The mobile app-based food delivery market has expanded considerably over the last five years, but business exploded when pandemic lockdowns limited restaurant options for Miami residents. As restrictions ease, there are still shocking statistics on food delivery apps and services:
- In sum, food delivery services of all sizes raked in a total of $26.5 billion in revenue in 2020. By 2025, food delivery apps should reach revenues in excess of $42 billion.
- The big four in food delivery apps are Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates.
These numbers are staggering, but they also have an impact that often goes unnoticed: The increase in traffic and other factors combine to create a higher risk of car accidents. You could be struck by a food delivery driver whose earnings depend upon speed. These incidents are similar to Uber and Lyft, so you will need to consult with a Miami ridesharing accident lawyer to learn the specifics about your situation. A few facts about food delivery crashes may also be helpful.
These claims are still based upon negligence.
Regardless of the identity of the parties, motor vehicle accidents typically occur because a motorist failed to exercise reasonable care when driving. Food delivery drivers tend to maximize earnings by servicing as many customers as possible, but they can be negligent in their haste. Drivers may:
- Drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Fail to yield right of way; or,
- Make erratic turns or lane changes.
Note that these drivers are also logged onto the food delivery service app when working, so they can be distracted in the same way as other motorists.
Unique factors impact the frequency of food delivery collisions.
Drivers for Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats know they can make more in heavily populated Miami, so they often drive from their own communities into downtown. Unfamiliarity with their surroundings can create confusion and drivers can be distracted when trying to find their way with the app.
Many types of road users are at risk.
Miami is an urban area, so many different people will share the road. In addition to car traffic, food delivery drivers will likely encounter pedestrians, bicyclists, people on scooters, and others.
Insurance works similar to ridesharing accidents.
If you are involved in a collision with an app-based food delivery service, you might be relieved to know that there are protections in place through insurance. Drivers for Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and many other services are protected by the company’s insurance policy, which covers up to $1 million in losses for victims. Like other motor vehicle collisions, your first step in the legal process will be filing an insurance claim.
Contact Our Miami Ridesharing Accidents Attorneys Right Away
For more information on crashes involving Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and related services, please contact Gerson & Schwartz, PA. We can schedule a no-cost consultation to discuss your case at our offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach.