More and more people rely on rideshare services, such as Lyft or Uber, to get around Los Angeles.
Although only .1% of rides end with a safety-related issue, according to Uber, accidents still happen. If you happen to fall in that small percentage, take the following steps.
1. Seek medical help
While some injuries clearly present themselves after an accident, many take time to rear their ugly heads. Even if you think have no issues, call 911 and visit a doctor as soon as possible. The initial shock of the incident may hide the symptoms of back, neck and brain injuries. Getting prompt medical care also ensures you have proper documentation of the injury.
2. Gather evidence
A rideshare accident comes with added complexity, making it more important than ever to gather as much evidence as possible. This includes getting the names of everyone involved and potential witnesses, insurance information, and noting the specific details of the event. If possible, take pictures or videos of the interior and exterior of the vehicles and any injuries.
3. File a claim
Like any other accident, you want to file a claim to cover the cost of any potential injuries. In California, you have two years to do so, although sooner often comes with better results. Depending on the situation, you may have the right to make a claim against the driver and rideshare company. The latter often comes with significantly more challenges in proving negligence.
Injuries from car accidents often have long-lasting effects. As a victim, you have the right to get compensation.