Colorado Pizza Delivery Accident Lawyers
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While so much of everyday life has rapidly transformed over recent years, the demand for pizza delivery has remained largely consistent as people appreciate the convenience of being able to easily order a hot pizza delivered to their door. Unfortunately, pizza delivery accidents have grown to be a serious danger because some food delivery drivers who are inexperienced or pressured to meet short deadlines delivering pizzas decide to speed or drive recklessly. Our Colorado pizza delivery accident lawyers are here to help.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pizza delivery accident in Colorado, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced Colorado pizza delivery accident lawyers. We can help you seek the maximum compensation you may be entitled to after your accident. If we are not able to win your case, you will not owe us anything.
Why are delivery drivers more likely to cause pizza delivery accidents in colorado?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are approximately 1.5 million pizza delivery drivers and members of various other, similar “driver-sales” occupations across the United States. The number of these occupations is expected to grow faster than average over the next ten years, at a rate of approximately 12 percent.
Meanwhile, these workers work in one of the five most dangerous occupations in the United States. From 2015 to 2019, at least 334 workers in this industry were killed while working, with 83 workers dying in 2019 alone. Of these workers who lost their lives while working, approximately 72 percent of them were victims of fatal transportation accidents, and roadway accidents involving vehicles were one of the two leading causes of nonfatal work injuries to these workers.
What if the delivery driver worked for a delivery service?
Adding another layer of complexity to determining liability after a pizza delivery driver accident is whether the delivery driver involved in your accident worked for a delivery service such as UberEats, DoorDash, or Grubhub, or for the pizza company itself. Unlike delivery drivers working directly for pizza companies like Dominos or Pizza Hut—who are not necessarily covered by the company’s insurance—accidents involving drivers for many of the most popular delivery services may be covered under insurance policies provided by those services. The specific coverage that may be apply to your accident will depend on the individual service.
DoorDash provides insurance coverage for accidents where the damages may exceed the delivery driver’s personal insurance coverage. This means that if you suffered injuries and damages that exceed that driver’s personal policy limit, DoorDash’s insurance policy will provide up to $1 million in additional coverage as long as the driver was on the DoorDash app at the time of the accident.
Like DoorDash, Postmates provides $1 million in additional insurance coverage for accidents that exceed their delivery driver’s personal coverage, as long as the driver was on the Postmates app at the time of the accident.
UberEats insurance coverage is similar to coverage for its rideshare services, with liability coverage in place for any accidents that involve property damage or bodily injuries. Similar to their rideshare coverage, if the UberEats delivery driver is in the middle of a delivery at the time of the accident, whether on his or her way to pick-up or drop-off the food, then the UberEats’ policy will provide up to $1 million in coverage for the accident.
However, if the driver was live on the Uber app but had not yet picked up the pizza, then UberEats will only provide limited coverage:
- up to $50,000 in coverage for personal injuries per person,
- up to $100,000 total per accident for personal injuries,
- and up to $25,000 in coverage for property damage.
How much will my case be worth?
The amount of compensation you may be entitled to after a pizza delivery driver accident will generally vary from case to case based upon the unique facts and circumstances of your individual accident. Your Colorado personal injury lawyer can help you pursue maximum compensation for any injuries and damages suffered in your accident, such as economic and non-economic damages, including:
After your accident, you can seek compensation for any medical costs you incurred as a result of the accident. Pizza delivery driver accidents, like other auto accidents, can cause a variety of injuries ranging from minor whiplash or bruises to serious and life-threatening or even fatal injuries.
You can typically obtain compensation for the cost of any diagnosis and treatment expenses related to these injuries, including the costs of any future treatment that may be required to continue treating more serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These expenses may include ambulance costs, ER visits, physical therapy, medication, or other necessary costs.
Loss of Income
If you were forced to miss time from work while seeking treatment for your injuries or while recovering after the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for any income you lost as a result of this missed time from work.
Loss of Earning Capacity
If your injuries were so severe that you can no longer perform the same level of work or can no longer work to the same extent as before the accident, you may also be entitled to compensation for this loss of earning capacity. Generally, the amount of compensation you may be awarded will be calculated by the difference in the level of income you were earning before the accident as compared to the income you are now able to earn because of your injuries.
In some cases, your injuries may be so severe that you suffer a permanent disability. Aside from being entitled to any loss of earning capacity this disability may cause, you may also be entitled to compensation for the disability itself, such as for the loss of fingers, toes, or limbs that will permanently impact your quality of life.
In addition to compensation for economic damages caused by your injuries, you can also seek compensation for the cost to repair or replace your vehicle that was damaged in the accident.
Pain and Suffering
A skilled attorney can also help you pursue compensation for non-economic damages caused by the accident, such as the emotional and mental anguish you suffered. This compensation will take into account the pain and suffering you were forced to endure as a direct result of your injuries, as well as emotional anguish such as nightmares, PTSD, and similar forms of anguish that can be caused by traumatic events such as serious vehicle collisions.
Finally, aside from pursuing compensation for your economic and non-economic damages, your lawyer may be able to seek punitive damages if the liable party’s behavior was especially egregious. Most punitive damage awards are intended to deter the behavior from being repeated again by the same party or by other parties who would wish to avoid similar punitive damage awards.
Obtaining punitive damages after a car accident is difficult, and they are rarely awarded by Colorado courts. Your injury lawyer will review the specific facts and circumstances of your case to determine whether punitive damages may be available after your accident.
Frequently asked questions
Because car accidents involving pizza delivery drivers can be especially complicated, there are many questions that accident victims in Colorado may need answered to better understand how to successfully pursue the compensation they are entitled to for the accident. Fortunately, your Colorado injury attorney can discuss these and other questions that may be applicable to your accident, such as:
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Car accidents involving pizza delivery drivers—just as with any car accident claim or any other personal injury claims—are subject to Colorado’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations establishes the legal timeframe within which you are able to pursue compensation for any injuries or damages suffered in an accident. To hold the at fault party liable for the accident they caused that resulted in your injuries or damages, you must file your claim on time.
For personal injury claims in Colorado involving car accidents, the statute of limitations is three years. This means that in most cases, you will only have three years from the date of your accident to file any claim seeking compensation for your injuries and damages. Unless the deadline is tolled in your case, any lawsuits filed after this deadline will be barred, and you will not be able to obtain any compensation.
What If The Delivery Driver Was Using A Relative’s Car?
It is common for many pizza delivery drivers in Colorado to use a relative’s vehicle to perform their deliveries, especially as many of these drivers are quite young. If you have been involved in an accident with a pizza delivery driver, and the driver was using a relative’s vehicle or the vehicle belonged to a third party instead of the delivery driver or the pizza company, the insurance policy possessed by the car’s owner may be applicable to your accident.
The delivery driver may be covered even if he or she was not on the insurance policy; it will depend on the specific policy, of course. This coverage could be the first policy to apply, while the pizza company itself or delivery service such as UberEats may also be potentially responsible. Your attorney can help you determine liability for your accident as well as which insurance policies, if any, may be responsible for providing coverage for your accident. With a skilled attorney’s help, you will be able to best pursue any compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries and damages.
Should I Contact the Insurance Company Directly?
In many cases after an accident, the injured victims may consider contacting the other driver’s insurance company directly after the accident. Depending on the nature of the accident and the extent of your injuries, contacting the insurance company without the assistance of a skilled personal injury lawyer could actually hurt your chances of obtaining the compensation you may be entitled to.
If you or a passenger were seriously injured in the accident, the insurance company may attempt to ask you questions or get you to provide statements that, if taken out of context, could weaken your claim. For example, the insurance company will record any calls, and the claims adjuster will ask you to provide your version of events before asking more specific questions.
Some of those questions may sound compassionate, but they are intended to draw answers out of you in which you may imply or admit that you made a mistake or that you failed to take some action that could have prevented the accident. Before speaking to the insurance company, you should instead call an experienced Colorado personal injury lawyer to discuss the nature of your accident. Let your lawyer work with the insurance company on your behalf to make sure your rights remain protected.
If your accident did not result in any injuries and it only resulted in minor damage to your vehicle, then you may be able to speak with the insurance company directly to obtain the necessary compensation to repair or replace your vehicle without having to hire an attorney. If you do speak directly to the insurance company, however, be very careful to avoid admitting any fault or responsibility for the accident at all. Insurance companies will use any admission or other statement you make that could imply you feel any guilt or responsibility for the accident in their attempt to avoid paying any compensation after your accident.
contact skilled colorado pizza delivery accident lawyers near you today
Car accidents are a serious concern for anyone on the roads in Colorado as they can happen at any item and potentially cause severe, life-threatening, or even fatal injuries. As the number of vehicles on the road continues to increase, so does the number of delivery vehicles on the road. The ease of ordering food delivery continues to rise in popularity, and pizza companies are benefitting substantially, especially as more and more customers are using food delivery services like UberEats or DoorDash.
How can zinda law group help me?
If you or your loved ones have been involved in pizza delivery accidents in Colorado, call Zinda Law Group as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation with a Colorado injury lawyer. We would be honored to discuss your legal rights and how much compensation you may be entitled to.
Your attorney will walk you through the next steps to take after your accident to file your claim, using their experience gained from helping other car accident victims in Colorado file claims against food delivery drivers for maximum compensation. The skilled team at Zinda Law Group will thoroughly investigate your accident, gathering evidence to support your claim as well as to prove liability for your injuries and damages. Then they will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and prepare to take your case to trial if necessary to help you recover damages after your accident.
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