What to Do After a Nashville Car Crash
Here's what you should know, including how Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers' accomplished legal team can assist you.
Call the Police
Call the Metro Nashville Police Department to report the crash and summon an ambulance to provide emergency medical care for anyone who is injured. Make sure to inform the dispatcher of any injuries, as the department announced in April 2021 that it would no longer automatically respond to minor, non-injury, "fender-bender"-type accidents. Unless your injuries require immediate medical assistance, stay on the scene until the police have completed their report and find out how you can get a copy for your records.
Get the Rideshare Driver's Information and Notify the Company
Ask the rideshare driver for their name, contact information, insurance information, and Uber or Lyft identification number, then contact the rideshare company (check for an emergency contact icon in the app) to notify them of the accident. However, don't discuss the details of the crash or your injuries without an attorney present.
Gather Important Evidence
If your injuries allow, take photos and videos at the scene of the accident, making sure to capture the locations of the involved vehicles and any visible damages, as well as any road or weather conditions that may have contributed to the crash. Take statements and contact information from witnesses so your lawyer can contact them later, if necessary. It may also be helpful to write down anything you remember about the accident while the incident is fresh in your mind.
Seek Prompt Medical Attention
See a doctor for a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible, even if your injuries feel relatively minor. In some cases, it can take hours or even days for all accident-related injuries to appear. If your doctor knows you were in an accident, they can be on the lookout for signs of late-appearing injuries and prescribe the appropriate treatments.
Seeking prompt medical care is key. The longer you wait to see a doctor, the greater the chances that the insurance company handling your claim will try to attribute your injuries to other causes. Additionally, attend all follow-up appointments and follow your doctor's treatment plan as prescribed.
Keep Track of Your Rideshare Receipt, Medical Bills, and Other Expenses
Screenshot your rideshare receipt and any other information in your Uber or Lyft app that's related to the accident. You will also want to keep your medical bills and receipts for any other expenses, such as medically necessary travel, home accessibility modifications, and out-of-pocket costs. Keep all of the receipts for your accident-related expenses together so that you can review them with your injury attorney.
Consult and Hire a Skilled Nashville Rideshare Accident Lawyer
Though the recovery process for rideshare accidents and traditional crashes is similar, there are important differences, such as liability considerations. Because Uber and Lyft classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees, they may escape liability for accidents and the resulting injuries. However, these companies do cover crashes in some cases. You need a highly skilled Nashville injury lawyer with experience handling rideshare accidents to help you cut through the confusion and obtain the recovery you deserve.