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I was involved in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Lyft/Uber accident. What should I do?

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If you have been involved in a rideshare accident and sustained injuries you should seek medical attention. After seeking medical attention, it is crucial to hire a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can communicate with insurance companies on your behalf, pursue compensation and protect your rights.

Seek Medical Attention If You Are Injured

Depending on the severity of the impact, it is possible that you sustained external or internal injuries. Common external injuries after motor vehicle crashes include lacerations, burns, head injuries and bruises. However, even if you did not walk away with any visible injuries, that does not mean you are out of harm’s way just yet. Internal injuries can silently wreak havoc on accident victims and become life-threatening. Types of internal injuries that are often sustained in car accidents include trauma to the brain and spine, whiplash and internal bleeding.

Receiving prompt medical care post-crash can make the difference between a temporary and permanent injury. An example of this is a brain injury. Failure to diagnose a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to long-term headaches, depression and fatigue. Whether your injury is internal or external, delaying medical care may increase the severity of an injury.

In addition, waiting to seek medical attention after a rideshare crash may be used against you. When you file a claim, the insurance company will investigate your medical records. A delay in seeking medical advice could impede your ability to obtain compensation and get your medical bills paid. If you are being denied compensation, a personal injury lawyer can negotiate with the insurer and provide evidence to prove the extent of your injuries.

Get A Personal Injury Lawyer

It is not a good idea to wait until your claim has been denied to contact a lawyer. If you have been injured in a car accident, calling a lawyer should be one of the first things on your to-do list. Accident lawyers can provide insight regarding your rights and responsibilities as a crash victim. They also have the skills and knowledge needed to fight for any compensation you may be entitled to receive. An attorney can investigate your claim, compile evidence and present the evidence to the insurer.

The longer you wait to hire a lawyer the more evidence can disappear. The car in question may be disposed of, and critical evidence can be lost if the car is scraped. In addition, memories of those involved and those of witnesses can fade. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the greater the opportunity you will have to gather the evidence you need to make a successful claim.

Finding a lawyer you are comfortable with is vital. Before hiring a lawyer, it can be a good idea to:

  • Consult with your network and obtain recommendations
  • Research the attorney’s credentials
  • Find out the attorney’s reputation in the community
  • Consider the lawyer’s history and knowledge in personal injury laws
  • Learn how often they handle motor vehicle accident cases

Personal injury lawyers collect contingency fees. If they do not obtain compensation on your behalf they do not receive attorney’s fees. Do not hesitate to contact a lawyer because you believe you cannot afford one.

Do Not Speak To The Insurance Company

You may be contacted by one or multiple insurance adjusters and investigators depending on the parties involved. Remember that your phone calls and communication with insurers may be recorded. Any statements you make can be held against you. All communications with insurance companies should go through your lawyer.

Understand Your Rights And Coverage

You are protected and covered in accidents involving Lyft and Uber. The rideshare companies often carry as much as $1,000,000 in liability insurance and $1,000,000 in crashes where the other driver involved is uninsured or underinsured. Any protections under your own underinsured/uninsured motorist insurance stack to any protections that are available with Lyft or Uber.

You should have a clear understanding of your coverage and right to compensation in rideshare accidents. A lawyer can assist you in the process and fight for what you are entitled to receive.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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