Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that is quite common in car accidents. It occurs especially in rear-end collisions where the head is jolted with force forward and backward in a whip-like movement.
If you’ve suffered this injury in a St. Louis Uber car accident, it is important to note that these cases tend to get a bit more complicated than other accidents.
Here’s what you need to know.
Steps to Take for a Successful Claim
Here are the steps you should take if you’ve been the victim of an Uber car accident:
- If your injuries allow it, write down the names and contact details of the Uber driver, the other driver, and any eyewitnesses.
- Get insurance information from all the drivers involved in the collision. Uber drivers often carry insurance and you will file your claim through their insurance company (if they were at fault,) and not through Uber. The ride-sharing company becomes liable only if the at-fault driver’s insurance company denies your claim or if the driver is uninsured. Uber has insurance for these cases. So, don’t assume that you will sue Uber and cash in a big check as this is rarely the case.
- Take photos of the Uber car, the other vehicle, your injuries, and your Uber receipt.
- Contact the police. You can use their report as hard evidence when filing your claim.
Seek Medical Care As Soon as Possible
It doesn’t matter if you were an Uber passenger or driving your own car. You should always seek medical attention right away even if you don’t notice anything wrong. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that doesn’t always show symptoms immediately after the crash. It may take days until you notice the first signs.
A doctor will run tests to rule out any soft tissue injuries and provide you with the medical care you need. Their examination will help greatly in your compensation case as the attorney of the at-fault party will try to argue that something else caused the whiplash. And, they will be successful if you don’t have any evidence to back up your claim.
Make sure to follow their recommendations closely. The insurance company will use every opportunity they get to minimize your claim. Don’t give them any reasons to argue for a smaller settlement than what you deserve.
Speak With a St. Louis Uber Accident Lawyer
Uber accidents are not as straightforward as regular collisions and victims often get confused about who is liable, against who they should file a claim, and so on. An Uber auto accident lawyer can help you through the legal chaos and ensure that your claim will be successful.
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