Convenient and usually reasonably priced, it’s no wonder why rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have taken the world by storm. Today, the rideshare industry is one of the biggest markets in the world, exceeding a net worth of $85 billion. Although these apps provide California residents and visitors alike with affordable and accessible transportation options, placing your safety in the hands of a driver you do not know does not always turn out the way you hope it will.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury in a California rideshare accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. For the best chance at recovering the settlement you deserve for the medical bills, lost wages, and other losses you have endured, follow our essential steps after the crash.
Protect Your Rights After a California Uber or Lyft Accident by Following These Steps
If you are riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle when it gets into an accident, there are several things you can do to protect your rights and help get the compensation you deserve. After the crash, try to remember to complete these steps:
After a rideshare accident, it is easy to let your emotions get the best of you. Panicking is not helpful and could put you at a greater risk of doing or saying something you might regret later. Avoid aggressive behaviors like yelling, name-calling, or becoming physically violent. Stay calm, and treat all involved parties with respect.
Stay at the Scene
If you are able to do so, check yourself and others for injuries. Immediately inform emergency personnel of the crash and any injuries or fatalities that you are aware of. When law enforcement arrives, stay calm, courteous and provide them with accurate information.
Take detailed photos while you are at the accident scene, if it is safe to do so. Photos of the following items could help to prove your claim later on:
- The vehicle you were riding in
- Any other vehicles involved
- Your visible injuries
- Damage to any involved vehicles
- The location of the vehicles, if they are in their original location
- Debris or brake marks on the roadway
- Any damaged property
- The overall scene of the crash
Gather Contact Information
Be sure to collect the following information from your rideshare driver, other involved drivers, and very importantly, witnesses:
- Phone number
- Driver’s license number
- Insurance policy information (if applicable)
- License plate number (if applicable)
- Vehicle identification number (if applicable)
If the involved parties are not complying, law enforcement will be able to help.
Seek Medical Treatment
Whether you need emergency medical attention, or a check up for peace of mind, seeking medical attention as soon as practicable after the accident is key. A medical professional will be able to accurately diagnose and document your injuries. The medical documentation will help support your rideshare accident injury claim should you choose to pursue compensation.
Obtain Legal Representation From a Skilled California Rideshare Accident Lawyer
Get competent legal representation. Whether you were injured, or you lost a loved one in an Uber or Lyft accident, a rideshare accident attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve, including your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
At Benchmark Injury Law, our team of personal injury lawyers and case managers works diligently to protect the rights of rideshare accident victims in California. Contact our office today for a complimentary consultation by calling (949) 504-9031 or completing our contact form.