They may offer to pay for medical care out of their own pocket if they’re at fault. Similarly, a third party could ask if a more minor incident could be ignored. Don’t allow this to happen. Instead, call 911 and wait for help to arrive so the crash can be documented.
- Exchange information at the scene
Once everyone leaves the scene, it’s more complicated to gather their information. At the scene, you should try to collect information such as the driver’s name, address, license number, license plate number, insurance information and other details. Take photos at the scene if you can, and be ready to talk to witnesses when you’re able to.
- Do not admit any kind of fault
As a passenger, it’s unlikely that you could be accused of causing a crash. However, you should not ever indicate that you think you caused the driver to crash or that you believe a certain person is at fault. Never apologize or discuss fault at the scene, because the police and insurance companies will work that issue out for you.
These are a few things to consider as you deal with a rideshare accident. You may be frustrated by what you’re having to go through because of others, but it is possible to get through this incident and to get fair compensation for any injuries that you have. Put your health first, and then look into your legal options for compensation to make a claim.