As we phase out Governor Lee’s stay-at-home mandate, implemented in early April, business re-openings will be slow and in careful phases. The City of Nashville has a roadmap of rolling out and opening establishments.
Find out more about the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville.
Although our metro bars and restaurants may be opening in the near future, they will likely be at reduced capacity. As we all continue to shelter at home, our favorite eateries continue to offer delivery options for restaurants that remain closed, or for those of us who remain housebound. From 12South Taproom all the way to The Yellow Porch, Nashville foodies still have lots of great options.
But what about the people delivering our food and groceries? Although there are less drivers on the road right now due to school and business closures, it’s safe to assume there are more delivery drivers out there than ever. Seasoned and new drivers for companies like DoorDash, Postmates, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Bite Squad are working as hard as they can fulfilling delivery orders for customers, families, and essential workers.
And so are our goods and products delivery people, like Amazon third-party contractors. The sharp rise in home deliveries has increased the need for speedy deliveries – putting the lives of both drivers and citizens at risk. A recent investigation from the New York Times and Propublica identified “more than 60 accidents since June 2015 involving Amazon delivery contractors that resulted in serious injuries, including 10 deaths.”
The article is also quick to point out that Amazon and other companies who use third-party delivery drivers should hold much of the blame when accidents occur. “UPS trains its drivers in multimillion-dollar facilities where they are put through virtual-reality and obstacle-course hazards to learn to avoid them. Flex drivers say Amazon trains them primarily through instructional videos they watch on their phones.”
Even in the best of times, car and truck accidents happen. And during times of crisis, an accident while making deliveries can become significantly complicated for everyone. Depending on your employer, accidents and insurance coverages are handled differently, and it’s crucial you understand your rights.
Most delivery drivers are not considered employees, and therefore are not covered by workers compensation insurance. Typically, they must rely on their personal car insurance or whatever policy their particular company offers to gig workers. These insurance regulations are constantly changing, and if you suffer injury and can no longer earn money, I can help provide guidance on securing the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we’re here to protect your rights as a worker and as a citizen of Tennessee. If you’re injured in an accident involving a delivery driver or if you are injured in a wreck while driving for Amazon, USPS, FedEx, Uber, Lyft, Instacart or any other delivery service. RML’s team of dedicated attorneys can provide you with the legal guidance and support you need right now. If necessary, we have the strength and skill to fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We serve clients in Nashville, Hendersonville, or Knoxville. Call us today at 615-425-2500 or fill out our contact form. We fight for you.