Helping People Injured by Food Delivery Drivers in the Los Angeles Area
Having someone deliver food to your home or apartment has never been easier than it is today. While a few short years ago food delivery was limited to a few restaurants, there are now a number of third-party companies that will bring you food from virtually any restaurant near you. Some of the names you may be familiar with include DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates, and Grubhub.
As convenient as these services are, they also pose a risk to other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the road. The people who are actually doing the deliveries for these companies are typically moonlighting and are not professional drivers. In many cases, they deliver food after finishing work at their full-time day jobs, increasing the risk that they are getting behind the wheel when they are tired and more likely to make mistakes.
When people are injured in food delivery driver accidents, they can often recover compensation for their losses. Whether you have been injured in a Los Angeles Postmates accident or a DoorDash accident, you should discuss your case with an food delivery accident attorney to determine what your legal options are. For a case evaluation with one of our Uber Eats accident lawyers, call our office today.
What Causes Food Delivery Accidents?
Los Angeles food delivery accidents occur for many of the same reasons that other accidents occur. That said, many people working for companies like Postmates and Grubhub drive for several hours a day, increasing the risk of accidents related to driver distractions and fatigue. Some of the more common causes of food delivery accidents in Los Angeles include:
- Distracted driving
- Running red lights
- Failing to yield
- Improper turns
- Impaired driving
- Failing to properly maintain a vehicle
- Traffic violations
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Ignoring poor weather conditions
Who Will Cover Your Losses?
If the accident was caused by someone else, there is a good chance that someone else is going to pay for your accident-related damages. These losses can include medical expenses, repair bills, physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost income, and lost quality of life. The person or party that will pay for these losses depends significantly on the company for whom the delivery driver was working when the accident occurred and whether they were actually in the process of delivering food.
For example, if the driver was working for Uber Eats and was in the process of delivering an order, he or she is covered by Uber’s $1 million commercial insurance policy. That means that you can make a claim against that policy if you were hit by an Uber Eats driver who was actively delivering food. On the other, hand DoorDash provides its drivers with $1 million in “excess coverage” while they are on active deliveries. This means that DoorDash’s insurance will kick in in the event that the driver’s own personal coverage does not cover all of accident victims’ losses. Grubhub provides its drivers with no coverage, so if you are in an accident caused by a Grubhub driver, you will only be able to make a claim on the driver’s personal insurance policy.
After an accident with a food delivery driver, an experienced Los Angeles food delivery accident lawyer can evaluate your claim and determine what insurance policies you may be able to recover compensation from. You should always pursue all avenues of compensation, as doing so maximizes the chances that you will obtain the full and fair value of your claim.
Protecting Your Rights After an Accident Caused by a Delivery Driver
There are certain steps you should take after being injured in a food delivery accident in Los Angeles:
The first thing you should do after any accident is to call 911 and report it. This will summon police and emergency medical personnel to the scene, if necessary. The policy will determine whether any traffic violations contributed to the accident and may issue a preliminary finding of fault. In addition, emergency medical personnel will evaluate you and determine whether you need additional care.
Seek Medical Attention
You should always seek medical attention after an accident, even if you are cleared to go home. Seeing a doctor and requesting a thorough medical evaluation will ensure that all of your injuries are accurately diagnosed and documented, which is critical for your health and any insurance claim you may file in the future. Failing to seek medical attention after an accident can negatively impact your case, as can failing to follow your treatment plan.
Do Not Sign Anything
Many car insurance companies try to settle cases as quickly as they can after an accident, hoping to limit their liability. Typically, these first offers are far below the actual value of victims’ cases. For this reason, you should not sign anything regarding your case until you have had a chance to meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Contact a Los Angeles Food Delivery Accident Attorney as Soon as You Can
Finally, you should call a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident with a Postmates, Grubhub, or Uber Eats driver. Once you are represented by an attorney, you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery while your lawyer handles the legal aspects of your case. The sooner you call a food delivery accident lawyer, the greater the chances of you getting full compensation for all of your accident-related losses.
Call Us Today to Speak with a Los Angeles Food Delivery Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured by a driver working for Postmates, DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, or another food delivery service, there is a good chance that you can recover compensation for your injuries. At Kash Legal, our Los Angeles food delivery accident attorneys will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and determine whether you have a claim. If you do, we will never collect legal fees unless we win your case.
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