What To Do After a Delivery Driver Accident?

Last updated on: October 4, 2022

Calling your local pizzeria for a fresh pie in under 30 minutes is a weekend tradition for most families. But, in the past few decades the invention of food delivery apps has made ordering delivery even more common. To ensure speedy deliveries, companies have fleets of delivery drivers ready to fulfill orders.

The unfortunate consequence of the increased number of food deliveries is that there are more hurried delivery drivers on the road. Most of these drivers work for tips and are incentivized to make quick deliveries, thus leading to an increased likelihood of automobile accidents. If you were hit by a pizza delivery driver and sustained an injury, you should contact a delivery driver injury attorney today.

For a 100 percent free consultation with a delivery driver injury attorney from Zinda Law Group, call (800) 863-5312 today.

What Do I Do After An Accident With A Food Delivery Driver?

It’s understandable for you to be in shock after an accident, however, there are a number of things that you should do to preserve your personal injury claim. Although no two cases are the same, there are a few general steps that you can take to help navigate the process. After an accident, it’s often helpful to adhere to the following course of action.

Seek Medical Attention

Getting the necessary medical attention is always the first step after incurring any injury. Immediately after the accident, you should protect yourself from further harm by moving to a safe location and receiving medical treatment. Not only is getting immediate medical treatment crucial to prevent your injuries from getting worse, but it’s also the first step in making a successful recovery.

Furthermore, receiving medical attention also functions as an opportunity to document your injuries. As your case develops, your medical records can serve as important evidence. This evidence will function as proof of the harm that you suffered during settlement negotiations and potentially at trial.

Call the Police

An at-fault driver may try to talk you into handling things under the table. Indeed, they may make statements that make you feel uncomfortable such as, ‘we don’t need to get our insurance companies involved,’ or ‘I don’t see any damage to your car.’ In this situation, it’s best to call 911 and have a unit dispatched to the scene of the accident.

In addition to being a voice of reason, police officers serve many other vital functions, such as collecting important evidence and documenting the accident scene. If you have a suspicion that the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident or that criminal behavior was somehow involved, make sure to contact the police immediately.

Document the Accident

After completing the above steps, it’s important that you personally document the accident scene. This includes taking pictures/videos, collecting witness contact information, and recording interactions between you and the delivery driver.

Evidence that may seem insignificant at the time may become important in the future. For example, you may not have noticed an important contributing factor to the accident without having taken pictures at the time. Accordingly, you should take pictures of property damage and take note of anything else that you feel could be important later.

Contact a Delivery Driver Injury Attorney

After your injury, hiring a lawyer could be the single best move that you make in trying to get adequate compensation for yourself and your family. However, hiring the right attorney is a tough decision that relies on personal preference and the lawyer’s expertise.

Your lawyer should have experience with victims who were hit by a delivery driver, and you should feel assured by their representation. Your rights ought to be protected and a zealous advocate can help make your rights known. To speak with an experienced delivery driver accident attorney from Zinda Law Group, call (800) 863-5312 today.

Who Is Responsible For A Food Delivery Driver Accident?

The law is the same regardless of whether the person that hit you was delivering packages or pizzas. Who will ultimately be held responsible depends on many factors including:

  • What the driver was doing at the time of the collision
  • Whether the vehicle is owned by the driver or their employer
  • The driver’s insurance coverage
  • Whether the driver was completing tasks associated with their job
  • Whether the driver’s employer authorized them to be driving

In most cases, when someone is hurt or suffers property damage while at work, the employer is at least somewhat to blame. Additionally, in most cases, the employer is in a stronger financial position relative to their employee and can more easily afford a settlement.

Moreover, employers are responsible for both the well-being of their employees and any damage caused by their employees while on the clock. 

This concept of the employer being responsible for the actions of their employee is known as ‘respondeat superior,’ a Latin term that means ‘let the master answer.’ In cases involving delivery drivers who are acting in their role as an employee, respondeat superior is a legal principle that often applies.

The Dangers Of Delivery Driving

Delivery driver accidents occur at a high rate in urban city centers in larger cities or college towns. However, they can happen anywhere where delivery drivers travel. While delivery driver accidents can have a lot of the same causes as regular car accidents, some causes are more prevalent than others in these types of cases.

Accidents involving delivery drivers often occur as the result of:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigue
  • Cell Phone use
  • Tailgating
  • Aggressive driving
  • Drunk driving

These causes sometimes are working in combination with each other, resulting in the accident. Indeed, people often neglect how difficult and strenuous delivery driving is. That is not to say that the stress of delivery driving should absolve drivers from the harm they cause, but the added stress that their employer places on them to perform their job a certain way should also be considered.

Delivery Driving Isn’t Easy

As a reminder, delivery driving includes more than just pizzas. Delivery driving has turned into a vital position in our economy as more people order items online for delivery. Consider the effect of COVID-19 on delivery driving and hands-off purchases/delivery.

The economy was already heading toward utilizing contactless delivery. When the pandemic happened, the demand for delivery drivers increased and many people stepped up to fill these job roles. However, many of those who stepped up may not have realized the difficulty of delivery driving.

Lack Of Experience

Lack of experience in delivery driving is more common than ever as new people work as delivery drivers for the first time. As previously mentioned, the economy was already demanding contactless delivery and the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this demand. As a result, companies not only hired more drivers but also contracted with third-party delivery companies to fulfill orders.

Chief among the companies hiring more delivery drivers was Amazon. In fact, Amazon started using third-party delivery companies as part of their delivery service partner program in 2018. In only a few short years, Amazon’s program has grown to include more than 2,000 delivery service partners.

Pressure To Deliver Fast

Fast delivery is key to customer satisfaction and therefore the overall success of a delivery business. The truth is that retailers feel the pressure to offer fast delivery and unfortunately pass this pressure onto their employees.

Employees are incentivised to work faster and more efficiently; oftentimes being paid more for quicker and more prolific deliveries. In general, consumers receiving delivered goods are looking for three things:

  • Faster delivery
  • Low delivery cost
  • More clarity on exact delivery times

Many business owners understand that these three consumer demands can mean the success or failure of their business. Unfortunately, business owners try to maximize their ability to fulfill these demands by putting strain on their employees.

Delivery Driver Accidents Happen Every Day

Recent data submitted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that nearly one in five drivers making deliveries for Amazon suffered injuries in 2021. 

This data as analyzed by the Strategic Organizing Center (SOC), a coalition of labor unions, shows that there was a 40 percent increase in the injury rate from 2020-2021. 

This data does include common workplace accidents, but it also includes vehicle accidents of which delivery drivers are part.

Can You Sue A Franchise After An Accident With A Delivery Driver?

A lot of delivery drivers are independent contractors who operate under conditions different from those of regular employees. In some situations, a driver may be held more accountable than the hiring corporation depending on the work. However, whether the driver is responsible, or their employer must be determined on a case-by-case basis.

When determining the cause of an accident for purposes of employer liability, the condition of the vehicle is crucial. A company would be violating the law if it provided a vehicle that was not properly maintained, for instance.

Need Help? Call (800) 863-5312 To Speak With A Delivery Driver Accident Attorney Today

The aftermath of an accident involving a delivery driver leaves people feeling stressed and alone. There is no need to go through this experience by yourself, especially when the viability of your compensation claim is on the line. 

The attorneys at Zinda Law Group attorneys are experienced in delivery driver accident cases and offer a ‘No Win, No Fee Guarantee,’ which means that you won’t pay us anything unless we get a favorable outcome in your case.

If you or a family member were injured in an accident involving a delivery driver, contact the personal injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a 100 percent free consultation.

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