Being able to get groceries or a warm bag of fast food without ever having to put down your TV remote is pretty unbeatable. Delivery services like Postmates make sure helpful drivers are never further away than your phone.
But the next time you venture out into Coeur d’Alene yourself on foot or by car, you may see that the lanes are a bit more crowded than usual, much of it rideshare and delivery traffic. On your next trip to Albertsons or Zip’s Drive-In, you might even have a confrontation with a delivery worker in a rush and driving recklessly.
Postmates Dangers Drivers Around Coeur d’Alene
If you ever observe a delivery driver around Idaho you might not be shocked to see sudden stops, speeding and aggressive lane changing, and even some veering as they check the orders on their phones.
You may be stopped at a light and a Postmates driver coming up behind you doesn’t notice the red light, because they’ve just gotten a notification from their app. The result could be an impact and a painful injury for you, all over a distracted driver’s mistake.
Your physical well-being is the most important thing at this point, but as you recover the question you’ll need answered is if the driver’s insurance is going to cover you as you heal, or will Postmates step up for the consequences of their driver’s error?
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Postmates offer insurance coverage for accident victims?
Yes, but you will have to first file against the driver’s personal car insurance policy. Postmates provides a one million dollar third party supplemental insurance policy for its drivers and their victims.
Can I force Postmates to take responsibility for my accident?
Sometimes. An attorney investigating on your behalf can call into question the driver’s background and Postmates’ policies to try to get the company to accept liability. Your lawyer can dig up driving records on the employee and also point out problems with Postmates background checks.
Can I file a claim against my own insurance policy after an accident?
Yes, you can file a claim for damages against your own insurance company if neither the at-fault driver nor Postmates will take responsibility.
Compensation after a Postmates Accident
If you are struck by a Postmates driver, the State of Idaho sets a statute of limitations on how long you have to file a lawsuit over your injuries. You have up to two years from the time of the accident to file to try to get your losses covered.
This can seem like plenty of time, but it’s always advisable to file as soon as you and your attorney feel you’re ready. You’ll have an easier time collecting evidence right after an accident. Getting a civil claim to Postmates as soon as possible is a good idea as well. The sooner they have the lawsuit in hand, the sooner they can respond, and the sooner you can get help with all of the expenses you’ve had to cover after your accident.
If you get a fair settlement offer or a successful jury verdict, you can expect compensation for many of the hardships you’ve endured. Your medical costs and your lost time at work can be reimbursed. You should also see money for any expected care you’ll need in the future. The money you’ve spent traveling to different doctors and therapists can also factor in. Your emotional trauma experienced in the accident and the mental drain of a difficult rehabilitation can also be accounted for in a settlement.
Contact a Coeur d’Alene Delivery Driver Accident Attorney
Established in Spokane in 1948, Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S. is licensed and practices in both Washington and Idaho. We are committed to providing our clients with the absolute highest quality legal representation. If our Coeur d’Alene Car Accident Lawyers represent you for your accident case with a company like Postmates, you have our assurance that we will use our absolute best efforts to win your case. Contact us after any accident resulting in a serious injury for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation. We will only offer you advice that is in your best interest.