Food Delivery Accident Attorney in Boston
Food deliveries are on the rise. According to a recent report by Forbes, online food delivery is poised to become a $200 billion industry by the year 2025.
An increase in food deliveries means more food delivery vehicles on the roads and more accidents involving food delivery vehicles.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman in Boston are experienced in handling food delivery accident claims. If you’ve been injured in a food delivery accident, our attorneys can help you recover money for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
These claims can be complicated, especially if multiple vehicles were involved or the resulting injuries are serious or catastrophic.
If you’ve been in an accident with a food delivery vehicle, you might be wondering if you can sue the food delivery service such as Grubhub or Uber Eats for your accident. This area of the law is complicated because most food delivery drivers are independent contractors and not employees of the delivery service.
The smart move is to contact our law office as soon as possible. Our personal injury attorneys can answer all of your questions and advise on next steps to take. All consultations are free and confidential. There are no fees unless we recover money for you.Steps to Take If You’ve Been Injured in a Food Delivery Accident
If you’ve been in an accident with a food delivery driver, there are some actions that you can take to improve your chance of maximizing a settlement or winning your case if it’s tried in a court of law.
First, take pictures of the food delivery vehicle. Document any stickers or decals showing that the driver works for a food delivery service. To recover from the delivery company’s insurance company, you will most likely need to show that the driver was making a delivery at the time of the accident.
Collect information from the delivery driver, including a driver’s license and insurance information. Collect the same from any other motorists involved in the accident.
If anyone witnessed the accident, ask for their contact information. Witness statements can be crucial in these types of cases.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if your injuries seem minor in nature. Take photos of your injuries.
Contact a personal injury attorney who can help you obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman Can Negotiate a Maximum Insurance Payout The largest food delivery services in the greater Boston area include:
- Uber Eats
- Eat Street
Insurance coverage varies from company to company. For example, Uber Eats provides $1 million of commercial auto liability insurance per incident. The insurance applies from the moment a driver accepts a delivery request to the time the delivery is completed. Uber Eats also provides up to $50,000 in commercial auto liability insurance for accidents that occur between deliveries.
DoorDash has a commercial auto insurance policy that provides up to $1 million in coverage for bodily injury or property damage while a driver is on an active delivery. To qualify as “on an active delivery,” the driver must be in possession of the food scheduled for delivery.
In some cases, deductibles apply. In addition, there are certain restrictions on coverage.
Delivery drivers are required to have individual auto insurance. However, their personal auto insurance policies might not provide coverage if the drivers are involved in accidents while making deliveries. Delivering food and other goods is a “business activity” that is often excluded from coverage in noncommercial insurance policies.
The food delivery accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman will review your accident and explain how a food delivery company’s coverage applies to your specific situation.
Our attorneys can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and maximize any settlement that you receive. Accident victims represented by counsel tend to receive larger settlements than individuals who take on insurance companies on their own.
Our aggressive attorneys aren’t afraid to take on big insurance companies. We know how to counter the cost-cutting tactics that insurers often use when they deny or underpay claims.
If an insurance company contacts you after your accident, refer the insurer to your attorney. Do not make any statements about who was at fault for your accident.
Refrain from signing any settlement papers until you speak to an attorney. A common mistake that accident victims make is agreeing to a settlement before they know the full extent of their injuries. Once you sign a settlement agreement, you lose the ability to seek additional compensation for your injuries.
An attorney will make sure that your settlement provides full and fair compensation for all of your injuries. Most car accident cases are resolved through settlement negotiations and not litigation. If your settlement offer is insufficient, an attorney can sue for damages.I’m a Food Delivery Driver Who Was in an Accident
If you’re a food delivery driver who was hurt in an accident while making deliveries, the service you drive for might be liable for your injuries.
As noted above, insurance coverage varies from company to company. If there’s a possibility that you might file a claim with the delivery company’s insurance carrier or pursue legal action against the company in the future, there are some steps that you can take to improve your odds of a successful outcome.
First, take a screenshot of your food delivery assignment or delivery route. This shows that you were on a delivery when the accident occurred. Contact the food delivery company as soon as possible and report the accident.
Take photos of the accident scene, the damage to your vehicle, the damage to other involved vehicles and your injuries.
Seek medical attention for treatment of your injuries in a timely manner. Proper medical documentation is important. If you wait to see a doctor, the food delivery service or its insurer could argue that your injuries aren’t as serious as you say, or weren’t caused by the accident. Don’t avoid medical attention at the scene of the accident.
Collect insurance and driver information from all involved parties, as well as witness contact information.
Contact an accident lawyer specializing in food delivery accidents. The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman will provide you with the legal guidance you need to receive the compensation that you deserve.Common Causes of Food Delivery Accidents
Food delivery drivers are prone to accidents for a variety of reasons. Drivers are on a strict time schedule and are likely to be rushing to pick up an order and drop it off. Drivers might be navigating unfamiliar streets or paying more attention to GPS technology than the road ahead.
Here’s a list of some common causes of food delivery accidents:
- Driving in excess of posted speed limits
- Aggressive driving
- Fatigued driving
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals
- Distracted driving
- Failure to use turn signals
- Double-parking delivery vehicles
- Quick stops and starts
- Poorly maintained vehicles
- Defective vehicles
The food delivery driver might not be the only person at fault for your accident. It’s possible that other drivers could have contributed to the accident.
The food delivery company could be found liable for your injuries if it knew that the driver who hit you did not have a driver’s license or was an unsafe driver.
The food delivery accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman will perform a thorough investigation of your accident and identify all potentially liable parties. Our law firm works with highly respected accident reconstructionists, engineers and other experts who can explain how your accident happened and who is to blame.Food Delivery Accidents Can Cause Serious and Permanent Injuries
Food delivery accidents can result in serious and permanent injuries and even wrongful death.
Some common types of injuries suffered in food delivery accidents include:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back and spine injuries
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
The type of injury varies depending on a variety of factors such as whether the accident victims were wearing seatbelts, the age of the accident victims, the type of vehicles involved, the speed of the vehicles, and where the accident vehicle was hit (head-on collision, rear-end collision or side-impact collision).
Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle drivers are especially susceptible to serious injuries in food delivery accidents.
A food delivery accident attorney can recover money for an accident victim’s lost medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage and more.
To learn more about how our personal injury attorneys can help you with your food delivery accident claim, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 777-7777 or use our online form.