California Food Delivery Accidents and Injuries
5 Common Causes Of Food Delivery Accidents
Food delivery vehicles are everywhere. And given how easy and convenient it is to have a freshly cooked meal delivered right to your doorstep, it makes sense. However, with so many more vehicles on the road, the possibility of an accident only increases. This is especially true considering how rushed food delivery drivers are.
Below, our food delivery accident lawyers will discuss some of the most common reasons behind collisions involving food delivery drivers. If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a food delivery accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers is always here to answer any questions you may have about claims and damages available to you.
Common Causes of Food Delivery Accidents
Below is a comprehensive list of the many reasons why food delivery accidents may occur:
- Distracted driving: This is especially dangerous and very common. There are various factors that can contribute to a food delivery driver getting distracted while on the road. For example, a food delivery driver may momentarily glance at their phone to look up the address of the home or business they are delivering food to. They may even need to take a call from the restaurant in question. Worse, he or she texts a friend or gets caught watching the aftermath of an accident. Maybe they were old fashioned and were distracted by an interesting looking person crossing the street. Whatever the cause of the distraction may be, a food delivery driver must use reasonable care. A single momentary lapse of concentration is enough to cause an accident. If he or she is found to have been negligent, they may be held liable for any losses caused.
- Delivering in a hurry: According to some estimates, close to 20 percent of Americans use a food delivery service on a weekly basis. In a city as populated as Los Angeles, that’s a lot of deliveries. Given the volume of business these services deal with, it’s no surprise that their drivers are in such a rush to make as many deliveries as possible. Drivers are under great pressure to deliver their orders quickly to avoid customer complaints. Their very livelihood depends on it. This pressure to perform can easily cause drivers to speed and drive recklessly.
- Lost driver: Food delivery services are constantly expanding the range of their services, which can sometimes place a driver in an unfamiliar location. A driver who is not familiar with a specific neighborhood may be more focused on not getting lost than on driving carefully. It’s very easy to end up on the wrong street or drive in areas that are not meant for cars when you are lost.
- Stopping suddenly: This often happens because a food delivery driver passed their address or had to quickly look up an address. As a consequence, the driver following behind the food delivery driver may end up crashing into them. Fortunately, in this case, the food delivery driver will be held liable for any injuries or losses caused by stopping suddenly.
- Suddenly turning left: This is another common consequence of a driver who is either in a hurry or who is unsure about the address that they are delivering to. Making a sudden left turn is both lazy and dangerous, and can be remedied by going around the block or finding another place to turn safely. These sudden turns can cause serious injuries and will almost certainly subject a food delivery driver to liability.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award is known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact, were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
Limitations for Damages in California
For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable.
However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses is $250,000.
If you or a loved one were involved in a food delivery accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has skilled food delivery accident attorneys that have extensive experience in handling personal injury cases. Our attorneys will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.