In many ways, it’s convenient to use a car service such as Uber. You don’t have to worry about fighting traffic, finding a place to park or navigating confusing streets. Of course, just like if you were behind the wheel of your own vehicle, an Uber isn’t immune to collisions and incidents on the road. If the accident is serious enough that you suffer injuries, make sure you take the appropriate steps.
After an Uber accident, the last thing you want to do is leave the scene. Even if your injuries are mild, you still may incur some medical bills to cover treatment and evaluations. You’re not likely to get the financial help you need if you fled the area right after the incident. Plus, you could get into some legal trouble for not staying put.
Obtain Vital Information
After the accident, make sure you get the name and contact information of the driver. You should also do the same with anyone else involved in the accident. This includes other passengers in your Uber as well as the other driver involved and passengers in that car.
Talk to Witnesses
It’s also helpful to interview people who may have seen the crash. Get their perspective on how the collision occurred, who may have been at fault and what other important factors were present. Get the contact information from these bystanders in case you or your lawyer wants to speak to them later. If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit, this information can help determine which party you sue.
You should also collect your own evidence of the accident. Take photos of the damage the Uber suffered, along with damage to other vehicles. Take pictures of your injuries, or have someone take them for you.
Make a Statement to Police Officers
Make sure someone notifies the law enforcement authorities after the crash. When officers arrive, you should give details about the crash to the best of your knowledge. Be honest and accurate, and don’t make any accusations. Simply state exactly what happened.
Get Medical Attention
Emergency medical personnel will likely be on the scene. Allow these professionals to check your vital signs and examine you. If your injuries are severe, you should head to the hospital. For moderate or minor injuries, go to your family doctor. Do not brush aside any physical effects you suffered.
Follow these guidelines after an Uber accident. You can protect yourself and increase your chances of getting the financial help you need.