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When you’re hungry, everything else can take a backseat until you find some food. Luckily, the handy food delivery services around Fresno can drop snacks like burritos, sushi, or even spaghetti on your front step.

Companies like Uber Eats have built a large network across Central Valley and that includes an army of drivers who travel the roads day and night. The service can rescue a hungry family, but you may not realize all the extra traffic these services add to our local roads. It can make a big difference in your chances of getting in a serious accident.

Help for Delivery Driver Accident Victims in Fresno

Uber Eats and other delivery workers may be the most distracted motorists on the road. Imagine doing your entire job from the driver’s seat.  That’s what Uber Eats employees face every day. They can become distracted by a customer request, make a mistake in the next lane, and send you into a dangerous impact.

At Maison Law of Fresno, our attorneys specialize in supporting injured motorists and protecting their rights after a careless driver causes a collision. In the case of an at-fault delivery driver, an important question will be who can be held responsible for your injuries, the driver or Uber Eats? The answer can make a difference in how many of your expenses resulting from the accident end up being your responsibility. Our attorneys can make sure you don’t get stuck with those bills.

Distracted Delivery Drivers Dangers

Drivers working for services like Uber Eats use their cellphones for almost every stage of their workday. The distraction from new orders and location mapping can be nearly constant. Drivers may also be speeding to make sure food gets to the customer while still warm and still fresh.

The inattention can be due to a frantic work schedule or a lack of sleep. Delivery drivers have even been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The California Highway Patrol turns in reports on the dangers of distracted driving every year. In 2017, they saw almost 11,000 injury victims from accidents involving distracted driving. 118 people tragically lost their lives in these accidents.

The biggest inattention factor had to do with cellphones,  both handheld and docked versions. But distractions also included things like eating behind the wheel, and even people taking care of personal hygiene while driving.

Uber Eats Insurance for Drivers

In accidents caused by Uber Eats drivers, the driver’s personal insurance policy will be called upon first to cover your expenses stemming from injuries. This can be a frustrating process though because insurance companies often don’t cover drivers in collisions if they discover the policyholder has been working for a delivery service.

If the driver’s insurance refuses to pay or doesn’t offer enough compensation to cover your injuries, Uber Eats carries a one million dollar third party supplemental insurance that may kick in. Unfortunately, this policy will only cover drivers during certain phases of their shift. Uber Eats won’t cover accidents that happen while the driver is logged out of the app and not technically working. The coverage, generally, only protects drivers and victims while the employee has an order in the car and is on the way to deliver the food. Once the food is dropped off the protection ends.

Holding Uber Eats Responsible in an Accident

As you may have guessed, Uber Eats will try their best to avoid blame when their drivers cause accidents. They keep their drivers classified as contract workers, partly to make it easier to dodge the consequences of any collisions that happen during the workday.

If you were seriously injured by an Uber Eats driver, an attorney may be able to help you force Uber Eats to take responsibility.

Your attorney can illuminate certain factors that can make Uber Eats accept liability for your pain and suffering:

  • Uber Eats Hiring Practices – Were background checks made on the employee. Did they find anything negative in an employee’s driving record?
  • Driver’s Shift Status – Uber Eats may claim their employee wasn’t on the clock when the accident happened, but phone records and witness interviews may prove otherwise.
  • Uber Eats Safety Practices – Are Uber Eats workers trained for safe driving? Does the job tempt drivers to make unsafe choices?
  • Driver Fatigue – Is the driver exhausted and behind the wheel? Were they working for multiple delivery companies at once, causing extreme stress and distraction?
  • Vehicle Safety – Was the employee’s car safe to be on the road? Uber Eats needs to make sure they are not allowing dangerous, uninspected vehicles on the road.

Contact a Fresno Delivery Driver Accident Attorney

If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident caused by an Uber Eats driver contact attorney Martin Gasparian for a free consultation and case evaluation.

You didn’t cause your accident and you shouldn’t be facing hospital bills and the effect of lost hours at work alone. The delivery driver and Uber Eats should be held responsible for every cost associated with your recovery.

Mr. Gasparian takes a hands-on approach to every case. He believes that every client should work directly with their lawyer, get honest advice, and personalized attention to detail their case deserves.

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