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    Assaults Involving Food Delivery Drivers

    Published on Aug 9, 2021 at 10:00 am in Food Delivery.

    In the digital age, particularly, online delivery services have become more popular than ever, both as a service and as an easy source of gig economy work. Unfortunately, this makes certain risks of harm for delivery drivers and customers more prevalent than ever.

    Delivery driving can be a very risky business. According to a University of Delaware breakdown summarizing recent Bureau Of Labor Statistics data, delivery driving is a (perhaps) surprisingly deadly profession, with an even higher rate of fatal injuries per 100,000 workers than:

    1. Construction
    2. Mining
    3. Maintenance
    4. Masonry
    5. Firefighting
    6. Law enforcement

    It might be weird to think of food delivery as a potentially more dangerous profession than first responder work or labor as hands-on as mining and construction, but it makes sense.

    The inherent nature of their profession demands that delivery drivers interact with complete strangers with potentially every transaction, and that could potentially place them in a vulnerable position if that stranger was to be predatory and have malicious, violent intentions. 

    Conversely, delivery driving could potentially offer a predatory person a bevy of complete strangers to harass, abuse, exploit, or violently assault. Whether you’re a delivery driver or an innocuous person who just wanted to have a peaceful food delivery, what can you do when those sorts of interactions go awry? 

    Moreover, why should you consider enlisting the help of a food delivery accident attorney for your pending assault case? Keep reading on to find out.

    Food Delivery Risks

    A food delivery driver places themselves in the way of all sorts of potential harms on a daily basis. Such violently, deadly harms could include motor vehicle collisions, muggings, carjackings, or physical and sexual assault.

    It would be a misnomer to say that these delivery driver assaults are a common, widespread occurrence, otherwise, who would ever want to drive deliveries? That said, it’s still a common enough problem to rival even the dangers of construction or firefighting, and it’s a problem that is only being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic’s intensified demand for deliveries.

    High-profile outlets like NBC News and The New York Times have all taken note of the pandemic’s worsened strain on delivery driver’s working conditions. Likewise, though rarer, sometimes delivery drivers abuse their position to prey on their customers. 

    Notable incidents in this vein include a Doordash delivery driver sexually harassing a female customer last spring or the 2019 assault of Manuel Garcia at the hands of a Doordash driver and another assailant. But whether you were a delivery driver or a customer who was victimized, how can a food delivery accident attorney help your case about it?

    How Can A Lawyer Help?

    A lawyer can support you with a wide range of invaluable resources that simply wouldn’t be so attainable otherwise, resources like:

    1. Help organizing, writing, and processing paperwork
    2. Expert witnesses and authorities to strengthen your case
    3. Incident reconstructionists who can review the facts
    4. Professional experience arguing cases 
    5. Professional counsel on what and what not to do

    Learn More from a Food Delivery Accident Attorney

    If you were assaulted during a California delivery driver transaction, then consider contacting our delivery driver accident attorneys at The Ride App Attorneys today to determine if our services are right for you. We can answer your questions, so please reach out to our offices in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, or San Diego today.

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