Food delivery services are more popular than ever in Valdosta. If a delivery driver caused your car accident, you might deserve compensation. Our Valdosta food delivery car accident lawyers know what to do. We have been helping accident victims for as long as food delivery apps have existed. We can help you build a legal claim to recover the costs of the crash.
Contact John Foy & Associates today to get started. Working with us is risk-free because we don’t charge a fee unless we win your case. To get started with a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
We Can Help You Handle the Insurance Companies
Unfortunately, insurance companies of any kind will look for ways to deny liability. If you were injured, you’ll need to fight for the compensation you deserve. You also might need to file a claim with more than one insurer.
Companies often put money above individual rights. If a delivery driver caused your accident, don’t let anyone downplay what you deserve. You might be entitled to full financial recovery for what you’ve lost.
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Recoverable Damages from Your Accident
The laws in Georgia are clear. If you suffered injuries in an accident you didn’t cause, you have compensation rights. You can seek recovery from the person or party who caused your accident.
You can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit to fight for recovery. Most of the time, an insurance claim is the first option.
Before filing a claim, you’ll need to know your damages. Personal injury damages are any losses that result from your accident and injuries. Here are some common damages you might have to recover.
Even minor car accidents can cause severe injuries. If you were hurt, you can include your injury costs in your claim. Those expenses might consist of:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Future or ongoing treatment costs
- Mental health counseling
Medical bills often make up the most substantial part of a claim. Be sure to save all bills and receipts that show your costs. You’ll need to include documentation of your treatment in your claim.
You can claim any missed work time resulting from the accident. Lost wages refer to missed paychecks, missed hours, and more. You might also miss out on raises, bonuses, or other perks because of the crash.
Some accident injuries hugely affect your work. For example, you might need to work part-time or get a completely new job. You can claim lost earning potential in these situations.
Car accidents can leave you with a damaged or totaled vehicle. Thankfully, you can include repair or replacement costs in your claim.
Pain and Suffering
An accident can affect you mentally and emotionally, too. Your claim can include the pain and suffering damages you’ve suffered.
Pain and suffering are non-economic damages. You do not have to prove pain and suffering to recover it, but you’ll need to assign a dollar value. Our lawyers can help you do just that and more.
Proving Fault in a Food Delivery Accident
If you were injured at no fault of your own, the law requires you to prove it. Before building a case, you’ll need to determine who caused your accident—and why.
When we work on this type of case, we look at all of the possibilities. Here are some common factors in the causes of food delivery-related accidents.
Pressure on the Driver
The rise of deliveries has increased pressure for drivers. Customers appreciate fast delivery, and too-slow drivers can receive low ratings.
Companies also encourage drivers to make deliveries as quickly as possible. The time constraints can lead to careless mistakes as drivers rush from door to door. Driver negligence can quickly lead to an accident at any time.
Common careless behaviors include:
- Excessive speeding
- Distracted driving (while trying to manage a delivery app)
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Making fast left or right turns
- Failure to yield
Some drivers might use substances to handle the stress of the job. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can happen with any driver.
Food delivery is different from other driver jobs. For example, commercial truck drivers must train and obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). In contrast, food delivery drivers typically only need to:
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have at least one year of driving experience
Adults of all ages and experiences can drive for food delivery. Unfortunately, some drivers may be more inexperienced or careless than others. A new driver can deliver with minimal effort, increasing the risk of accidents.
After an accident with a food delivery driver, the insurance side of things is more complicated. Many food delivery drivers today are independent contractors instead of employees.
Contractors must carry their own auto insurance and work for themselves. If they cause an accident, the company can usually shirk responsibility in some way. You might have trouble getting compensation for your damages.
If an accident happens, the company only provides auto insurance for a driver if:
- The driver was on an active delivery (driving to deliver food or pick up an order for a customer).
- The driver goes through their own insurance first.
- The driver causes injuries or property damage to someone else.
Food delivery drivers must rely on their own insurance first in most situations. If the driver’s insurance won’t cover the accident, then the food delivery company’s insurance applies.
Talk to Our Valdosta Food Delivery Car Accident Lawyers
At John Foy & Associates, our team is here for you. We can handle the legal side of things while you focus on healing. With 20-plus years of experience and a long-standing reputation in Georgia, we know what it takes to win. Contact us today to get started with a free consultation. There is no fee unless we win your case. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.