Is a Hospital Visit Necessary After a Rideshare Accident?

Should I go to the hospital after my Uber / Lyft accident?

No one expects to be involved in an auto collision. You are generally a safe driver and pay attention to the road and environment around you. But what happens when you are in a rideshare vehicle such as Uber or Lyft? It seems no matter how hard you try, accidents happen. They are scary, painful, and disruptive to your life. This is particularly true when you are in an Uber/Lyft or other rideshare collision. 

As a passenger, you have limited control over the driver of your rideshare. When using a rideshare, you don’t anticipate a car crash. If you are a passenger in a rideshare, such as Uber or Lyft, and are involved in an auto collision, you need to know what to do. There are a few things that you should know so that you can remember them should you ever be in an accident. 

In general, rideshares are a convenient way to get around without having to worry about common driving practices like parking. They are also a great way to stay safe when going home from a party or bar after a night of drinking. In that way, they can save lives. However, Uber and Lyft drivers get into accidents too. When you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, you are not at fault for the accident, no matter which driver caused the crash. If your Uber/Lyft driver causes an accident or is the victim of an unsafe driver, you have rights that should be protected. One thing people always wonder about being in an auto accident is whether they should go to the hospital. 

Symptoms Don’t Always Appear Right Away

When you are in an accident, you experience a wide range of emotions such as anger, fear, and anxiety. You are confused and don’t know where to turn. The first thing to remember is to call the police. Even in a minor accident, you may experience injuries greater than what you believe. Remember, adrenaline blocks the pain receptors, and when the body senses potential danger, it automatically releases adrenaline to prepare the body’s fight-or-flight response. The best practice is to call 911 and have the police arrive at the scene of the accident. The police will take statements, assess the crash site, and make a report that you can use against the insurance companies later. 

When talking with the police, you will have an opportunity to assess your injuries and pain. Keep in mind that you may not be aware of some injuries because your body is in shock and protects you from feeling pain. If you do feel pain or are concerned that you have injuries, tell the police officer on the scene. The police officer will contact paramedics in your area to determine if you should seek treatment at the hospital. 

Hospitals Offer Better Treatment Options Urgent Cares or Chiropractors

The Emergency Room is experienced at diagnosing and treating acute injuries from an auto accident. They will take a history and document the facts of your accident for your medical records. They may also do other tests such as x-rays or CT scans to make sure you didn’t break anything or have any internal injuries. The hospital is also the best option for those who experience head injuries due to a crash. The hospital will do neurological testing to make sure that you do not have a concussion. If you do have a concussion, they will be able to diagnose and treat your head injury before it gets worse. Injuries that often go unnoticed after a motor vehicle accident are:

  • Headaches – Even if you didn’t get bumped on the head during the accident, it serves as an indicator that you may have a concussion. Any type of head trauma, in this circumstance, should be assessed at the hospital.
  • Whiplash – described as when your head is thrust forward and backward during the impact of an accident. While a headache is a minor indication, the long-term damages surround the area around your neck and shoulders.
  • Numbness – weakness of the arms, legs, hands or other parts of the body can indicate a herniated disk or displacement. A tight feeling in your limbs can be detected and diagnosed through an X-ray scan.
  • Abdominal pain – the most common occurrence after a car accident. Normally it is associated with signs of internal bleeding, dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Emotional stress – the result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after experiencing a life-threatening accident.

Going to the hospital will also get your injuries in the hands of an MD. This is very helpful to your personal injury case. Having a diagnosis from an MD gives credibility to your injuries when talking with the insurance companies. It is the insurance company’s goal to provide you with the lowest possible value for your damages. Emergency and hospital records are more challenging to dispute than traditional chiropractic treatment.

Further, chiropractors are not experienced at diagnosing injuries outside the musculoskeletal system. It is better to seek out a hospital to diagnose your total injuries. Hospital records also help the other treating physicians on your case. They will review the emergency records and use the diagnoses to develop the right treatment plan for you. 

Delaying Medical Treatment Could Affect Your Personal Injury Claim

Many people don’t want to contact paramedics because they are uninsured, worried about prospective medical treatment costs or are concerned about taking an ambulance because of the bill. While it is true that you will be billed for taking an ambulance, it is also true that your attorney can help you recover those costs as part of your case. Refusing medical treatment when necessary is never a good idea. 

Seeking medical treatment is critical if you plan to file a personal injury claim. The at-fault insurance company is always going to look at the medical records before determining any compensation. If you are unable or unwilling to take an ambulance to the hospital, you may still want to go to the Emergency Room to get checked out. Have a friend drive you when possible or take another rideshare vehicle to the hospital. 

Contacting an experienced Uber/Lyft attorney is key to getting the compensation you deserve. Your Uber/Lyft accident attorney will fight to get you justice and take on the big insurance companies that insure Uber/Lyft.