There is an increased number of delivery drivers on the road with the popularity of services such as Doordash, GrubHub, and UberEats. More delivery drivers mean more accidents. An accident with a delivery driver is different from any other motor vehicle accident because there are insurance issues to sort out. You may want the help of an experienced accident attorney if you’ve been injured by a delivery driver.
Common Causes of Delivery Driver Accidents
Just like any other accident, there are numerous factors that come into play in a delivery driver accident. Some common causes of accidents include:
- Distraction—delivery drivers are often dealing with phone apps that help them find the delivery location and line up future delivery jobs. Drivers who take their eyes off the road to focus on their phones can cause serious accidents.
- Speeding—delivery drivers want to get their jobs done in a timely manner. Sometimes this can lead to speeding and other reckless driving behavior.
- Fatigue—delivering goods can be exhausting, especially if a driver is working long hours. Falling asleep at the wheel can cause a tragic accident.
If you are injured in an accident caused by a delivery driver, there may be an issue regarding which insurance policy should compensate you for your injuries. If you are injured while a delivery driver is driving to and from delivery, then the delivery company’s insurance may take on the claim. Delivery companies typically have a larger insurance policy, so if you file a claim with them, you have a greater chance of being fully and fairly compensated for your injuries. In addition, delivery companies are typically required to conduct a background check before hiring a driver. If they fail to do so, you may have a claim for negligent hiring.
If a delivery driver is not in the process of conducting a delivery at the time the accident occurred, then the driver’s personal insurance will come into play. Due to the complicated relationship between insurance companies and delivery companies, there may be some dispute. You may want to hire an experienced accident attorney to ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.
Contact an Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a delivery driver, you should have an experienced accident attorney evaluate your case. Gregg Goldfarb has been helping accident victims for over 25 years. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.