Due to the sudden and unexpected transition to telework for most of the workers in the United States, UBER has reported some significant changes in its operation numbers. While the rideshare business declined steeply, there was a significant uptick in numbers for both UBER Eats and UBER Freight.
In these unprecedented times, restaurants across the country were shuttered to eat-in guests, but were allowed to offer meals for delivery or curbside pickup. UBER Eats is a food delivery service deemed as essential, which made their drivers eligible to pick up and deliver these meals to residences and other essential businesses. Therefore, the company saw a 53% increase in the service usage between the first quarters of 2019 and 2020.
Likewise, UBER Freight has also seen a significant increase in numbers due to the urgent needs of transport for essential items such as food and medical supplies. Within the first two quarters of the same years, the company reported a 57% increase in loads transported and delivered. The UBER Freight sector is operated as a virtual trucking carrier in which the company contracts its drivers who also have CDL licenses to haul loads.
If you are a driver who has been involved in an accident with either an UBER Eats or an UBER Freight driver, it would be in your best interest to speak with an attorney. If the UBER driver was at fault, you may be entitled to significant compensation. You should never sign any document, or admit fault in any way until you have had the opportunity to seek experienced legal advice. Both the driver and rideshare company may be held accountable for your injuries.