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gollum
 
Reply Mon 29 Mar, 2021 11:17 am
I live in New York City and I observe the young men on bicycles who deliver meals for delivery companies (e.g., Uber Eats, Seamless) hired by restaurants violate laws and get into accidents.

Who is financially responsible for accidents and for fines? The man on the bicycle? The delivery company? The restaurant?
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 29 Mar, 2021 11:35 am
@gollum,
Of course it depends (corporations which tell their employees to break the law, e.g. run red lights, can have the corporate veil pierced and the ownership could even be liable). Delivery people may be employees, independent contractors, day laborers... hard to say.

Anyone with half a brain is suing all three and letting them duke it out when it comes to liability.
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Reply Mon 29 Mar, 2021 12:35 pm
@jespah,
Hmm isn't there a Seinfeld episode eerily similar to this?

https://seinfeldlaw.com/2020/10/19/the-virgin-negligence-per-se/

Most of these sorts of delivery people are independent contractors (at least the ones you list) unless they are directly hired by the restaurant - which people like doordash and ubereats are not so in those cases you would sue the individual. They probably do not have much money so you would not recoup much in settlement.
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