Uber, Lyft and other rideshare companies have made it easy for people to use their personal vehicles for business. Many takeaway food services also hire individuals to deliver food to customers. Other companies, including Amazon Flex, hire private drivers for deliveries, too. This type of business allows people to earn extra income using their own vehicles.
Insurance is required for all owners and drivers of vehicles. But if you want to use your car for business purposes, your personal coverage may not be enough. Special hybrid policies are now available so you can use your vehicle for rideshares or deliveries. Carefully examine your individual policy or talk with an insurance expert to determine what is already covered. Then you can decide what additional insurance for business you need, even if the company you work with has some degree of third-party coverage. CommercialInsurance.NET can help you find the right coverage for deliveries and ridesharing.
Do You Want to Start Ridesharing?
Uber and Lyft are the most well-known rideshare companies, but other rideshare businesses are forming throughout the country. Both Lyft and Uber have a $1 million policy program to cover drivers if:
- They are in accidents driving to pick up a passenger, or
- They have passengers in their vehicles.
However, the companies expect drivers to have their own personal liability, collision, and damage insurance. These two major rideshare companies have smartphone apps that drivers turn on when they are available. This process is divided into three phases or periods.
- Phase one is alerting the company that you are available for service.
- Phase two is accepting an assignment and driving to the pickup location.
- Phase three is delivering passengers to their destination.
Lyft and Uber will not cover you if there is an accident while you are waiting for a pickup call. You could be in your vehicle after you drop off passengers and are driving to a more central location to wait for another pickup. If someone cuts in front of you and causes a fender-bender, you will not be covered by Lyft or Uber. Your personal insurance will have to cover damages if you are not on your way to a pickup.
If you cause a collision while you are headed to a pickup location, the rideshare company will cover damages to your vehicle. They may also cover any medical claims if you are responsible for the accident. But this could your personal insurance record and it will potentially harm your position with the company.
If someone else hits your vehicle, that person's insurance should cover any damages and medical costs. If the offending driver does not have sufficient insurance, Lyft or Uber should make up the difference with their insurance.
Passengers are covered by the two rideshare companies if there is an accident when they are in the vehicle. Who caused the accident and how it happened will also be important. As with the second phase, another driver will be liable for damages if he or she caused the accident.
The rideshare driver should report an accident immediately to the police. The incident should also be reported immediately to the rideshare company and the driver's private insurance company. If you want to work with another ridesharing company, talk to an insurance representative for each company's coverage details.
Do You Want to Be a Delivery Driver?
You may decide to work part-time delivering pizzas, other foods, or cargo to customers in your own vehicle. As one-day delivery becomes standard, there's plenty of demand for enterprising individuals to start their own delivery routes. The types of personal and commercial coverage you need will depend on the company and the products to be delivered. You will be an independent contractor and you may need a separate business license in some states.
Will You Be Handling Cargo?
Your personal vehicle insurance will probably not cover deliveries, especially in regards to cargo. Separate commercial insurance that covers cargo may be required before you can work as an independent delivery service. Many insurance companies believe that cargo delivery drivers require more insurance than rideshare drivers. The drivers are responsible for the cargo while it is in their vehicles. Drivers make more stops and the cargo can be damaged or even stolen.
Doordash and Postmates are two companies that hire independent delivery people and provide third-party excess insurance for drivers making deliveries of food and groceries. Some Uber drivers also deliver food. All companies require drivers to carry their own personal liability and damage insurance. Third-party excess insurance only covers property damage or bodily injuries if they are not completely covered by the driver's personal insurance.
Pizza franchises that do not have their own vehicles may also provide third-party insurance coverage while the delivery is in progress. Drivers must carry their own comprehensive insurance.
CommercialInsurance.NET will help you find the right insurance to cover your rideshare or delivery service. We will find policies tailored to your needs based on the type of services you offer. Your vehicle and its safety features are always taken into consideration along with your driving record. Fill out the information that includes your zip code and we will contact you with the best companies and policies for your new business.