What should I do immediately after a rideshare accident?

The moments following a rideshare accident can be chaotic and overwhelming. The steps you take in the aftermath, however, can have significant implications for your potential claim. Let’s walk through the actions that are important to secure your rights and interests.

Stay Calm and Composed

The first step is to stay calm. In the wake of an accident, emotions may run high, but it’s crucial to maintain composure. This allows you to think clearly and make smart decisions that protect your interests.

Safety First

Check for immediate danger. If your vehicle is causing a hazard and it’s safe to move it, you should try to relocate it to a safer location. Remember, safety comes first.

Notify the Authorities

Once you are safe, call 911 to report the accident. It’s important to have the police document the scene, assess any injuries, and generate a report. This official record can play a significant role in establishing the facts of the incident.

Document the Scene

If you’re able to, gather as much information as you can from the accident scene. This could include:

  • Photos of the accident scene, including damage to all vehicles involved, the positioning of the vehicles, skid marks, and any other details that may help depict the situation.
  • Photos of your injuries, if any are visible.
  • The contact and insurance information of all other parties involved in the accident.
  • The contact information of any witnesses.

Seek Medical Attention

After a crash, adrenaline can often mask the symptoms of injury. It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you don’t immediately feel hurt. In many cases, injuries from car accidents become apparent hours or even days after the collision.

Engage Legal Assistance

The moments after a rideshare accident are fraught with stress and uncertainty. Having a seasoned legal team by your side can make all the difference. Legal professionals can guide you through the process, ensuring that no stone is left unturned. They can also help you navigate discussions with insurance companies and protect your rights, advocating for them every step of the way.

Report the Incident

After consulting with an attorney, report the accident to the rideshare company. If you do hire a personal injury attorney, he or she can assist with this. Companies like Uber and Lyft have specific policies and procedures for accidents that occur during a rideshare. Failing to report the accident can complicate the claims process later.

Contact The Ruth Law Team

If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of a rideshare accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to The Ruth Law Team at (888) 783-8378. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to handle these complex cases and are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve.

In addition, you can visit us by appointment at one of our Florida Law Offices, Minnesota Law Offices, or Georgia Law Offices.

As with any legal matter, it’s important to note that each case is unique. The specific actions you should take may vary based on your situation, and this information is intended as a general overview rather than legal advice. Always consult with an attorney for accurate, personalized guidance.