What’s the first thing you should do after a rideshare accident?
Have you ever been involved in a car accident? If so, you probably already have an idea of what to do and how the insurance companies of both drivers involved enter the situation.
If you suffer an accident while riding as a passenger on a shared trip, the situation becomes a little more complicated. In this case, at least three insurance companies will be involved:
The insurance of the shared trip driver
The insurance from the rideshare company
The insurance of the other driver or drivers involved
To facilitate this process, we will explain below what are the steps to follow.
Like any other accident, the first thing to do is make sure you are okay. Check for any significant injuries and whether you can move around, and if you can, check carefully to see if anyone else needs help.
In case of injury, call emergency services immediately. Getting medical attention is the main thing to do after an accident has occurred. This will also leave an official record of the injuries sustained at the scene of the accident. However, remember that injuries often do not develop immediately; some may take hours, days, or even months to appear. Therefore, never declare that you are healthy until you have spoken with a doctor.
Call the police. It will be essential that there is a police report of the accident that occurred. All of these reports are crucial in personal injury lawsuits, so be sure to cover all the bases.
Immediately report the accident to the ridesharing app you’ve been using, explain the situation to them, and let them know where you are.
Gather the contact information of the app driver, the other driver, and the respective insurance companies. If possible, also gather the contact information of any witness or witnesses who saw the accident.
Take pictures. Photographs can be significant evidence in the legal process. Take photos of everything you can: how the cars ended up, the injuries, the traffic signs you might find around you, and anything that might help you understand what the vehicles were expected to do there and what happened.
Finally, if you have been injured, you must contact an experienced and specialized attorney.