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Food delivery accident claims are especially complex. The laws in California affecting how these claims are handled are presently in flux, especially after the recent passing of Senate Bill AB-5. As of now, the three most popular food delivery services in the Beverly Hills area are DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates. Insurance policies for these food delivery services vary in regards to the amount of coverage they offer for any losses suffered from accidents caused by their drivers.
Below is the most current information regarding these companies’ insurance policies. However, as mentioned, the way these claims are handled is changing rapidly. Please consult with an experienced Beverly Hills food delivery accident attorney to discuss whether you are entitled to file a claim for the recovery of damages.
DoorDash: According to DoorDash’s website, they provide excess auto insurance for their drivers, but this only applies to property damage or bodily injury that was caused to third parties. DoorDash requires their drivers to have a current personal auto insurance policy, which is the primary source of coverage in the event of an accident. If damages are greater than the delivery driver’s policy and the accident took place when a driver was on active delivery, DoorDash’s contingent liability policy of $1 million goes into effect.
UberEats: Coverage for Uber Eats is comparable to the insurance policy for their ridesharing company. If a delivery driver has the app currently turned on and that driver has not picked up or delivered food (or if the driver is in between deliveries), the driver will be covered for up to $50,000/$100,000/$25,000 (per individual/accident/property damage). Furthermore, if a delivery driver has accepted a requested and is picking up or delivering food, auto liability coverage will increase to $1 million. Finally, Uber Eats’ insurance policy does not cover any accidents involving uninsured or underinsured drivers.
Postmates: Postmates policy provides $1 million in excess liability to third party claims and will only come into play after the Postmates driver’s personal auto insurance coverage has been exhausted. Postmates also has additional coverage known as “accidental occupational liability” coverage which allows up to $50,000 to cover the costs of any medical expenses suffered while on the job.
If you suffered injuries after being involved in an accident with a food delivery driver in the Beverly Hills area, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of Beverly Hills food delivery accident attorneys 24/7 at (310) 928-0990 or feel free to email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team. West Coast Trial Lawyers is always here to answer any questions you may have about food delivery accident claims and damages you may be entitled to.
Beverly Hills Food Delivery Accident Claims: An Intro
Food delivery accident claims have never been as complicated as they are today. Let’s discuss why. For starters, these claims are logistically challenging because the popular food delivery companies go to great lengths to claim that their delivery drivers are not really employees but are independent contractors.
As far as the law is concerned, employers are typically not held responsible for any negligent or criminal acts committed by independent contractors working for them.
However, employee classification rules in the state of California are presently undergoing tremendous changes after the passing of California Senate Bill AB-5.
This new piece of legislation primarily affects employee classification as it relates to independent contractors. Regardless of whether a food delivery driver is a full-fledged employee or an independent contractor, drivers typically find themselves under great pressure to deliver quickly. Their very livelihood depends on it.
Therefore, some delivery drivers may cause an accident by looking up an address instead of watching the road, speeding, disobeying right of way laws, working while exhausted, or making reckless turns or lane changes.
The examples listed above are all common forms of negligent food delivery driver behavior which can subject a driver to liability for an accident. Therefore, the most important consideration a Beverly Hills food delivery accident attorney will assess when determining liability is, who was negligent?
In summary: if a food delivery driver caused your accident by engaging in any of the reckless driver behaviors described above, he or she will almost certainly be held liable for the accident and will have to pay for your injuries. Please consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss whether you are entitled to file a claim for the recovery of damages.
Financial Compensation After A Food Delivery Accident Claim
If you suffered injuries after being involved in an accident that was caused by the negligence of a DoorDash, Postmates, or Uber Eats driver, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation for your losses.
Car accidents often result in serious injuries and significant property loss. The aftermath of a food delivery accident can be stressful, painful, and challenging an accident victim and their family.
The types of compensation a Beverly Hills food delivery accident victim may be entitled to include:
Can I Sue If A Meal Made Me Sick?
Delivery services often deliver food for a variety of restaurants, but some restaurants deliver their own food too. However, any restaurant that causes someone to become sick because of serving or delivering contaminated food may be held liable for any losses caused.
All restaurants owe their customers a duty to serve food that is not contaminated. However, a customer who was made sick by a restaurant’s food needs to be able to prove that a restaurant, or a restaurant’s employee, was negligent and that negligence was the cause of their illness. This is sometimes easier said than done. Fortunately, there are medical tests that can be used to identify the source of your illness. Please consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine whether or not you can file a claim for the recovery of damages.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Always Here To Help
If you have sustained injuries caused by a food delivery driver in the Beverly Hills area, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible for your losses. A Beverly Hills food delivery accident attorney at our firm can recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered.
Call us today at (310) 928-0990 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.