Hailing an Uber is a good way to reach your destination without having to drive yourself. Unfortunately, though, ride-hailing services have also contributed to an increase in the average number of serious car accidents in recent years.
While you can take certain actions to stay safe when riding in an Uber, you may eventually find yourself in the middle of a traffic accident. If that happens, taking three steps may boost your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries and property damage.
1. Call the police
Even if your Uber driver would prefer to sweep the accident under the rug, you should call 911 after any motor vehicle accident. When officers arrive, tell them what you observed. Also, report the collision to Uber through the app or by telephone.
2. Document the accident
While officers may investigate the accident and write a formal report, your account of the crash may fill in the gaps. Consequently, try to take some photographs of the accident scene, vehicle damage and your injuries. Also, request the names and contact details for anyone who may have witnessed the crash.
3. Go to the emergency room
After a car accident, your body’s stress response may play tricks on you. That is, you may not realize you have suffered an injury until hours or even days after the accident. Accordingly, you should always seek a full medical evaluation after an automobile collision. Going to the emergency room is often the easiest way to obtain one.
Because what you do in the moments after an Uber accident may make a considerable difference in your physical and financial recovery, you should have an advance plan for responding to an unexpected crash. For more information, contact us today.