Car Accidents With Delivery Drivers In Tucson, Arizona
At this time of year, it seems like almost every other vehicle on the road is completing some type of delivery. The pandemic has accustomed many of us to ordering our goods online rather than shopping at a brick-and-mortar. More delivery drivers on the road mean that the likelihood increases of being in a traffic accident with a delivery driver. There can be special considerations if you’ve been injured in an accident with a delivery driver. Our team can help you make sense of it all and maximize your injury award. Call 520-441-1450 to schedule your free consultation with our Tucson personal injury lawyers today.
Types Of Delivery Accidents
More and more goods (and sometimes services) are being transported by drivers rather than being picked up by the customer personally nowadays. That means that more and more accidents are being caused at least in part by delivery drivers.
Rideshare (Uber, Lyft)
It is possible to be injured by a rideshare driver while riding as a passenger in their vehicle or while driving in your vehicle. Many of these types of services have a $1 million policy for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and more. In severe circumstances, the accident victim may also be able to go after the driver’s auto insurance policy. Talk to a Tucson injury attorney for more information at 520-441-1450.
Food Delivery (DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub)
If you are injured by a driver in the middle of completing a delivery for a meal delivery service, you should take note. You could also be a meal delivery service driver injured in the course of your job. DoorDash, one of the most popular meal delivery services, has a $1,000,000 insurance policy for its drivers. This also includes $500/week for disability payments and $150,000 in survivors’ benefits. Other meal delivery services offer similar insurance policies for their drivers.
Truckers need to have a CDL or commercial driver’s license and abide by special limitations set by the state. This is, in part, because semi-trucks are large and have the potential to cause serious and fatal injuries. A personal injury attorney can examine the facts behind your injury claim to see if any trucking laws were violated in your accident with a semi-truck.
Amazon & Package Delivery
Amazon delivers approximately 1.6 million packages per day. Amazon packages are being delivered both by Amazon vans and personal vehicles these days. The difference in vehicles could be huge in the severity of injuries incurred in an accident with a package delivery driver. If an Amazon Flex driver was at fault for a traffic accident that caused injury, the victim would most likely be covered by the $1 million Amazon Flex insurance policy. You should always contact an attorney before reaching out to Amazon about being injured by one of their drivers.
Potential Damages After An Accident with a Delivery Driver
All of your injuries could be more severe after an accident with a delivery driver if they are driving a larger vehicle. Serious injuries tend to mean higher damages across the board. A personal injury attorney can help you determine your total damages so that you can send a sufficient demand letter to the at-fault party. Otherwise, it will be harder to negotiate your settlement back up if you start with too low of a demand. In general, you should always contact a plaintiff’s injury attorney before beginning the process of dealing with insurance adjusters.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to be reimbursed for the cost of your medical expenses- both in the present and in the future. It’s generally best to wait until the medical treatment has concluded before seeking medical damages in a personal injury claim, but that isn’t always possible. An accident victim will usually be bound by Arizona’s 2-year statute of limitations for car accidents, but this could be reduced or extended based on special circumstances.
An accident victim could miss significant time from work due to their injuries, as well as follow-up appointments throughout their course of treatment. These damages are easier to calculate when the victim works for a straight salary or hourly wage. But things can become more complicated if the victim is an independent contractor, business owner, etc. Additionally, if the victim has experienced a permanent injury or disability due to the accident, this could reduce their lifelong earning potential. This is another damage that can be collected in a personal injury suit.
Loss Of Consortium
Not all contributions to a household are financial. This type of damage usually represents the loss of the accident victim’s typical contributions to the household due to the injuries. This can include household cleaning, running errands, caring for children, and even sexual relations. However, it is sometimes easier to lump this damage in with pain and suffering.
Pain & Suffering
Pain and suffering is a damage that can often encompass all of the intangible inconveniences and stresses that an accident can cause. Pain and suffering can also be used to specifically represent the physical and emotional trauma caused by the accident and ensuing injuries. As you can imagine, it’s hard to put a specific dollar amount on the pain and suffering caused by a car accident. There are several methods lawyers use to determine an appropriate pain and suffering award. The most commonly used method is the multiplier method. Here, a “multiplier” will be assigned to the victim’s claim. That multiplier will usually be a number between one and five. Serious accidents with severe injuries are more likely to be assigned a multiplier closer to five. Special factors, like if the driver was drunk or a trucker exceeded driving hours limits, could also increase the multiplier. The rest of the victim’s damages will be multiplied by the multiplier to calculate pain and suffering. Because pain and suffering can become such significant, a personal injury claimant should be prepared to prove their pain and suffering with clear and convincing evidence. This includes following doctor’s orders and visiting any other specialists they may recommend.
The results of some traffic accidents are truly tragic. If someone is injured in a car accident caused by a delivery driver, one of their loved ones can bring a claim for wrongful death on their behalf. These types of cases generally have extremely high damages and may be defended fiercely by the insurance company. Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible if you plan on bringing a wrongful death suit against a personal injury company.
Your Tucson Injury Lawyers
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a delivery driver, you could have been injured more severely than if you were in an accident with a standard passenger vehicle. On the flip side, you could be due compensation under an insurance policy that is much higher than what most drivers have. Our Tucson Injury Lawyers have the knowledge and experience to render you a much higher injury award than the insurance companies will offer a plaintiff on their own. We can take care of legal deadlines, technicalities, and negotiations so that you can focus on your medical treatment and get back to your usual activities. Don’t let yourself be the victim of a wealthy corporation- contact us or call 520-441-1450 to see what our injury team can do for you today.
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