Delivery Accident Lawyers Serving the Mid-South
The convenience of ordering food from your smartphone and having it delivered right to your house or office is hard to beat. Mobile delivery services like DoorDash, UberEATS, Grubhub and others have surged in popularity, especially during COVID-19. DoorDash is a food delivery service with a smartphone app allowing you to order food from your fingertips. The app’s increase in popularity means more of their drivers are on the streets each day. The Memphis DoorDash accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can help if you were injured in a crash with a DoorDash driver. Call our office at 800-529-4004 for a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney in the Memphis area.
DoorDash Car Accidents
DoorDash does not employ delivery drivers (known as “Dashers”) as full-time employees. Instead, Dashers are classified as independent contractors, and they operate their personal vehicles. When they want to work, they turn on the app, and the app connects them with delivery requests. The driver picks up the food from the restaurant and then delivers it to the customer at the location of the customer’s choice.
DoorDash accidents can be caused like any other wreck – speeding, inattentive driving, texting while driving, and even driving while intoxicated. Many DoorDash deliveries occur in residential neighborhoods and areas that the delivery drivers may not be as familiar with. Distracted driving is another common cause of DoorDash accidents, especially when drivers look down at their phones to confirm the delivery location while traffic is still moving. Further, Dashers may look down at their phones to view messages and notifications from the DoorDash app. The DoorDash accident attorneys at our Memphis firm can help victims hold drivers accountable for any of these forms of negligence.
Pursuing a Claim Against DoorDash
If you are ever involved in a car accident, you should call the police. A police report can help establish the facts of the car accident, document witnesses, and list insurance information. Further, the police report helps provide a record of the accident happening. If you are hurting, you should seek medical attention. Even if you do not go to the emergency room from the scene, you should consult with a doctor if your pain persists and does not go away.
In a DoorDash accident case, your first step should be making a claim with DoorDash’s insurance. DoorDash, similar to Uber, provides insurance coverage for its delivery drivers. For coverage to apply, the driver must be in the course and scope of his or her employment with DoorDash, also referred to as “on active delivery.” According to DoorDash, the driver must have the goods in his or her possession. While providing coverage, DoorDash also requires drivers to maintain an up to date auto insurance policy of their own. To sort through which insurance policy applies to your accident, you should call our DoorDash accident lawyers in Memphis for guidance.
To recover compensation for injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, the Dasher must have been on active delivery, and you must prove the Dasher’s negligence. Negligence refers to the failure to act reasonably under the circumstances. Violating a speed limit or traffic ordinance counts. The DoorDash injury attorneys understand the steps that must be taken to properly build your case – including documenting evidence, speaking with witnesses, securing photographs and video footage, and consulting with qualified expert witnesses.
Damages Available in a DoorDash Accident Claim
Common injuries in DoorDash accidents are back and neck pain, broken bones (arm, wrist, leg), knee injuries, ankle injuries, head trauma, nerve damage, and more. In a DoorDash personal injury claim, you can recover the same types of damages that can be recovered in a traditional personal injury claim. DoorDash’s commercial auto insurance provides coverage for economic and non-economic damages caused by the wreck, including:
- Medical bills (hospital, doctor visits, physical therapy, surgery, etc.)
- Lost wages (past or future)
- Out of pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our car wreck lawyers, with years of experience handling DoorDash accident claims in Memphis and the South, can identify the damages to which you may be allowed to collect under the law. We will utilize our knowledge of rideshare laws, understanding of insurance policies, experience litigating rideshare accident cases, and past consultations with expert witnesses to help guide you through the legal process and insurance claims process with the goal of maximizing your recovery.
Ready for Help? Our Auto Accident Attorneys Are Here for You
The Memphis DoorDash accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are here for you if you’ve been hurt in an auto accident with a rideshare or delivery vehicle like DoorDash. For a free consultation with a car crash lawyer today, call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or visit us online. With offices in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Missouri, we have the resources to fight hard for all of your rights. Let us show you how we plan to handle your case the “NST WAY.”