Uber has had its fair share of controversy relating to car accidents that involve their drivers. Per their own estimates, the fatality rate in Uber-related car accident is about half of the national rate, but their reports fail to take into account rides outside of the app, or even just non-fatal accidents.
If you’ve been involved in an Uber accident, possibly even one you consider a minor fender bender, you could feel perfectly fine right after the crash. Then, the temptation is to simply exchange insurance information with the Uber driver and head straight home to lie down.
Except, you could be dealing with a medical emergency without even knowing it. Here are 4 signs the crash may have been more serious than you thought.
1. You Notice Changes in Your Energy Levels
It’s normal to feel tired right after a car accident, even minor ones. But if you’re experiencing exhaustion that doesn’t disappear on their own after a few days, you may be dealing with a head injury.
It doesn’t take a really hard blow to the head to cause damage. For example, if you hit the head in one of its weaker spots, such as the temple region, a minor blow may result in serious effects.
2. You Start Aching
Perhaps you’ve been hit without realizing at first, but at some point parts of your body can start aching. If this is the case, you should go to the doctor right away, even if on the outside the body part seems perfectly fine. Many soft tissue injuries are invisible to the naked eye.
3. Your Mood Is Affected, But You Don’t Know Why
Car accidents are, by definition, traumatic experiences. This means that it can affect your psyche in ways you don’t expect, such as leading to a mental health disorder. Or perhaps you were already struggling, and the crash just pushed you over the edge. Either way, even minor car accidents can affect your mind, and you should watch out for mental health symptoms on top of physical ones.
4. The Insurance Company Calls You with an Offer
Insurance companies, especially those employed by Uber, don’t really like paying car accident victims a lot of money. Instead, they use a tactic in which they quickly make a lowball offer, and insist you take it.
The problem is, you may not know it’s a lowball offer, and maybe even stress that they’re generously offering a particular amount because of their concern for you.
What Should You Do?
Have you been the victim of an Uber car accident? The two most important things to do now is to see medical attention, and then get in touch with a St. Louis Uber accident attorney for legal assistance.