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Five Things to Do After a Rideshare Accident in South Dakota

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2022 | Car Accidents

The popularity of Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies has made chauffeurs of many drivers who don’t have chauffeurs’ licenses nor professional training behind the wheel. That means there are bound to be accidents caused by rideshare drivers.

What to Do After an Uber Crash

If you’re injured in a wreck caused by a negligent rideshare driver, you should take certain steps to strengthen and protect your insurance claim for the damages you’ve suffered in the crash: medical expenses, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering. We recommend doing the following.

Report the Accident

If you’re physically able to do so after the crash, move to a safe area and call 911. Stay at the scene and wait for law enforcement to arrive and make an official accident report, which will prove that your accident happened and provide information vital to your damage claim. You should also report the accident to the rideshare company, which is required by law to carry liability insurance with high coverage limits and could be a defendant in your case.

Collect Evidence

Try to take photographs of all vehicles involved in the wreck, especially their visible damage and licenses plates. Pictures of your injuries, the scene, skid marks, and damaged guard rails or poles are also helpful.

Seek Medical Attention

Your injuries may not be noticeable immediately after the accident. The adrenalin produced by the stress of the crash could mask symptoms of whiplash, organ damage, internal bleeding, and other issues. Even if you don’t feel that you’re seriously hurt, see a doctor as soon as possible for an exam and diagnostic testing, so you can begin treatment immediately and get documentation of your injuries, which is vital to your insurance claim.

Do Not Admit Fault

Don’t argue with the other driver(s) or discuss the accident with anyone other than the police who complete the accident report. If contacted by an insurance adjuster, give only basic information and do not admit any fault, complete or partial, to anyone. Do not post anything about your accident or injuries on social media.

Contact an Attorney

Filing an insurance claim in a rideshare accident is more complicated than it is in a crash with a private vehicle. There could be multiple defendants liable for your damages: the driver, the rideshare company, a negligent mechanic, or a parts manufacturer. An experienced car accident lawyer will know how to deal with multiple insurers and seek fair compensation while you focus on recovery. Contact us online or call us at 605-644-5003 to schedule a free consultation. You pay no attorney fees until we win your case.