DoorDash is a food delivery app founded in 2013. The users can place orders through the company’s app or website and enjoy the foods from their favorite restaurants without having to go to that restaurant in person. The service is a boon to restaurants that do not maintain their own delivery service because they don’t find it profitable.
DoorDash drivers may sometimes become involved in some road accidents and the parties that suffered damages may have some confusion regarding who should be sued, the driver or DoorDash. In case, you find yourself in that position, get the help of an expert DoorDash accident attorney.
In this article, we address some common questions people have about DoorDash accidents.
What To Do After An Accident Caused By A Doordash Driver?
The first thing to do after all types of accidents is to check if you or anyone else is injured. If yes, getting medical attention is very important. If you want to file an insurance claim, a police report will be very useful. Hence call the police to ensure that they visit the accident spot and prepare an accident report.
If you can, collect some evidence from the accident spot including photographs of the accident spot, your injuries if any and damages to your vehicle. If there are any witnesses, talk to them and collect their contact details just in case you will need their help as you proceed with the insurance claim.
What To Do After An Accident If You Are A Doordash Driver?
If you drive for DoorDash and got involved in an accident that was the fault of the other driver, you can sue him/her. In case there were extenuating circumstances that led to the crash, you could also sue DoorDash.
Does Doordash Provide Insurance To Its Drivers?
According to the DoorDash accident policy, the company’s accident insurance applies to the other parties alone and not the driver. However, if the driver is in possession of the delivery goods (in this case, food) the same policy applies to them as well. The insurance applies only after the personal auto insurance of the drivers is used. DoorDash requires its drivers to maintain personal auto insurance and DoorDash coverage may not apply if the driver does not do that.
The coverage that DoorDash provides amounts to $1 million. If the order was canceled or the driver was on his/her way to pick food, he/she may have to fight for getting the DoorDash insurance coverage.
What Are The Common Causes Of Doordash Accidents?
The causes of DoorDash accidents are the same as that of any road accident. Many people prefer speeding on residential streets or highways, meaning that they will find it difficult to slow down when needed or to avoid other vehicles, thereby leading to crashes.
Also, some people may change lanes without giving any prior signals causing confusion to the other drivers. Some may use their phones while driving and lose focus. Doordash drivers have to use phones to confirm orders and follow directions to the customer’s place.
What Are The Injuries Common In Car Accidents?
Accidents cause various injuries, mild and severe to the parties involved. Here are the injuries that are common in car accidents.
- Facial injuries
- Back and neck injury
- Ear damage
- Hand and wrist injury
- Nerve damage
- Knee and ankle injury
- Torn muscle
- Brain injury
Filing A Delivery Driver Accident Lawsuit
If you are filing a delivery driver accident lawsuit, you are obligated to show that the driver’s negligence caused you harm. Four key points are relevant in personal injury lawsuits.
- You were owed a duty of care.
- The driver breached the duty of care.
- That breach of duty led to a car accident.
- The car accident caused you actual physical harm
All drivers are given the duties of care which means that they are obliged to drive carefully and protect other people. Careless driving and violation of traffic laws are regarded as breaches and if it leads to a crash, the first three of the aforementioned points have been fulfilled. If you weren’t wounded physically in any way, then your personal injury claim would not be applicable. It means that the million dollar insurance policy of DoorDash will not be offered unless you suffer physical harm in an accident.
If you get involved in a car crash that was the fault of the other party, you have to do everything on your side to make your personal injury claim strong. Seeking medical attention, contacting the police to get a police report of the accident and collecting evidence from the accident scene are important steps you have to take after an accident. Stronger evidence will make it easy for you to win the personal injury claim.