Ride-hailing services such as Lyft, Uber, Via and Alto have made commuting around cities and towns more convenient. With just a few taps on your smartphone, you can request a ride and be on your way in minutes.
While ride-hailing services make for an accessible and convenient commute, they also may lead to motor vehicle accidents and increases in traffic fatalities, according to research from the University of Chicago.
Steps to take post-accident
Like any other car accident, if you experience a motor vehicle crash while using a ride-hailing service, seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not have visible injuries. Report the accident to the police and the ride-hailing company. If it is safe to do so, document the accident scene with videos and photographs of the vehicles involved, the weather conditions and the area of the accident. Also include pictures of your injuries and their healing progression.
Keep track of all medical bills, accident-related expenses, police reports and correspondence from the ride-hailing company.
How to prevent ride-hailing accidents
While accidents can happen at any time and for many reasons, the following are some precautions you can take to lessen your risk of a ride-hailing accident:
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Make sure your driver pays attention to the road
- Check the driver’s ratings and reviews before accepting the ride
- Avoid distractions such as engaging the driver in conversation while in the car
By taking steps to protect your health and your legal interests, you can receive adequate medical care and the compensation you deserve.