Hit By a Door Dash Driver
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The advancements of technology have brought a lot of personal benefits to all of our lives. One of them is the convenience with which we can all have almost anything we want to be brought to us with the touch of a button. Food for the family, groceries for the week, and a million other things that used to be a hassle for us to get done can now be solved with nothing but our cell phones. However, with all new advancements, there becomes the potential for possible issues.
DoorDash and other food delivery services use vehicles to operate their business. Thus, there is always the possibility that one of their drivers could get into an accident with an unsuspecting victim on the roads. However, unlike getting into a regular car accident with an average, everyday person, DoorDash is a large company with a team of very well-paid lawyers on their side to try to get them off the hook for the damage their drivers may cause. If you have been in an accident with a delivery driver, do not go up against them without an experienced attorney on your side to fight for you.
DO I NEED A LAWYER?
After being the victim of an accident, it is strongly recommended that you speak with an experienced attorney to help you with your claim and make sure you are following the best course of action.
Especially when going up against a large company like DoorDash, you will want someone on your side that is looking out for your best interests. This is the best way to make sure that you can seek the maximum amount of compensation that you may be entitled to for your claim. You may want to seek compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering. You are much more likely to be successful in negotiations with an attorney who has worked on similar cases before.
It is the job of the insurance company and the lawyers who are on the other side to fight as hard as they can to pay you as little as possible. You will want someone to fight for you too, and our lawyers at Zinda Law Group may be able to help.
WHAT IS DOORDASH?
DoorDash is a San Francisco based food delivery service. They operate by delivering restaurant food to your door from restaurants that don’t have an in-house delivery system of their own. According to RestaurantDive.com, DoorDash is worth over $13 billion dollars and is the largest third-party food delivery service in the world. They provide their services in 4,000 cities.
DoorDash has insurance coverage up to $1 million dollars for victims of crashes with their drivers. However, they do not cover their drivers directly unless the driver actually had a DoorDash “product” on them at the time of the accident. Thus, if you were a driver who was en route to get a delivery pick up and got into an accident, you may have to fight incredibly hard in order to get some type of monetary relief. However, if you were a separate party who was hit by the driver, then this should be marginally easier, depending on the circumstances of your accident.
COMMON DOORDASH ACCIDENTS
At its core, an accident with a DoorDash driver really is not any different than the scenarios that may arise with any other car accident. However, each accident is unique and the circumstances will vary. Nonetheless, there are a few common accidents that may involve a DoorDash driver:
If a DoorDash driver hits you while they were speeding, than they will likely be at fault for the accident simply by the fact that they were in violation of the roadway laws.
Car accidents occur a lot of the time because drivers are distracted by their cell phones or even by changing the radio. DoorDash is no exception. If you have been hit by a driver that was distracted in some way when they crashed into you then they may be at fault for the collision.
Sometimes when we are driving, suddenly and without warning, another driver hits us from behind. This could occur at a stoplight or even while you are actively moving. The driver who rear-ended you will likely be found at fault.
Driving While Fatigued
DoorDash drivers often work long hours, work late at night, or work early in the morning. Jobs that keep you behind the wheel of your car all day can be tiring and cumbersome. Sometimes the fatigue may get the best of a driver, which may lead to a collision.
Steps to Take After an Accident With a Door Dash Driver
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a delivery driver that works for a company such as DoorDash, then there are a few steps you can take to ensure your safety and the potential success of your possible claim. Following these steps may put you in a position to seek the maximum compensation that you may be entitled to.
1. Seek Medical Attention
The most important thing to do after an accident is to make sure that you and anyone else involved are physically okay after the accident. Take the necessary steps to seek prompt medical attention, even if you may not think you are severely injured. Injuries are not always immediately apparent, so it is always important to get a professional opinion. Additionally, the medical records from a doctor’s appointment will serve as important evidence in your claim.
2. Call the Police
Always report an accident to the police. Sometimes it feels easier in the moment to leave the police out of it, but it is always in your best interest to have the police come to the scene. The police play an important role by filing an official report to create a record of what happened and who was involved.
3. Document the Accident
Not many people realize how important it is to document everything you can when you are involved in an accident of any kind. This is especially important when you know you will be fighting a large company like DoorDash. Do your best to take pictures of the scene, take pictures of your injuries, take pictures of the property damage, and make a note of anything that you think could be relevant later on. There is no such thing as too much documentation.
4. Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you have been involved in an accident, you should consider reaching out to an experienced attorney who has dealt with claims against delivery drivers. Our lawyers at Zinda Law Group are happy to speak with you today for a 100% free case evaluation so we can discuss how we may be able to assist you with your claim.
FILING A CLAIM AGAINST DOORDASH
Follow these three easy steps to file a claim against a DoorDash driver:
1. Notify Your Insurance
Reach out to your insurance as soon as possible and the insurance companies of any of the involved parties to let them know you would like to open a claim. Your attorney may be able to help you with this so that you know exactly what to say. Always remember to answer questions conservatively without giving more information than you need to.
2. Speak with your Attorney
After speaking with insurance, you and your attorney will speak with one another to implement a plan going forward. Your attorney can help investigate your claim and help you come up with a strategy on how to proceed.
3. Negotiate your Claim
The most important role than an attorney may play is to be your personal advocate in the negotiation process. The attorneys that work for the insurance provider of DoorDash will be ready to try and poke holes in your story and do whatever they can to avoid paying you the amount of compensation you are requesting. Your attorney will make sure that you don’t get taken advantage of and will look out for your best interests.
There are two basic types of compensation that you can pursue after being involved in an accident with a DoorDash driver. The first is economic damages, which include the easily quantifiable losses like medical bills or lost wages. The second type of damages is non-economic damages. These include things like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life after an accident.
Non-economic damages are not as clear-cut as economic damages because there is no exact number you can easily place on the pain of recovering from an accident that led to injury. However, your attorney will use a formula to help calculate the compensation that you may be entitled to based upon your particular circumstances.
LEGAL TIME LIMITS
Most people involved in personal injury accidents don’t realize that time is of the essence when it comes to filing a claim for compensation. Each state has a statute of limitations on car accident claims and other types of lawsuits. This is a legal time limit in which you are legally permitted to file a claim for compensation. The clock starts ticking on your car accident claim the day you are injured in a car wreck. Under Colorado law, you have three years to file any claims related to injuries sustained in the accident. After three years, you will not have the opportunity to file a lawsuit against a liable party.
In the event a child has been injured in a car accident and wants to sue on their own behalf one day, then they will have two years from the date of their 18th birthday to file a claim for compensation.
GET HELP FROM THE CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS AT ZINDA LAW GROUP
At Zinda Law Group, our auto accident attorneys have helped numerous clients seek compensation for injuries related to a crash. Beyond medical bills, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and more. As one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win your case.
Call Zinda Law Group today (303) 731-0275 to receive your free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers in Denver.
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