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According to DoorDash, there are 559 restaurants in Riverside that are currently delivering food. West Coast Trial Lawyers knows that combining those delivery vehicles with the estimated 6,000,000 vehicles already on the urbanized roads of Los Angeles greatly increases the chances of an accident. 

The popularity of food delivery companies such as Postmates, UberEats, Doordash, and Grubhub continues to grow rapidly due to their convenience. However, the pressures of providing a speedy service combined with a tapestry of congested traffic is a recipe for disaster. If you were injured in an accident with a food delivery driver in Riverside, please contact a personal injury lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today.    

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  • Riverside requires that its food trucks must be parked within 200 feet of a restroom with a working toilet and handwashing facilities.
  • Riverside prohibits food truck operators from using “Port-a-Potties” or any semi-permanent restrooms.
  • Riverside required all food delivery drivers to have a current driver’s license and an up-to-date registration.

Common Causes Of Food Delivery Accidents    

Due to the city’s roads becoming so crowded, there are many opportunities for a food delivery accident to occur. Listed below are a few common causes for food delivery accidents in Riverside: 

Inattentive Driving. A distracted driver is not only a safety issue for food delivery companies, but for others on the road as well. In fact, according to a National Safety Council study, there are over 1.6 million accidents that happen each year while a driver is on their cell phone. Furthermore, approximately 390,000 injuries are caused by texting and driving.  

Speedy Service. Food delivery companies ensure timely delivery and some even offer apologies and rewards for tardiness, such as Domino’s 30 minutes or less free pizza. Other delivery drivers believe that their tip is directly dependant on how quickly they can transport food. Regardless of the reason, speedy or aggressive driving is a leading cause of many food delivery accidents. 

Confused Driver. More often than not, a delivery driver is headed to an unfamiliar address. This can cause a cluster of confusion that manifests as:

  • Sudden Stops 
  • Quick Turns 
  • Lost driver 
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  • Riverside requires all food trucks to properly sanitize all surfaces and utensils every 4 hours to prevent cross-contamination

Common Food Delivery Issues

Like all industries, the food delivery business comes with downsides. Listed below are a few common issues that are associated with delivering food:

  • Food Safety. The safety of the food is always the top prerogative for most restaurants and food delivery companies. Regulations such as the Sanitary Food Transportation Act begun in 2005 and mandated that all food items, including animal and pet food, must be transported according to the rules set by the FDA. Food storage and delivery is based on the type of food and the distance of travel. For example, the FDA requires food items to be stored under the following temperatures: 
    • Dairy Products. Must be stored in refrigerated temperatures of 2°C to 4°C (36°F to 39°F) 
    • Produce. Must be stored in refrigerated temperatures of 2°C to 4°C (36° F to 39°F) 
    • Meat, Poultry and Seafood. Must remain refrigerated in temperatures of 4°C (39°F) or colder 
    • Frozen Foods. Must be refrigerated at -18°C or lower 
  • Food Tampering. This essentially applies to the driver. According to some reports allegedly 30% of delivery food drivers admit to this.   
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  • In Riverside, you are required to submit a plan for grease and trash disposal. This plan must include where the waste will be stored during operation. 
  • Riverside requires your food truck to be within 20 feet of a public waste receptacle during operation.
  • Riverside law mandates that food trucks or Mobile Food Facilities must have a business liability license which has been approved by the county.  

Food Poisoning Cases In Riverside 

According to a recent study, approximately 48 million Americans suffer from food-related illnesses each year. On average, 128,000 Americans are sent to the hospital for food-related illnesses and 3,000 results in fatalities. Due to the fact that food delivery involves separate parties, it can be difficult to assign liability.  The Center For Disease Control has conducted a study and discovered that:
  • A majority of food-borne illnesses stem from outdated or unsanitary produce, such as fruit, nuts, leafy greens, and vegetables.
  • Most food-related deaths stem from infected poultry or meat, 
  • Fish and shellfish are responsible for 6.1% of illnesses and 6.4% of deaths. 
  • Eggs and dairy products are estimated to cause about 20% of illnesses and 15% of fatalities 

Symptoms Of Food Poisoning 

There are over 250 distinctive bacteria in food that can make someone sick. Food poisoning can also happen several hours after the initial food was ingested. Common symptoms of food poisoning include:
  • Diarrhea 
  • Fever 
  • Joint aches 
  • Dizziness 
  • Headaches 
  • Vomiting 
  • Stomach cramps

If you’re concerned that you’ve been food poisoned or that your condition may be worsening, we suggest:  

  • Blood tests. A doctor can test for Listeria monocytogenes and hepatitis A virus 
  • Stool tests. A doctor can search for botulism 
  • Imaging test. MRIs and CT scans can be used to rule out other diseases with similar symptoms

West Coast Trial Lawyers Can Help Solve Your Food Delivery Accident Case 

If you have sustained injuries in Riverside from an accident, a personal injury attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover financial compensation for your losses. Recoverable damages include medical bills, property damage, lost wages, loss of consortium, emotional distress and pain and suffering. We have offices all across California areas including Glendale, Bakersfield, Irvine, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Riverside, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Woodland Hills, and Solana Beach.

Call West Coast Trial Lawyers today at (951) 393-1299 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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