4 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Rideshare Accident Claim
Rideshare services are quick, convenient, and cost-effective. However, the drivers behind the wheels of these modern “taxis” are sometimes inexperienced, distracted, or even driving under the influence. This often leads to devastating accidents that can leave victims facing steep medical costs and time off work.
In the aftermath of a rideshare accident, it’s easy to get emotional and make mistakes that will later compromise your ability to obtain compensation. In this article, we discuss common errors passengers make when filing rideshare accident claims and how to avoid them:
Giving a Statement to the Insurance Company
After you report a rideshare accident to the insurer, the claims adjuster may rush to make contact and obtain a statement. While the adjuster might sound friendly, keep in mind that he or she works for the insurance company. They may try to elicit statements that can dispute your claim.
You should not give a statement to the other party’s insurer (or your own) without first consulting with a rideshare accident attorney.
Ignoring Your Doctor’s Orders
After any car accident, you should get medical treatment as soon as you can. A doctor will assess your condition, document the injuries you sustained, and prescribe treatments. At this point, it’s important for you to follow all of the doctor’s orders because failing to attend follow-ups, not taking prescribed medications, or stopping medical treatment not only could slow down recovery but also could give the insurer ammunition to contest your claim on the basis of a failure to mitigate damages.
Posting About Your Case Online
Insurance companies often will exploit every opportunity they can find to reduce or deny a car accident claim. In many situations, this can include using information obtained from scouring social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. While it’s tempting to share the details of your rideshare accident with followers and friends, this information might later be used as evidence against you during negotiations with insurers. If you did a post about your accident, it’s important to inform your attorney of all social media activity related to the collision.
Failing to Track Damages
It’s vital to start tracking damages from day one. There are various factors that will come into play when approximating a fair settlement. The strength of your claim will ultimately come down to the evidence. Keep any documentation that can be used to prove the existence and value of costs arising from the accident.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Rideshare Accident Lawyer
Have you involved in a rideshare accident? At Attorneys for All, we can connect you with a lawyer in your area. They will review your case in a free consultation. You won’t have to pay anything to get the advice you need to make informed decisions. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (281) 475-4535 to get started.