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What’s the Difference Between Working for UberEats and Uber?

You could be looking for a side job to enhance your financial stability. You have a car and a license, so you consider becoming a rideshare or food delivery driver. How does this work, though? You want to make the best decision possible, which is the one that will bring you the highest amount of income. However, you also need to consider the insurance coverage you will be offered while working under the service of your choice. Good news for you, since UberEats is run by Uber, you can become a rideshare and food delivery driver. Both categories offer the same amount of insurance coverage for accidents.

Below, our experienced team of rideshare and food delivery accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers break down the differences between working as an Uber driver and UberEats delivery driver to help you determine which position would be most suitable for you.

Requirements for Uber and UberEats Drivers

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With Uber, you pick up and drop off passengers to their selected destinations. Employment for this service is only available for people with cars that meet Uber standards. With UberEats, you pick up and deliver food to customers. Employment for this service is available for drivers, bicyclists, and scooter riders. It is also important to note that, essentially, if you are qualified to be an Uber driver, you may also qualify to be an UberEats delivery driver. However, the opposite is not true. Being qualified to be an UberEats delivery driver does not automatically mean that you are eligible to become an Uber driver, too.

The following is a list of rules and regulations that each service offers:

Uber Drivers UberEats Drivers UberEats Bicyclists UberEats Scooter Rider
21+ years old 19+ years old 18+ years old 19+ years old
Vehicle requirements may vary depending on the type of service the driver would like to offer. A 2 to 4-door car that is no older than 20 years. Bicycle Motorized scooter under 50cc, no older than 20 years, and travels no faster than 30 mph.
Valid California driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and vehicle registration. Valid California driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and vehicle registration. State Issued ID Valid California driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and scooter registration.
A smartphone. A smartphone. A smartphone. A smartphone.

Working for Uber and UberEats

It is important to note that you can take requests from Uber and UberEats at the same time. Qualified drivers can drop off a passenger and head over to a restaurant right after to pick up an UberEats order. Performing both duties can increase your potential earnings. If you are not interested in working for these services simultaneously, you are given the option to disable either service to focus more on working for one of them instead.

Those who do not meet the age requirements for Uber and UberEats will not be offered the option of working for both services at the same time. For example, a 20 year old food delivery driver who works under UberEats is not eligible to also work as a rideshare driver for Uber. This is due to the fact that Uber’s age requirement for rideshare drivers is 21 years and older.

Potential Income

For Uber and UberEats services, you are paid at a rate per ride or per delivery, not by hour. A customer of either service is charged a fee to cover the costs of the ride or the food and are given an option to leave a tip.

While UberEats provides much more clear-cut rates for their delivery drivers, Uber’s driver rates are not so clear, as a number of factors affect the pay a driver would receive from a trip. It is reported  that Uber may only acquire a 25 percent cut from the earnings of their drivers, however, there have been disputes regarding the accuracy of that percentage.

Earnings From Uber  Earnings From UberEats
  • Standard base fare (may vary per minute and per mile).
  • Price surge
  • Service fee
  • Booking fee
  • Cancellations
  • Tips
  • Pickup: $1.50
  • Drop-off: $1.00
  • Mileage: $0.60 per mile
  • Time: $0.20 per minute
  • Tips

Insurance Coverage

Uber offers insurance for drivers who operate motor vehicles. However, insurance coverage is only available when the driver is online and performing work-related duties. The chart below provides more in depth information in regards to how Uber and UberEats distribute compensation to a driver who is involved in an accident.

Uber Driver Insurance UberEats Delivery Insurance 
Period 0: The driver is offline. Their personal car insurance will cover the accident.

Period 1: The driver is online and is waiting for a ride request. Uber insurance will cover for the accident if your personal auto insurance does not apply. Coverage includes:

  • $50,000 for bodily injury per person.
  • $100,000 for bodily injury per accident.
  • $25,000 for property damage per accident.

Period 2: The driver has matched with a rider and is on their way to pick them up. Uber insurance will cover damages.

  • $1,000,000 third party liability
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury
  • Contingent comprehensive and collision (up to actual cash value of the vehicle with a $2,500 deductible)
    • Specific types of vehicles are subject to $1,000 deductible.

Period 3: The rider is in the driver’s vehicle and is headed to their selected destination. Uber insurance will cover damages.

  • $1,000,000 third party liability
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury
  • Contingent comprehensive and collision (up to actual cash value of the vehicle with a $2,500 deductible)
    • Specific types of vehicles are subject to $1,000 deductible.
Offline: Personal vehicle insurance will cover for the accident.

Online: Accepting or delivering the goods. Uber insurance will cover for damages.

  • $1,000,000 third party liability
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury
  • Contingent comprehensive and collision (up to actual cash value of the vehicle with a $1,000 deductible)

Online: Between trips. If a driver does not have applicable coverage, UberEats will cover for damages.

  • $50,000 for bodily injury per person
  • $100,000 for bodily injury per accident
  • $25,000 for in property damage per accident

Injured in an Uber or UberEats Accident? West Coast Trial Lawyers Can Help 

You should always get an attorney to represent you in the case that you are injured in an accident while working for Uber or UberEats. West Coast Trial Lawyers is California’s top team of ride share and food delivery service attorneys. We are committed to getting you the maximum compensation you deserve for any losses you have suffered while working under Uber or UberEats. Contact us today by calling (888) 243-1195 or emailing [email protected] to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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