Lawyer for Accident with an Amazon Van
One site increasingly visible is that of the Amazon delivery van. Amazon has taken American merchandising by storm, and part of the reason is their ease of purchase and quick delivery. Amazon utilizes an ever-growing number of delivery drivers to shuttle their packages every day.
Because of the deadlines imposed upon the drivers and the sheer number of deliveries required each day, Amazon drivers are pushed to the limit, which can lead to accidents.
Recent estimates put Amazon’s annual deliveries at over 600 million packages. That estimate can be wildly low, given other data that indicates that Amazon sells and delivers billions of parcels worldwide. The delivery numbers by Amazon itself are growing rapidly to reduce its costs of shipping through other carriers.
Amazon and the Independent Contractor Defense
Amazon-like many large companies seek to use the “independent contractor” defense. Such defense claims that another entity was the employer of the driver responsible for the accident and not Amazon itself. Motivations for structuring driver hiring through contractors is to reduce and control costs and also to avoid liability of severe injuries or wrongful death. There is also a component that saves corporate dollars in eliminating obligations for employee benefits from Amazon. The company is actively seeking new contractors under its Amazon Delivery Service Partners program
Houston has a Lot of Amazon Vans
The exact number of Amazon vans delivering in the greater Houston area is unknown. But there is no doubt that next week there will be even more Prime vans bringing packages to folks in Texas. In 2020 the number of Amazon delivery drivers has skyrocketed.
A careful evaluation is required of the actual status of any Amazon driver involved in a severe injury accident.
Amazon Insurance Coverage Issues
Amazon drivers must maintain their insurance coverage if they use their vehicles for deliveries. According to Amazon’s website, Amazon supplies, excess insurance coverage called the Amazon Commercial Auto Insurance Policy. Amazon Flex is another program that complicates the evaluation of insurance issues after a wreck.
What to do After an Accident with an Amazon Delivery Truck
If you are injured in an accident with an Amazon van, and the van driver was at fault, here are a few suggestions for your first steps.
- Call the police and require a crash report
- Document the location of the vehicles if you can get photographs or video
- Document the damage to both vehicles by a photograph
- Obtain any necessary medical treatment and follow your doctor’s orders to the letter
- Seek out medical help from specialists when needed
- If your injuries are severe, contact an experienced injury attorney for a consultation
- Do not give any recorded statements to the other driver’s insurers until you have spoken with an attorney.
Why Are There So Many Amazon Accidents?
The popularity of Amazon has been nothing short of a miracle. The company has a growth rate that is unmatched on Wall Street. A big part of the growth is the fast delivery of products. Nothing is easier than two clicks and the product at your door in a day or two.
But with the repaid expansion of the delivery end of the company comes pressure. Many accounts exist of Amazon drivers feeling pressure to deliver as fast as possible. The pressure to deliver means cutting corners and traffic accidents.
Choose Your Attorney Wisely
Who you choose to represent you after an accident with an Amazon driver can impact your case. The rule of thumb is the more severe the injuries or damages the more important your choice of counsel.
We have been winning multi-million dollar commercial vehicle accident settlements for over three decades. Our firm does not take every case we are offered, preferring to limit the number of personal injury cases we accept in order to provide top-notch legal representation.
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