Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have become everyone’s go-to travel option to get from one point to another throughout the city. And, why not? They are convenient and they save time. Nobody really thinks twice about grabbing one of these rideshares — until an accident occurs.
Here are five steps to take if you have been involved in a rideshare accident in Florida.
Step One: Seek Medical Attention
It’s essential to seek medical attention after an accident, whether via 911 or by visiting a doctor on your own. Note that sometimes injuries may not be evident immediately following the accident but can creep up later. To ensure you’re compensated fairly, you need to take the necessary precautions. And, while you are at it, keep records of all your doctor visits, invoices, referrals, etc.
Step Two: File an Accident Report
If an accident occurred, the local police need to be made aware so that a report can be filed. This will help with any future claims for damages or legal proceedings that may ensue. In addition to the police, you will want to make Uber, Lyft, or whichever rideshare company you are using is aware of the accident. This can usually be done easily online or via their app.
Step Three: Document Everything
Although the police will be making their own report, it’s always a good idea to use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene, including any damage and injuries. If there are witnesses, try to gather their names and contact information, too.
Step Four: Do Not Negotiate with the Insurance Company
The insurance company will try to reach out to you and settle immediately following the accident. And their settlement offer is going to be very low. It’s important to remember that they’re looking to protect their own interests and the interest of their client – not yours.
No matter how tempting it may be to accept the money the insurance company will try dangling in front of you, don’t – especially without seeking legal advice first.
In fact, before you talk to anyone, you should hire a lawyer.
Step Five: Hire a Lawyer
A lawyer with rideshare accident experience will understand who to sue for damages – and just how much those damages are worth. They are the professionals in handling insurance adjusters and negotiating a settlement you deserve. And, if the insurance company doesn’t agree? Your attorney may take the next step by filing a lawsuit. No matter what happens, your attorney is the one who holds your best interest.
Getting in an accident can happen in the blink of an eye. By following these steps – and with a lawyer by your side – you will be on the road to receiving the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been in an accident, contact Winston Law and our team can help you assess your case and the next steps. Reach out immediately via our “live chat,” email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-475-9666 or 800-475-4206.