Ridesharing Accidents and Damages
Ridesharing has become more popular, because it is more convenient and accessible to a big portion of the population, especially to those who are tech-savvy. For this reason, more people are also at risk of ridesharing accidents. If you have been hurt in an accident while riding in an Uber, Lyft, or any other ridesharing service, you may have legal options, such as trying to get compensation from the damages you have sustained.
Possible Damages and Compensations
There are several damages a person can sustain on a ridesharing accident. What makes these damages more tragic is the fact that you are merely a passenger, and the accident has mostly likely been triggered by someone else, such as the ridesharing service driver or any other reckless driver on the road. These damages may include the following:
- Injuries, particularly in the head, neck, and back areas. The more devastating the accident, the worse injury you may sustain, such as brain trauma, whiplash, and spinal cord damage.
- Medical costs, as you are likely to go to a medical establishment with or without injury as a safety precaution.
- Pain and suffering from the injuries and financial damages associated with the ridesharing accident, including post-traumatic stress disorder and other emotional and psychological effects of the traumatic incident.
- Lost wages, as the physical limitations that have resulted from your injuries can prevent you from going to work or performing your tasks efficiently. You can also lose your ability to earn money temporarily or permanently, depending on the severity of your injuries.
- Legal fees, as you try to get representation to insurance companies and courts and help get the compensation you deserve to offset the damages and get more for all the trouble the accident has put in your life.
What to Do After Ridesharing Accidents
Getting involved in an accident while riding in a ridesharing service may be overwhelming, especially if you do not know what to do next. Here are some steps you can follow directly after an accident:
- Relax and do your best to calm your mind, as a calm mind can help you assess the situation better and act accordingly
- Check yourself and your driver for possible injuries and perform first aid to those who may need it
- Call the police and fire departments. Even though there are no injuries, it is also a good idea to call an ambulance as a safety measure.
- Get the information of your driver, such as name, address, phone number, and other relevant details that will help you track him or her if communication is required.
- Contact a lawyer, and if possible, contact one who specializes in ridesharing accidents, so you can get the best consultation and representation