Omaha Food Delivery Driver Accident Lawyers
Since the global pandemic, more residents of Omaha are having food delivered to their homes and workplaces. Food delivery companies such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Postmates are doing a thriving business. The convenience of having food from the restaurant of your choice delivered to your door is a draw for many residents of the area.
With more delivery drivers on the road today, food delivery accidents are on the rise. If you have been injured in a crash caused by a food delivery driver, your best chance of recovering the compensation you deserve is to have an experienced Omaha food delivery accident lawyer handling your case.
As with most traffic crashes, many food delivery accidents are caused by driver error. Some common causes include:
- Speeding: With most food delivery apps, drivers get to keep 100% of their tips. The more orders they deliver, the more money they make. This may prompt drivers to exceed the speed limit so they can deliver orders faster.
- Distracted driving: Food delivery drivers may be more prone to distraction because they are focused on navigating delivery routes, searching for customer addresses, and checking the app for the next delivery.
- Navigating unfamiliar areas: Getting lost during a food delivery is bad for business. When drivers are unfamiliar with areas where they are making deliveries, they may be more prone to errors that could lead to accidents, such as driving on the wrong side of the street.
- Aggressive driving: Food delivery drivers may be in a hurry and under pressure to make deliveries quickly. In addition to speeding, this can lead to risky aggressive driving behavior such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights or stop signs, and failing to yield the right of way to other drivers.
- Inadequate training and experience: No special training or minimum years of licensed driving experience are required for food delivery drivers. For example, a person only needs to be at least 19 years old and have a valid drivers license and a two or four-door car to make food deliveries for Uber Eats. Lack of experience can lead to errors that result in wrecks.
Determining liability for a food delivery accident can be complicated. As their drivers are independent contractors, food delivery companies argue that they cannot be held legally responsible for accidents. Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, and other food delivery companies provide some liability insurance coverage, depending on what the driver was doing when the crash occurred.
If a driver has turned on the Uber Eats app but has not accepted an order, the company provides liability coverage up to $50,000 per individual and $100,000 per accident for bodily injury. If the driver has accepted a delivery, company liability insurance of up to $1 million applies.
For DoorDash and Postmates, liability coverage of up to $1 million provided by the company is only in excess of the driver’s own policy and only applies when the driver has picked up and is delivering an order at the time of the accident.
Recoverable damages after a serious delivery driver accident will depend on the circumstances and the nature and severity of your injuries. Common damages in car accident claims include medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.
Our Omaha delivery driver accident attorneys at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim. Contact us at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free consultation.
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