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Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have changed the way many of us get from place to place, and you likely do not give it a second thought when you see a rideshare sign prominently displayed in a vehicle’s windshield. Unfortunately, rideshare drivers can sometimes cause accidents that injure their passengers, other motorists, or anyone else unlucky enough to be in the area.

In many cases, people who are hurt by rideshare drivers can file a claim against the rideshare company they were working for at the time the accident occurred. That said, getting compensation is a complicated process, and there are many potential pitfalls along the way. Below, we discuss four mistakes to avoid after a rideshare accident. For more information, contact our office today to speak with a California car accident attorney.

1. Failing to Seek Immediate Medical Attention

One of the most significant mistakes you can make after a rideshare accident is neglecting to seek immediate medical attention, even if you believe your injuries are minor. Some injuries, such as whiplash or internal injuries, may not manifest symptoms right away but can worsen over time. Delaying medical care can not only jeopardize your health but also weaken your personal injury claim. Insurance companies may argue that your injuries are not as severe as you claim if you didn’t seek prompt medical treatment.

2. Accepting a Settlement Before Talking to a Lawyer

Another critical mistake is accepting a settlement offer from the rideshare company or insurance company before consulting with a lawyer. Insurance companies may offer quick settlements to resolve the case swiftly and save money, but these initial offers are often far less than what you may be entitled to for your injuries and damages. Without the guidance of an experienced attorney,you may inadvertently accept a settlement that doesn’t adequately cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It’s essential to have legal counsel review any settlement offers to ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses.

3. Admitting Fault or Discussing the Accident on Social Media

Avoid admitting fault or discussing the accident on social media. Anything you say or post online can be used against you in a personal injury case. Insurance companies and opposing legal teams often search for evidence that can be used to undermine your claim. It’s best to refrain from making statements about the accident on social media and to consult with an attorney before speaking with insurance companies.

4. Not Contacting an Experienced Rideshare Accident Attorney

Perhaps the most significant mistake you can make after a rideshare accident is failing to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in personal injury cases involving rideshare companies. Rideshare accident claims can be complex due to the involvement of multiple parties, including the rideshare driver, the rideshare company, and other drivers. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if necessary, pursue a lawsuit to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.

Contact Us Today for a Free Case Evaluation with a California Rideshare Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered injuries in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer as soon as you can. In many cases, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or other motorists who are affected by rideshare accidents can recover compensation for their losses. To schedule your free case evaluation with a car accident lawyer, call our office today or contact us online.

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