Postmates goes beyond any other app-based food delivery service in California. That’s because it doesn’t just deliver food to your door or workplace like Door Dash or Grub Hub. Postmates delivers just about anything just about as fast as it can be delivered too. What comes to issue is that with all of the other delivery services throughout California, drivers who are continually in a hurry to get somewhere fast have increased. That fosters bad driving habits and accidents. So, what happens after you’re hit through the carelessness and negligence of a Postmates delivery driver?
Postmates Drivers are Independent Contractors
Postmates drivers aren’t actual employees. They’re independent contractors. At all times when working in association with Postmates, its delivery drivers must have current auto liability insurance in the minimum amount established by the State of California. Unfortunately for injured car accident victims, those limits are unrealistically low at $15,000 for personal injury, $30,000 maximum per occurrence and $5,000 for property damage. That’s not enough to cover orthopedic surgery and hospital bills after an arthroscopic surgery for some torn knee cartilage after a Postmates driver goes through a stop sign and broadsides you.
Excess Coverage by Postmates
Postmates is one of the companies that indeed carries excess insurance coverage for its drivers. What comes to issue though is that for the excess coverage to be triggered, the Postmates driver who caused the accident must have been logged into the Postmates app at the time of the accident. For accidents that occur under those circumstances, the company carries a $1 million bodily injury limit.
Obtaining Compensation for Your Injuries after a Postmates Accident
If you were injured in an accident that was caused as a result of the carelessness and negligence of a Postmates driver, you can pursue compensation for your injuries and damages. Here are some common reasons for accidents that might be caused by Postmates drivers who were in a rush:
- Exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for traffic or weather conditions is the most common cause of Postmates driver accidents. Being in a hurry drastically increases the chances of being in an accident.
- Distracted driving is probably the second leading cause of Postmates driver accidents. Drivers are often taking phone calls, texting or just plain lost and using a GPS to get to where they’re going. Distraction impairs a driver’s ability to driver safely.
- Disobeying traffic signals or stop signs is poor driver behavior that also causes delivery driver accidents. Drivers are required to come to a complete stop, yield to cross traffic and proceed across an intersection only when it’s safe.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both. Neither alcohol nor drugs will help you stay awake when you’re moonlighting.
California Postmates Accident Lawyer
Don’t give an opposing insurance company any type of a statement, no matter what its representative says. Your truthful words might be twisted and used against you. California law doesn’t require you to give any such statement without an attorney being present on your behalf. Rather than giving that statement, contact our offices instead to speak with a California delivery accident lawyer at no cost to talk about all of your legal alternatives. If we’re retained on your behalf, no up-front legal fees are even due. We take these cases on a contingency fee basis, so we’re not paid unless we obtain a settlement or award on your behalf. Remember, don’t give a statement, and contact us at your earliest possible opportunity after a Postmates accident anywhere in California.