Pizza delivery drivers have been a community staple for decades. Now, between the drivers that businesses hire and the many drivers working for delivery apps, there seem to be as many pizza delivery drivers on the road as there are private motorists. Unfortunately, pizza delivery drivers are as likely, if not more so, to fall victim to negligence as their peers.
What should you do if you get into an accident with a negligent pizza delivery driver? You can call on Zinda Law Group’s personal injury lawyers in Austin to discuss your options.
Zinda Law has trained pizza delivery driver accident attorneys working in Austin who can help you discuss your accident. Together we can initiate a car accident claim against an offending party and fight for your right to compensation.
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Why do Pizza Delivery Accidents Happen?
Pizza delivery accidents occur for a wide range of reasons, many of which originate with driver negligence. Pizza delivery drivers have to manage a GPS as well as a product while traveling from one destination to another. However, that responsibility does not excuse misconduct stemming from a driver’s distraction, drowsy driving, or intoxication.
States like Texas also expect their pizza delivery drivers to exercise additional caution when traveling to unfamiliar locations or in poor weather. Drivers who deliberately violate roadway laws to make it to a destination faster or irritate their fellow drivers may also face accusations of deliberate misconduct if they cause an accident.
That said, you may not know why your specific accident took place without investigating its cause. You, fortunately, don’t have to re-trigger yourself when determining why your accident happened. You can request that a pizza delivery driver crash lawyer in Austin return to the scene and investigate on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a pizza delivery accidents lawyer serving Austin, call 800-863-5312
Pizza Delivery Driver Accidents Can Devastate Your Physical and Financial Future
No matter what their cause, pizza delivery driver accidents can force you to contend with substantial physical injuries. Even if you walk away from these accidents physically unscathed, you may still have to contend with property damage, lost wages, and other post-accident expenses.
How do you recover from those losses? You can reach out to the liable party’s insurance provider and demand coverage based on the protection the liable party invested in. If that support doesn’t cover your losses, though, you can take up a personal injury claim against the party responsible for your crash.
You can specifically include economic and non-economic losses in your demand for damages that you submit to Austin’s civil courts. This means that the liable party may be financially responsible for your physical recovery and any pain and suffering or emotional distress related to your accident.
You can discuss what specific damages your accident entitles you to with an Austin, TX, pizza delivery driver accident lawyer. Note, though, that if you want to fight for these damages, you must submit your claim before Texas’s statute of limitations expires.
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Who Can You Hold Liable for a Pizza Delivery Driver Accident in Austin?
If someone or something, like a restaurant, is “liable” to you for your injuries, you have a legally enforceable claim against them because of your harm. Basically, it means that they breached a duty or obligation they had, which caused you harm.
In most car accidents, the other driver is liable to the injured party. This is also typically the case in a pizza delivery driver accident. However, there are times when another party is liable, too: the restaurant that employed the driver who hit you.
Holding a Corporation Liable for an Individual’s Misconduct
Texas recognizes a legal doctrine called respondeat superior, which says that an employer can be held liable for the wrongful acts of an employee when those acts are committed within the scope of their employment.
For example, if the pizza delivery driver was not “on the clock” at the time of your accident, then the restaurant would likely not be considered liable. However, if the driver was actively making a delivery when the accident occurred, then he was acting “within the scope of his employment,” and therefore the restaurant could be liable to you.
In order to successfully prevail on a respondeat superior claim, you need to show that the driver was an “employee” of the restaurant; this may sound like an easy task, but that isn’t always the case.
Sometimes the restaurant may try to argue that the delivery driver was functionally an independent contractor, not an employee. Therefore the doctrine of respondeat superior does not apply to them. Experienced Austin pizza delivery accident lawyers, like those at Zinda Law Group, know what it takes to successfully hold the restaurant liable.
Third Parties’ Liability in Pizza Delivery Accidents
Other parties may also be liable to you instead of or in addition to the restaurant. For example, if the delivery driver’s brakes failed and ultimately caused the accident, then the vehicle manufacturer may be liable to you under a doctrine called product liability.
To prove product liability, you would need to show that the defendant manufacturer sells the brakes that were on the car driven by the pizza deliverer, that the brakes were defective when they were sold, that you suffered an injury, and that the defective brakes were the actual or proximate cause of your injury.
This may sound complicated, but our personal injury lawyers are well-versed in this field of law and know how to prove your case if necessary.
Let Zinda Law Represent You in a Pizza Delivery Accident Case
You don’t have to untangle a web of professional relationships to secure damages for a pizza delivery accident alone. Zinda Law has attorneys operating in Austin, TX, who can guide you through the process of investigating your losses. You can then let us represent you as we bring your claim forward and fight for your right to accident compensation.
Are you ready to learn more about the work Austin pizza delivery driver crash lawyers can do for you? Contact Zinda Law through our contact form or by calling our office during business hours. We can schedule your stress-free case consultation today. You, in turn, can learn about the steps you need to take to hold a negligent pizza delivery driver liable for their misconduct.
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