#1: Stay calm. Really. A slow deep breath will help you stay safe and think clearly.
#2: If you’ve been injured, get medical attention as soon as possible. This protects both your health and your rights if you need to make an insurance claim.
#3: Follow the Accident Checklist below.
No longer at the scene?
Complete what you can on the Checklist below. Click here for extra tips.
Auto Accident Checklist:
Get the driver’s:
- Name of the vehicle owner if not the same as the driver
- Names of any passengers
- Vehicle make, model and license plate number
- Insurance information: company name, policy number and phone number to call for claims
- (it’s a good idea to take a photo of the other driver’s insurance card and driver’s license, and to let them do the same)
- Call the police and file a police report (if the police don’t come, go to them to file the report).
- Take photos.
- Other witnesses: ask for their contact information, and also ask if they are willing to speak to police and insurance companies.
- Stay calm and listen: get as much information as you can.
- Call your local DMV (or visit their website) to see what else is needed if you’ve been in an accident.
- Be nice: an auto accident is frightening and upsetting for everyone. You’re not giving up your rights by being polite and compassionate.
- That said, don’t admit fault. No need to lie, but no need to fall on your sword, either!
It’s important to remember that if the Uber or Lyft driver was en route to a customer or with a customer, the rideshare insurance company is their primary insurance contact. Here’s more information about who covers the driver, and when.
What if you’re no longer at the scene of the accident?
If that’s so, take some time to write down (or record with a voice recorder) everything you can remember while the event is still fresh in your mind. Make a note of every detail you can think of.
Whether this is an Uber/Lyft/Rideshare-related accident or not:
If you didn’t do the above steps at the scene of the accident, do everything you can to do them as soon as possible!
NOTE: We’ve put these pages together to help you be an informed consumer and claimant, no matter how you choose to handle your accident claim. We invite you to poke around and learn more about your rights and the changing landscape of rideshare accident law.
If you are an Uber, Lyft or other rideshare driver, we highly recommend this post on The Rideshare Guy website—What to do in case of an accident.
Attorneys Brian Breiter or Mark Rubashkin will talk to you and help you figure out the best course of action for your case. We’re here for you.
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