Sometimes it seems obvious what to do if you're in an accident, but when it happens you may be stunned, confused, and even injured. It's important to know ahead of time the best practices so you come out on top. We put together a step by step list to make it easy.
- Call the Police. It's one of the first questions we ask drivers when they call us after an accident: "Did you file a police report?". This is very important because if it wasn't your fault, now you have written proof.
- Be Polite but don't admit fault. If it turns out it wasn't your fault, the other drivers involved in the accident can use that against you.
- Don't move your vehicle unless told to do so.
- Get names, addresses, and telephone numbers of drivers and witnesses. If you had a passenger at the time, it's important you get their contact info before they leave.
- Exchange insurance information with the other drivers.
- Take pictures of the scene. Again this will aid you in the future, should they claim it's your fault when it wasn't.
If you or your passengers are injured:
- Even if you THINK you may be OK, you (and/or your passengers) should always seek medical treatment immediately. It could take days for the pain to sink in, but it doesn't mean you weren't hurt on day one.
- Be specific when describing your injury to medical providers.
- Contact LegalRideshare
I personally speak dozens of rideshare drivers every day and always stress these 9 steps, which were written by our attorneys. We wanted to make it easy for drivers to remember these steps so we put together a printable version here: Download Printable version: LegalRideshare Driver Checklist