Chicago Bike Food Delivery Accident Lawyer
Uber Eats bike delivery accidents, other bicycle food delivery app crashes are common
Cyclists working for app-based companies like Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, and GrubHub deliver food to customers throughout Chicago every day – and unfortunately, they’re sometimes hurt in accidents. These bike messengers and bike couriers work through the apps and don’t have a direct boss or an office they can rely on to help support them. Serious injuries involving food delivery workers demand a strong legal response.
Knowing what to do after a serious Chicago bicycle accident can be confusing, especially if the collision occurred while a cyclist was working for a food delivery company. Who’s responsible for paying for these accidents? Do I even have a case?
The answers to these questions depend on a wide range of factors. That’s why our Chicago bicycle accident attorneys want to help. Keating Law Offices has a well-earned reputation for its skilled handling of bicycle accident cases in Chicago and nationwide. A national leader in the field of bicycle law, our firm is at the forefront of fighting for the rights of injured bicyclists in Illinois and across the country.
Founding attorney Michael S. Keating serves as the chair of the Bicycle Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice and is a member of the Board for Ride Illinois. Keating Law has litigated more bicycle crash cases than any firm in Illinois. If you were injured in a bicycle food delivery accident, make sure you have an experienced lawyer on your side. Contact our Chicago law firm to learn more about how we can help you.
Common bicycle food delivery accident injuries
Serious injuries sustained by bike food delivery drivers include:
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
- Broken bones, including bone fractures in the shoulder, arms or legs.
- Back injuries, including spinal cord injuries.
- Neck injuries, including neck fracture or sprained neck muscles.
- Internal injuries, including organ damage and internal bleeding.
Why do these bicycle accidents happen?
Bike accidents involving food delivery cyclists usually occur because a driver acted in a reckless or negligent manner. Common causes of bike delivery accidents include:
- Speeding drivers who don’t have enough time or space to avoid hitting a cyclist.
- Aggressive drivers who don’t share the road with food delivery cyclists.
- Distracted drivers, especially texting drivers, who crash into a cyclist.
- Drunk drivers who hit bike delivery cyclists riding alongside the road.
Who’s responsible for paying for these accidents?
Illinois has an at-fault car insurance system. This means that the at-fault party must pay for all injury-related expenses sustained in an accident.
What does this mean when it comes to bike food delivery collisions? The driver who caused the accident – and their insurance company – is responsible for paying for the injured cyclist’s accident-related expenses.
This might sound simple. But many straightforward bicycle injury claims quickly turn into complicated legal cases. This is because there’s often a lot of money at stake. And the at-fault driver’s insurance company will do everything they can to avoid having to pay injured cyclists the money they rightfully deserve.
How much is my bike food delivery accident worth?
Expenses can add up fast when it comes to bicycle food delivery accidents. If you or a loved one sustained an injury in such a crash, your injury-related expenses can quickly add up to thousands of dollars or much more. Such expenses can include:
- All medical care, including emergency surgery, hospital fees and anticipated, long-term future medical expenses, such as follow-up doctor’s appointments, physical therapy and future surgical procedures.
- Replacement income if the injured cyclist cannot work while they’re recovering from their injuries.
- Lost future income if the cyclist cannot return to work due to a permanent disability.
- Property damage compensation for damaged or destroyed bicycles and other equipment.
Deciding which expenses should be included when compensating injured cyclists can often be a great source of debate. The at-fault driver’s insurance company might only include short-term expenses immediately after an accident. But injured cyclists can and should be compensated for all expenses, even if they come up years after an accident.
So whether you’re dealing with an Uber Eats accident claim, DoorDash accident claim, GrubHub accident claim, Postmates accident claim, or a settlement involving another bicycle food delivery company, make sure you understand your available options. Talk to a bike messenger and bike courier accident lawyer at our Chicago law firm with locations on Milwaukee Avenue and in the Loop.
Can injured cyclists sue for damages?
In many cases, yes, injured cyclists can file a lawsuit seeking damages (financial compensation) for their bike food delivery accident. This may be the best route if the insurance company makes a lowball settlement offer, refuses to negotiate or denies an injury claim altogether.
Ultimately, only an attorney can tell you whether it makes sense to file a lawsuit in your situation. This is why injured bicycle delivery workers should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about their legal options.
Why should I hire a Chicago bicycle food delivery accident attorney?
Injured cyclists only have one opportunity to obtain all the money they deserve for all their injury-related expenses. This is why insurance companies often wage a fierce legal battle designed to pay injured cyclists as little as possible or nothing at all.
Don’t be the only one at the negotiating table without a lawyer. Contact our law firm and schedule a free consultation with a Chicago bicycle accident attorney you can trust. Our dedicated legal team at Keating Law Offices can work with you to develop a legal strategy that suits your Chicago bicycle food delivery accident. There are absolutely no legal fees or legal expenses unless we favorably resolve your case. We are here to help. If you have been injured, contact Keating Law today.