Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services have become increasingly popular in recent years. If you are like nearly 40% of the population, you occasionally or regularly use one of these services. As a passenger in a ride-hailing vehicle, you may eventually find yourself in the middle of a serious accident
You may be able to pursue financial compensation from the individual who caused the accident or from the ride-hailing service. To boost your chances of receiving what you deserve, take the following four steps after an accident in a ride-hailing vehicle.
1. Report the accident
Despite what the driver asks you to do, you should always call the police and the ride-hailing service to report the accident. The responding police officer will likely investigate the accident and write a report that may be useful to you.
2. Collect photographic evidence
Even though an officer may prepare a report, you can help fill in the gaps with photographic evidence. Provided you can do so without endangering yourself or others, use your smartphone’s camera to take photographs of property damage, your injuries and the overall accident scene.
3. Visit the emergency room
You may not realize you have suffered a serious injury immediately. Accordingly, you should go to the emergency room and ask a doctor to examine you. During your examination, tell the physician how the accident unfolded and describe your symptoms and medical history.
4. Think twice before settling
Following the crash, you are likely to receive a settlement offer from an insurance company. Accepting this offer may have serious consequences, unfortunately. Therefore, you should be certain you understand the offer and have explored all your options before agreeing to settle.