Hurt in a Lyft: What to Do Next
A ride-sharing option such as a Lyft can be a convenient way to get around. Whether you’re on business or vacation, or whether you just need a ride in your own neck of the woods, this option is a great alternative to public transportation or other methods. Of course, riding in a Lyft poses the same risks as driving in your own car. Driver error (from the lift driver or someone else on the road), mechanical problems or weather conditions can lead to an accident. You hope to never be in this situation, but it’s helpful to know what to do if you are, especially if you’re injured.
This may sound obvious, but some people don’t follow it: Never leave the scene of an accident. Whether you’re injured or not, wait at the scene until police officers and other emergency services arrive. The Lyft driver should call 911 in a serious accident; if the incident is minor, the police should still be notified. If the driver is slow to call 911 or is unable, do it yourself.
Get the Drivers’ Information
Regardless of which driver was at fault for the accident and your injuries, you should be entitled to compensation for the subsequent care you receive. Make sure you get detailed information, including the following:
- Your driver’s full name, phone number and address
- Contact information for the other driver
- Insurance information for your driver, including his or her personal insurance and the Lyft company insurance
- Insurance information for the other driver
- Information about the Lyft vehicle you were in
- Contact information of any eyewitnesses
Talk to People and Record Evidence
Police officers will do an official investigation and detail the findings in a report. However, you are entitled to gather your own information from the scene. You should take photos of the Lyft vehicle and others involved in the crash. Take pictures of your injuries and the injuries of anyone who was riding with you. Also, talk to people who may have witnessed the incident.
Contact Lyft Representatives and Insurance Companies
After getting the medical care you need, file a claim with Lyft and with the appropriate insurance companies. Provide as many details as you can about the accident and your injuries.
Work with an Attorney
Medical costs can be steep following a car accident. You shouldn’t have to pay these bills if you were hurt in a Lyft accident. A car accident lawyer, like from Darrell Castle & Associates, can walk you through the process and make sure you get a fair settlement.
Keep these tips in mind the next time you’re in a Lyft. The right actions can give you peace of mind and relieve a lot of stress.