Amazon Truck Accident
Attorneys for People Injured in Accidents With Amazon Vehicles
Accident victims involving an Amazon delivery truck or flex vehicle filled with parcels could suffer severe injuries or death. Many parcel delivery drivers work on tight schedules, busily trying to ensure their packages are delivered on time, leading to reckless driving and fatigue.
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC represent accident victims or a loved one in personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits involving Amazon vehicles.
If you believe that a package delivery driver's negligence led to your harm, contact our office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free case review and consultation.
We accept Amazon truck accident cases through contingency fee agreements to avoid the need to pay any upfront fees until we obtain compensation on your behalf.
In recent years, Amazon has become the biggest name in online retail, with a website platform rivaling many brick-and-mortar stores or struggling to compete. Its highly efficient online site listing/selling platform delivers hundreds of millions of goods and products to nearly 3 million sellers worldwide.
Amazon sales have skyrocketed since the recent Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic started in early 2020, where many more consumers are buying products online.
To accommodate the increased sales, the company developed Amazon Flex, Two-Day Prime, Amazon Fresh, and Prime Same Day Delivery, with on-time deliveries second to none. These newly added delivery platforms have been beneficial for the company's delivery drivers and other delivery associates that deliver small boxes through rideshare programs, like DoorDash and Uber Delivery.
Amazon uses other delivery partner services, including USPS (the federal postal system), UPS, DHL, FedEx, and other shipping companies. In recent years, the company has added a fleet of company-branded commercial jets, contracted to a third-party airline, to quickly transport goods between airports nationwide.
Amazon Delivery Driver Liability
Were you in a crash with a driver working for Amazon? A personal injury attorney working on your behalf can determine if the delivery driver was an Amazon employee or a third-party contractor.
Your lawyer can ensure that all parties responsible for the crash are held financially accountable, even if the driver was a third-party contractor working for Amazon.
By law, a third-party contractor might not be a direct employee but is required to maintain commercial liability driving insurance to pay for all damages, including injuries, property damage, and wrongful death.
Their coverage should include bodily injury, property damage, comprehensive insurance, collision, no-trucking liability, and cargo insurance.
Amazon's Nearly Adopted Driver Safety Training Program
In 2018, Amazon proposed adding additional driver training where each employee participated in a five-day training protocol. However, the company scrapped the driving course claiming it might interfere with delivery schedules.
Instead, they hired thousands of more drivers, ignoring the benefits of initiating a driving safety training program as daily sales grew.
Today, most drivers deliver up to 300 boxes or more every day, with package numbers even higher during the peak season. Any driver calling in sick or failing to deliver all of their packages on time could be denied work in the future or fired from their job.
The company operates its "ridesharing" delivery service Amazon Flex paying independent contractors to deliver the company's boxes for up to $24 per hour. These drivers use their personal vehicles and carry commercial liability and can receive extended coverage through Amazon flex insurance.
The recently launched program increases Amazon's exposure to the online buying community delivering packages faster than ever. The flexible work hour opportunities allow the independent drivers to transport boxes to consumers instead of driving passengers.
Amazon Delivery Accident Fatalities
According to Business Insider, ten people in the United States lost their lives in Amazon vehicle accidents between 2015 and 2019. A recent article describes. The company evades its legal responsibility of compensating the deceased victims' families by claiming that the drivers involved in the collisions are technically company employees.
For years, the company has made promises of fast delivery to customers paying a monthly or annual subscription fee. To deliver on their promise, they have hired independent contractors who use personal vehicles instead of an Amazon delivery truck.
Unfortunately, many of these third-party contractors have been involved in crashes with innocent motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists leading to severe injuries, including ten deaths. Many of the victims and their surviving family members have never filed civil lawsuits, and those that have are not sure if Amazon can be added as a defendant.
For years the company has argued that they have no legal responsibility for delivery truck accidents, injuries, and death caused by their third-party workers. However, many plaintiffs have fought back, seeking the compensation they deserve.
Amazon Liability Insurance Coverage Problems
Amazon mandates that every delivery person maintain liability insurance coverage when their cars, trucks, vans, or other vehicles are used for deliveries. The company even provides in-house commercial auto insurance policies for excess insurance coverage.
The hazy boundaries between third-party independent delivery contracting drivers complicate who is responsible after a record.
However, other motorists and passengers involved in a collision with a delivery person where they were at fault for causing the crash should take specific steps to maximize the evidence to prove their case. These steps include:
- Call law enforcement and report the accident
- Ask 911 for emergency medical care at the scene of the accident, even if you suspect your injuries are minor. Only a competent emergency room doctor using the best diagnostic tools can accurately identify the extent of your injuries
- Document where the accident occurred, the vehicle locations, and capture any video or photographs of the crash scene
- Photograph the extent of delivery trucks and passenger vehicles' damages
- Record the delivery contractors' names, license plate numbers, insurance policy, vehicle identification numbers, and the time that the crash occurred
- Receive all necessary medical treatment after an accurate diagnosis and follow your physician's orders to heal as best as possible
- See any medical specialists referred by your doctor and follow their orders and ensure that the treatment is recorded in your medical records
- Get a copy of the police report
- Do not provide any written or recorded statement to Amazon driver's insurance companies until after discussing your case with an attorney
Contact a personal injury attorney specializing in Amazon delivery truck accidents if your injuries are severe or your property damages extensive.
Catastrophic Amazon Prime Semi-Tractor-Trailer Fatal Accidents
For years, the company moved its products across the nation using semi-tractor-trailers between Amazon fulfillment locations. During this time, Amazon experienced catastrophic accidents injuring and killing their drivers and others sharing the roadway.
Some of these catastrophic accidents include:
Fatal accident in Austin, TX on February 1, 2021 – An SUV motorist rear-ended in Prime semi-tractor-trailer, bursting into flames and killing the SUV occupant. The accident occurred on State Highway 71. The SUV motorist was traveling at a high rate of speed in the early morning hours. Both vehicles caught fire.
Catastrophic accident in Sweetwater County, WY on January 24, 2021 – A Sweetwater County sheriff's deputy recorded a video of a Prime truck crashing into the back of a semi and sliding off I-80. The video recorded the Amazon prime tractor jackknifing while passing another truck at a high rate of speed.
Fatal crash near West Palm Beach, FL on November 11, 2020 – An Amazon semi-tractor-trailer trucker was involved in a fatal collision involving a passenger vehicle in South Bay, Florida. This accident came just ten months after a Prime semi-truck caught fire on I-95.
Fatal crash on New Jersey Turnpike in June 2020 – An Amazon truck traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike rear-ended a passenger vehicle killing a one-year-old boy in a horrific accident in Middlesex County, NJ. The incident occurred just before 11:00 PM when the Amazon trucker struck the back of the Toyota Camry, trapping four occupants. Emergency medical technicians transported two adults and children to the hospital, where a three-year-old suffered severe injuries, and the one-year-old died.
Many of these accidents could have been avoided had the Amazon trucker not been speeding, recklessly driving, or making sudden lane changes while avoiding commercial truck safety regulations and state traffic laws.
Amazon Long-Haul Truck Accident Compensation
Amazon has an enormous fleet of long-haul trucks moving semi-loads of goods and products across the nation on freeways and highways. Many Amazon employees use company vehicles, while independent contractors transport freight loads between destinations, including Amazon fulfillment centers.
All commercial vehicles, including Amazon long-haul trucks, must follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules on trucker safety, vehicle safety, and restricted work hours.
Any rule violation might entitle a victim injured by a commercial vehicle to additional compensation to pay for all damages, including:
- Hospitalization costs
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and future lost earnings
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
The FMCSA writes the rules and regulations for every state and federal commercial trucking company, including Amazon. These rules promote public safety, minimizing catastrophic accidents on the nation's freeways, and include mandatory guidelines on truck safety, hours of service, trucker health, weight limits, and alcohol/drug testing.
Common Amazon Delivery Truck Accident Causes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Amazon shares many of the typical causes of their delivery accidents with other commercial delivery carriers. The most common causes of the delivery truck accident include:
- Driving distracted
- Fatigue (long work hours)
- Tight delivery schedules (unrealistic delivery timetables)
- delivery truck blind spots
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Adverse weather conditions
- Aggressive driving
- Overloaded packages
Delivery Truck Accident Lawyers – Filing a Claim
Were you injured, or did you lose a loved one in a horrific accident involving an Amazon driver or a third-party contractor? Contact the personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) to schedule a free consultation.
Our law firm has successfully counseled, advocated, and solved our clients' legal problems, resulting in over $250 million in negotiated settlements and jury trial verdicts.
We work directly with insurance adjusters to ensure our clients receive maximum compensation to pay for their medical bills, hospitalization costs, property damage, lost wages, future lost earnings, pain, suffering, funeral and burial expenses (in wrongful death cases).
During your free consultation, our attorneys will discuss your case and provide legal advice on filing a claim against Amazon or their driver's insurance provider. Our legal team will negotiate your settlement or build a case to take to trial.
All personal information and evidence you share with our lawyers and law office remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship. Our legal team currently follows CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Covid-19 (coronavirus) social distancing guidelines to ensure everyone's safety.