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Food delivery services have become very popular, especially in Glendale. People like the option of staying home and having someone else get their food or drinks for them. Users can simply open an app, such as UberEats or Postmates, and input their information, including an address and the meal they want. The app also gives an estimated time of when the food will be delivered. 

Even though food delivery drivers provide a convenient service to people who do not feel like leaving the house to get food or drinks, they also include some downsides. For example, food delivery drivers are responsible for delivering food or drinks on time. If they exceed the estimated time, the driver will get a bad review which may result in them getting fired. Due to the pressure they are under, some food delivery drivers may engage in reckless actions on the road, such as speeding, disobeying traffic laws, or not paying attention to their surroundings. These actions, while seemingly harmless, can easily cause an accident.  

There are other ways for drivers to cause harm. If a food delivery driver spits or licks on the user’s order, they can be charged with a felony. It is illegal to tamper with food that is going to be delivered or sold to the public. This may cause serious harm if a driver has a communicable disease that makes a consumer sick. A food delivery driver can face up to five years in prison and may get an additional three years if a death is caused due to their actions. For more details regarding this type of situation, please read “California Food Tampering Laws” below. 

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to file a food delivery accident claim. With the recent passing of Senate AB-5, the laws that control these services will change drastically. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we have skilled Glendale food delivery accident attorneys that are aware of how these new laws affect issues of liability and damages.

With over $1 billion in settlements won for our clients, we have been recognized as one of the top personal injury law firms in Glendale. Our Glendale food delivery accident attorneys have over 60 years of collective legal experience with personal injury. We are committed to winning your case.

To speak with one of our attorneys, you must schedule an appointment. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our Glendale personal injury law firm. No fees will be charged until we win or settle your case. Contact our 24/7 available legal team by calling (818) 839-8800 or emailing [email protected] 

UberEats Insurance Policy

Portier LLC is in charge of delivery services for Uber. UberEats provides coverage that is almost identical to the coverage given to UberX drivers. On March 1, 2019, Uber made a statement about their policies on their website by saying:

“$1 million of liability coverage per incident. Uber holds a commercial insurance policy with $1 million of coverage per incident. Drivers’ liability to third parties is covered from the moment a driver accepts the request to deliver meals or goods to the time the delivery is complete.

Contingent comprehensive and collision insurance. If a delivery partner holds personal comprehensive and collision insurance, this policy covers physical damage to that vehicle that occurs during a trip up to the actual cash value of the vehicle, for any reason, with a $1,000 deductible.

$50,000/$100,000/$25,000 of coverage between trips. During the time that a ridesharing partner is available but between deliveries, many personal auto insurance policies will provide coverage (this is not true). However, if the driver does not have applicable coverage, we maintain a policy that covers the driver’s liability for bodily injury up to $50,000/individual/accident with a total of $100,000/accident and up to $25,000 for property damage.”

California Food Tampering Laws

It is possible for a food delivery driver to reach into a bag full of fast food and eat the order(s) they are delivering while on the job. This is not classified as an illegal action. However, it is offensive. If the delivery driver spits or licks on the food, they can be arrested and charged with battery. 

According to the United States Department of Justice, Subsection (a) of 18 U.S.C. § 1365 "prohibits tampering or attempted tampering with any consumer product that affects interstate or foreign commerce, or with the labeling of, or the container for such a product. The tampering must be done with reckless disregard for the risk that another person will be placed in danger of death or bodily injury. Furthermore, tampering must be done under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the risk of death or bodily injury." 

California has a more specific law that applies to food delivery tampering. Penal Code Section 347 indicates that those who intentionally put harmful or poisonous substances in food, drinks, medication, or pharmaceutical products may be found guilty of a felony that can grant a prison sentence of two to five years. 

Overall, food tampering is a very serious crime. Deliberately putting harmful chemicals or substances into consumable products can result in severe injuries or even death. If a person dies after their food was tampered with, the individual at-fault will get three more years added to their prison sentence. 

These scenarios may cause uneasiness or discomfort for those that like to purchase fast food. Our purpose of informing you about the dangers of food tampering is to let you know that you may take legal action against the person at-fault for spitting or licking your food or drink. If the suspect is proven guilty, then they will face serious consequences for what they did. 

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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 Glendale food delivery attorneys will help you recover financial and emotional compensation for your losses. This includes medical expenses, property damage, emotional distress, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To schedule an appointment at our Glendale personal injury law firm, reach out to our legal staff by calling (818) 839-8800 or emailing [email protected]

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