If a DoorDash car hits you, trust a DoorDash accident lawyer to fight for your rights.
With all the delivery drivers out there, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before you get hit by one. DoorDash (and other food delivery services) operate all over Los Angeles adding to the already busy streets. When they are not putting other drivers at risk, they are zipping through parking lots to get to the drive-thru lanes endangering pedestrians.
It’s not that they are terrible drivers, but like all delivery drivers, the more DoorDash drivers deliver, the more they make. This incentivizes them to drive a little faster, even while looking at their GPS. So, if you get hit by one of these drivers, it’s good for you to know what happens next.
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If you have been involved in a DoorDash accident and a delivery driver crashed into your car, you can take legal action by filing an accident claim with an experienced DoorDash accident lawyer. If you have suffered injuries or damage to your car or personal property, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.
Call Steers Law Firm immediately to schedule a free consultation, and learn more about the process with the information provided below.
What Should I Do Immediately After Getting Into an Accident With a DoorDash Delivery Driver?
As with any other auto accident, seek medical attention right away. It’s important to make sure you haven’t suffered any serious injuries and, if you have, they need to be documented by a medical professional right away,
At the scene of the accident, never apologize for what happened or admit fault in any way. This can be used against you in a court of law, as it seems like you are taking accountability, and therefore liability, for the entire accident.
Take photos at the scene of the accident. If the DoorDash delivery driver crashed into your car, take photos of the damage to your vehicle. Get the name and contact information of the DoorDash delivery driver and take down their personal auto insurance information as well.
If you’ve been injured by a DoorDash driver while driving or were out for a walk, then it’s important not to speak to anyone from DoorDash or their attorneys. They have one job to do, and that is to pay you as little as possible. Don’t be just another notch in their belt, but assert your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Call a lawyer as soon as possible for a free consultation about your accident – especially if you’ve suffered injuries.
What Makes DoorDash Accidents More Complicated Than Regular Car Accidents?
DoorDash accidents are more complex than a standard car accident for a multitude of reasons. Typically speaking, when someone drives to earn income, the vehicle and auto insurance coverage are provided by the employer via a company vehicle and driving policy.
A DoorDash delivery driver, however, has to use their own insurance coverage. If the driver’s personal auto insurance coverage doesn’t cover the damages of the accident, things could quickly become difficult.
Additionally, DoorDash is not automatically liable if a DoorDash driver crashed into your car. This is another difference between traditional delivery and today’s unique, hands-off delivery model. Placing negligence on the DoorDash driver and the DoorDash vehicle is difficult, so it’s crucial you get legal assistance from an auto accident law firm who specializes in DoorDash car accidents.
What Should I Know About DoorDash Liability and Insurance?
Car accidents involving DoorDash drivers are different from those involving regular drivers. Most people don’t have a complete understanding of how the personal injury compensation system works in a typical case – let alone one that involves a driver from DoorDash.
Most people are familiar with auto insurance, and they’ve heard about the multi-million dollar lawsuits against big corporations. However, those are rare, and if you are going to make a successful personal injury claim, you need to know who is responsible and who is going to pay.
How Do I Prove Negligence in a DoorDash Accident Case?
If you get hit by a DoorDash delivery driver, before you can collect compensation, you need to prove that the driver was negligent and not you. Negligence is determined by the actions of the driver and victim that led up to the accident. If either one failed to use the care and caution required by the law, then that person is negligent.
Your attorney will collect as much evidence as possible to create a strong case that proves the negligence of the DoorDash driver. Delivery drivers from DoorDash are required to use an app during their delivery shift, which many argue leads to distracted driving and reckless driving.
Your attorney will use witness testimonials and physical evidence to build your case, and will handle all communications between your insurance, DoorDash’s insurance, and any other parties involved to prove negligence in your food delivery accident case.
How Does a Lawyer Help With the Insurance Aspect of a DoorDash Accident Lawsuit?
If the DoorDash driver is at fault, then the next question is, who pays? DoorDash requires each driver to have their own auto insurance policy. If they hit someone, then the driver’s insurance will cover the damages. One problem with this is the driver must inform their insurance company that the coverage is for commercial use or the insurance company won’t pay.
Your DoorDash accident attorney will talk to your auto insurance company and DoorDash’s insurance to learn exactly what kind of insurance coverage each person has. This can be a difficult step for someone to tackle without the help of a DoorDash crash injury lawyer, as auto insurance companies often try to delay paying out claims, or seek to pay out the least amount in your auto insurance claim.
Since DoorDash driver insurance coverage is not issued through the company itself, this situation tends to get complex quickly, so seek help from a skilled accident lawyer.
Can I Sue DoorDash for My Auto Accident?
DoorDash will directly pay for damages caused by their driver under two scenarios. First, if the delivery driver is in possession of the food for delivery. Second, the delivery driver is on duty but not in possession of the food, then DoorDash will cover only after the driver’s policy is exhausted.
DoorDash auto accident lawyers understand how difficult it can be to understand the complexities of auto accidents like these. An accident with a driver from DoorDash can leave you injured, out of work, and low on cash.
The best way to stand up to big food delivery services like DoorDash, who have the resources to fight back hard against accident claims, is to file a delivery driver accident lawsuit with the help of an experienced attorney.
Common DoorDash Injuries
At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we have seen just about every car accident injury there is, and we are experienced in getting compensation for these injuries. Over the years, we’ve noticed some of the common injuries that come from delivery driver crashes, and we know that the type of injury can make a difference in how a claim is pursued. If you or someone you love has suffered one of the injuries below due to a DoorDash delivery accident, contact a lawyer right away.
Some of the more common injuries we’ve seen from DoorDash driver crashes are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken/Displaced Ribs
- Broken Arms
- Shattered Wrists
- Shattered Kneecaps
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Nerve Damage
- Airbag Injuries
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get After a DoorDash Accident?
Your DoorDash accident lawyer will fight for your right to the maximum amount of compensation possible. This includes:
- Medical bills: Your attorney will seek compensation for your medical bills if you have been hurt in this unique type of car accident. Expenses covered under “medical expenses” includes, but is not limited to: the cost of your prescription medication, the cost of doctor’s visits and hospital bills, the cost of physical therapy and rehabilitative care, medical treatment such as surgery, and more.
- Lost wages: If a DoorDash accident, or any car accident, has caused you to miss work due to your injuries, seek legal assistance as you can be compensated for your lost wages. Accident victims often fail to realize that time spent away from work is considered an accident expense, but it is.
- Pain and suffering: Accident attorneys understand that when you suffer injuries from a DoorDash delivery accident, the pain is sometimes more than just physical. Stress, anxiety and depression can cause extreme hardship for an injured victim. Our accident lawyers will fight for your right to pain and suffering compensation as well.
Contact a DoorDash Accident Lawyer Today
The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney who understands the complex insurance laws surrounding delivery drivers. Attorney-client relationship is important to us, and we understand that after a car accident you may be unsure how to pick up the pieces.
Our compassionate, hardworking car accident attorneys will stop at nothing to ensure you understand every aspect of your DoorDash accident lawsuit from start to finish, and will fight for your right to the most compensation that can be provided.
Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online if you have a DoorDash injury question. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies, other parties, and their highly-paid lawyers. Call our accident lawyers today to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.