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Uber vs Uber Eats

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

You could be looking for a side job to improve 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 Uber Eats 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 personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will break down the differences between working as an Uber driver and Uber Eats delivery driver to help you determine which position would be most suitable for you.

If you have any questions in regards to acquiring compensation in an Uber or Lyft accident, our 24/7 legal team is readily available to assist you. Contact us today by calling (213) 652-5649 or filling out our quick contact form to schedule a free consultation.

Requirements for Uber and Uber Eats Drivers

As a rideshare driver for Uber, you are expected to provide safe traveling services to riders. Employment for this service is only available for people with cars that meet Uber’s driver and vehicle requirements. As a food delivery driver for Uber Eats, you will be picking up and delivering 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 rideshare driver, you may also qualify to be an Uber Eats food delivery driver. However, the opposite is not true. Being qualified to be an Uber Eats delivery driver does not automatically mean that you are eligible to become an Uber driver, too. 

The following is a list of requirements that are expected to be met if a person is interested in becoming a rideshare driver or a food delivery driver in Los Angeles. 

Uber Drivers

Uber Eats Drivers

Uber Eats Bicyclists

Uber Eats 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 that can access and run the Uber app.

A smartphone that can access and run the Uber Eats app.

A smartphone that can access and run the Uber Eats app.

A smartphone that can access and run the Uber Eats app.

Working for Uber and Uber Eats

It is important to note that you can take requests from Uber and Uber Eats at the same time. Qualified drivers can drop off a passenger and head over to a restaurant right after to pick up an Uber Eats 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 Uber Eats will not be offered the option of working for both services at the same time. For example, a 19 year old food delivery driver who works under Uber Eats 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 old or older.

Potential Income

For Uber and Uber Eats 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 Uber Eats 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 Uber Eats

  • 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 Uber Eats distribute compensation to a driver who is involved in an accident.

Uber Driver Insurance

Uber Eats 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 is on their way to pick up or drop off a rider. 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: Waiting for a delivery request.  If a driver does not have applicable coverage, Uber Eats 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

 

Online: Between trips. 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)

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

If you were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, our skilled personal injury lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses. We are committed to resolving your legal issues as quickly as possible while receiving the best results. Our clients are represented on a contingency fee basis. If we do not win, you owe us nothing. There is no financial risk to prevent you from reaching out. 

Contact us today by calling (213) 652-5649 or filling out our quick contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team. 

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