The demand for faster and immediate deliveries from consumers and businesses has led to a rise in third-party delivery apps. With the tap of a screen, users of Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Instacart can easily access hundreds of restaurants and stores in their area. Unfortunately, this convenience comes at a price. More and more delivery drivers are taking to our roads and may drive while distracted, speed, or otherwise drive negligently.
Claims against third-party delivery services are complicated and require the skill of an experienced Dallas delivery driver accident attorney. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a delivery driver, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim.
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we specialize in severe injury accidents. Our team can sit down with you in a FREE consultation, listen to what happened, and design a plan to get you the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and other costs resulting from your accident. Give us a call today at (214) 295-1008 to learn more.
Delivery companies like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Instacart pride themselves in offering fast, affordable delivery services for local restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses. Through smart phone apps, these companies can request local drivers to pick up deliveries at restaurants or stores and drop them off at users’ homes. Drivers are typically paid by the delivery, how far they need to travel, the size of the order, and the number of orders they complete in rush periods.
This system pressures drivers to go too fast. Drivers can constantly queue up new orders, so there is little downtime between orders. And they are forced to rush between residential communities and businesses. The peak hours for these services are in the evening when drivers are more likely to become fatigued and are driving in low-light conditions, increasing the likelihood of a collision.
There is no excuse for causing a needless car crash when delivering food or groceries. Drivers should know their limits and obey the law at all times. When they put profits over safety, everyone on the road is in danger.
Negligent actions that often lead to delivery driver accidents in Dallas include:
- Speeding, especially in parking lots and residential areas
- Reckless turns at intersections, parking lot exits, and business roads
- Becoming distracted by delivery apps and GPS notifications
- Fatigued driving from working in the evening
- Idle driving, where the driver is cruising around in between orders
When fully loaded with cargo, Amazon vans weigh up to two and a half tons. This creates longer stopping times and more hazardous accidents when an Amazon van crashes into a pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, or passenger car.
Amazon is notorious for creating unsafe conditions by pressuring their drivers to make hundreds of deliveries per day. Drivers are tracked by scanners that monitor their every move. This causes tremendous stress, and Amazon drivers have been known to skip bathroom breaks or take drastic measures just to meet their quotas. Amazon is endangering everyone on the road by trying to squeeze every last penny out of their delivery system.
When an Amazon delivery driver injures someone, the company is reluctant to give the victim a fair settlement. These cases can be very complicated because some of Amazon’s drivers are regular employees and others are contract workers who may be using their own vehicles to make deliveries. Amazon’s flex insurance may offer up to a million dollars in liability in some instances, but it takes an experienced personal injury lawyer with significant resources to help you get a fair settlement from Amazon’s team of high-priced lawyers.
Many large companies are hoping to save money in the future by doing away with human drivers altogether. Self-driving cars have been legal in Texas since 2017. And self-driving cars and vans are already being used by transportation companies in Michigan and Arizona.
The appearance of driverless vehicles on our roads will raise a number of serious legal questions regarding liability when accidents occur. Texas requires all drivers to carry a minimum liability insurance, and this is extended to the owners of fully autonomous vehicles operating in the state, whether for private or commercial use.
If a “robot” car injures someone, question about liability could become very complicated. The owner of the car will be liable, but what about the company that built the car? And any companies involved in creating the navigation system, sensors, and braking apparatus may also share liability in these cases. Filing a claim in an accident caused by self-driving car will require a full investigation of the accident and extensive understanding of the legal issues involved.
Following a Dallas delivery driver accident, it is important to speak to an attorney about how to proceed with an injury claim. While all drivers in Texas must have minimum liability insurance, some delivery companies provide liability coverage when a driver is on the job. UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub require drivers to have minimum insurance coverage in their state and will only offer coverage after an accident exceeds the driver’s policy.
In both claims, having an experienced attorney will investigate the accident to determine the true cost of your injuries. Then your attorney will file claims against the delivery company and/or the driver to get you the highest possible settlement.
At The Lenahan Law Firm, our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. We help people put their lives back together after an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence.
The Lenahan Law Firm only handles a limited number of severe injury cases, and we give each client our full attention. If you or someone you love was injured by a delivery driver, call (214) 295-1008 today for a FREE consultation. We have the resources to take on big insurance companies and win.
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