New Jersey Food Delivery Service Accident Attorney
Accelerated by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth of food delivery services such as Uber Eats, Door Dash, Postmates, and Grubhub has been tremendous. However, as with any increase in delivery vehicle traffic, the rise of the food delivery industry has the potential to make our streets less safe. Drivers who are rushing to deliver orders and meet deadlines are unfamiliar with the areas they are delivering to, and less experienced or qualified than drivers of other delivery industries have contributed to a substantial rise in traffic collisions as well.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a collision with a delivery vehicle, you may have legal options available to you. At Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC, we can help. Our rideshare accident attorneys have significant experience handling car accident claims and understand how to deal with large corporate entities such as Uber and Grubhub. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we charge no fees unless we win. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
Liability in Food Delivery Accidents
There are many issues that must be resolved in cases involving delivery vehicle accidents. The first of which driver is responsible for the collision. While New Jersey is a no-fault state, in many cases if a commercial vehicle is responsible for the collision, injured passenger vehicle occupants may be able to file a claim directly with their insurer and forgo a PIP claim.
Additionally, just as with rideshare services, the phase of work that the delivery driver was in matters as well. Were they using the app? Were the logged in but waiting to accept a delivery? Have they accepted a delivery or were in the process of making one? These questions can have a significant impact on the case and the amount of insurance coverage available to those who were injured in a collision.
The company that the delivery person was driving for matters as well. For instance, DoorDash requires ‘dashers’ to carry a minimum amount of insurance coverage as outlined by state law, but they also provide excess auto liability insurance for Dashers, but this insurance only applies to accidents that occur while the Dasher is on an ‘active delivery’. Postmates extends$1,000,000 in auto excess insurance covering liability for bodily injury or property damage, also available only during active delivery. Grubhub, on the other hand, does not provide any excess insurance to drivers. The amount of insurance available is extremely important in the event that you are seriously injured in a crash. Medical bills can quickly pile up and missing an extended amount of time can create significant financial pressures. With the help of a qualified attorney, you can recover compensation to cover your economic and non-economic losses without having to worry if there is enough coverage available.
Injuries in Food Delivery Accidents
As with any motor vehicle collision, those involving food delivery service vehicles can cause injuries that range from ‘mild’ to severe. Brain injuries, severe burns, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and fractures, nerve and ligament damage, and internal injuries are all common types of injuries. Additionally, vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists are at particular risk in these types of collisions.
Contact an Experience Attorney Today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a collision involving an UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates, or any other food delivery service vehicle, contact the attorneys at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC today for a free and confidential case evaluation. We will listen to the facts of your case and being working to build a strong case on your behalf as soon as possible.