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Imagine a day like any other. You’ve decided to head out for some dinner via your favorite ride-sharing service. Your Uber or Lyft arrives and soon you are on your way. You greet your driver, hop in and after a short exchange, you’ve decided on your destination. The Upper West awaits (or perhaps Milo & Olive). The driver is cordial, the ride smooth and uneventful when all of a sudden — an accident occurs.

Your normal evening has now turned into a crisis. What do you do when a situation like this turns into a bout with a personal injury? It always helps to be prepared when it comes to handling the misfortunes of life, and personal safety while using a ride-sharing service is no exception.

Follow these simple tips to protect yourself:

  1. The first and most important thing to remember is not to panic. Panicking solves nothing and may also escalate the situation, so keep a cool head.
  2. Next, inspect your injuries. It’s important to take quick notice of your situation after the incident. Can you move? Are you disoriented? Are you bleeding? If your injuries aren’t life-threatening then make a suggestion to your driver to contact police and paramedics (it is procedure when injuries are significant), likewise, you may also contact them.
  3. Document the situation. Head wounds can cause disorientation so use a cell phone to document as much as possible. This is also important for your legal counsel or authorities to make an accurate assessment of the situation. This includes info such as the driver’s name, photo if possible and their vehicle information, you may also want to document conditions outside of the vehicle.
  4. Contact your representation as soon as practical, especially if you are unsure of how to proceed. The legal experts at Lederer and Nojima are a perfect choice. They are knowledgeable and well versed in the law regarding ride-sharing accidents.

An accident can be a truly traumatic experience, that’s why you need the expertise of experienced legal counsel to get the best compensation that you deserve.

Contact Us now to learn more.

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