Long Beach Food Delivery Accident Attorney
Food Delivery Accident Cases
Nearly every city in California has become acquainted with food delivery services, including Long Beach. The most popular companies that take requests from users to pick up and deliver food are Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats, and DoorDash. These companies offer apps for easy access to their services. While using the app, users can discover several features it provides, such as information on who your food delivery driver will be, an estimate of how long your food will take to be ready, and when it will be delivered to your door.
Long Beach residents have shown a lot of support for food delivery apps, which is why its popularity has continued to increase across the area. Even though there are many positives when it comes to the convenience of using food delivery services, there are many negatives that come along with it, as well.
Food delivery drivers feel the pressure of completing tasks as quickly as possible to avoid facing repercussions for failing to arrive on time. They may commit negligent actions, such as disobeying traffic lights or signs, speeding, or making abrupt stops or turns, to ensure they will make it to the user’s address before the estimated arrival time. These reckless decisions can create a dangerous environment for everyone near the food delivery driver.
Not only have food delivery drivers threatened the safety of others by driving recklessly on the road, but they have also committed acts of food tampering. Several reports have found that many food delivery drivers have been tempted to snack on a customer’s order while on the way to have it dropped off. Under California law, those who intentionally add poison or harmful substances to a customer’s food or drink may face a prison sentence of 2 to 5 years. If the customer suffers from a serious illness or dies from the contaminated order, then the food delivery driver will have 3 additional years added to their sentencing. If the food delivery driver spits on a customer’s food, it may be considered a battery. According to California Penal Code 242, the food delivery driver will likely face six months in county jail and a $2,000 fine.
If you were involved in a food delivery accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you get the justice you deserve for your losses. Our Long Beach food delivery accident attorneys have over 60 years of collective legal experience in handling personal injury cases and are confident that we will deliver a good outcome to your settlement. With our track record of recovering more than $1 billion in settlements, we have been acknowledged as one of the top personal injury law firms in Long Beach.
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Food Delivery Employee vs Independent Contractor
Employers are given the power of providing strict rules and obligations for their employees. The more control they have over scheduling and work hours, then it is more likely that you are perceived as an employee to them. For more clarification on what category a food delivery driver may fall under, please read about AB5. This bill will give a thorough explanation about correctly classifying someone working under a ridesharing company.
It is essential to understand a food delivery driver’s employee classification. If you are involved in a food delivery accident, the number of damages you may receive can differ greatly depending on whether the food delivery driver was an employee or independent contractor. Unfortunately, a food delivery claim can be difficult to tackle. It is common for companies to lie about their employees being independent contractors to avoid falling into a lawsuit. Back then, this tactic would have prevented employers from being liable for their employees’ reckless driving. However, due to the passing of AB5, the rules have now changed. It is recommended to reach out to an experienced Long Beach food delivery accident attorney to help you handle a complex case such as this one.
Food Delivery Company Insurance Policies
Food delivery drivers may be awarded coverage by the food delivery company they work for depending on whether they were online when the accident occurred. If it can be proven that the food delivery driver was waiting for a request, headed to pick up an order, or on the way to drop off an order, then the company they work for will provide them with compensation that their personal auto insurance is unable to cover on their own. Below, we will discuss more in depth of what each food delivery company has to offer to its drivers.
- Grubhub provides occupational accident insurance coverage to its drivers. This will offer coverage for any damages caused by an accident, such as medical bills or lost wages. The driver must have been online and on the job in order to receive compensation from the company.
- DoorDash also offers occupational accident insurance coverage to its drivers. Dashers who are involved in an accident while on the job may be granted coverage for medical bills (maximum of $1,000,000 with no deductible or co-pay), disability payments (50 percent of average weekly wage up to a maximum allowance of $500 each week minus other income), and survivors payments (maximum of $150,000 for qualified dependents).
- UberEats has insurance for its drivers for when they are involved in an accident while waiting for a delivery request, on the way to pick up an order, or headed to the customer’s address. Compensation may vary depending on which task the driver was completing. Food delivery drivers who were involved in an accident while waiting for a delivery request will be compensated if their personal auto insurance does not apply. Coverage includes $50,000 in bodily injury per person, $100,000 in bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident. Food delivery drivers who were involved in a crash while on the way to pick up or drop off an order may be given $1,000,000 third party liability and contingent comprehensive collision coverage (up to actual cash value of vehicle with a $2,500 deductible). Vehicles that were provided through the Vehicle Marketplace may be subject to a $1,000 deductible.
- Postmates offers insurance that will compensate its driver if they were involved in an accident while waiting for a request or completing a work-related task. Coverage may include $1,000,000 per accident limit for bodily injury and/or property damage to third parties. General liability may also be offered. This includes a $1,000,000 limit, which can compensate bicyclist and pedestrian couriers for third party injuries and/or property damage.
If you or a loved one was involved in a food delivery accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has skilled Long Beach food delivery accident attorneys that will help you get the justice and compensation you deserve for your losses.
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