If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with an Amazon delivery truck, you may be wondering what steps to take next. The law firm of Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters,’ has worked with hundreds of families involved in delivery truck accidents to receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us today by calling us at (800) 529-0804 or contacting us online to receive your free case evaluation.
Over the past decade, Amazon has quickly grown to become one of the largest corporations in the world. In the U.S., Amazon delivers billions of packages annually, leading to countless delivery trucks and vans being on the road at any given time to meet the demands of this retail giant. Unfortunately, due to the massive demand for Amazon products and hundreds of Amazon delivery vehicles out on the road, Amazon delivery trucks are responsible for collisions almost daily.
Amazon was created in the mid-1990s by founder Jeff Bezos in Seattle, Washington. While starting primarily as a book, video, and music retailer, Amazon quickly grew to sell additional products. Now, Amazon is one of the largest companies in the U.S. information technology industry and employs an estimated 1,298,000 employees. In addition, Amazon utilizes several transportation services to deliver its packages and also hires independent contractors to deliver packages.
Amazon delivery drivers are expected to make around 300 package deliveries a day, often within an eight-hour window. This puts incredible pressure on delivery drivers to meet their quota. As a result, hundreds of accidents have occurred with amazon delivery trucks, with some of those accidents sadly resulting in fatalities. If you or a loved one have been involved in a collision with an Amazon truck driver and have sustained an injury, you may be able to seek compensation for the damages incurred to you by pursuing legal action.
Several common causes result in an accident caused by an Amazon delivery truck or van driver. These causes include:
Just as with any other type of vehicle, an accident involving an Amazon delivery vehicle can result in mild injuries to severe or life-threatening injuries depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Common injuries that may be incurred from an accident with an Amazon delivery truck include:
If you have been involved in an accident with an Amazon delivery truck driver, you should take the following steps:
If you or a loved one have been injured after a collision with an Amazon delivery vehicle, you may wonder if you can sue Amazon directly for your injuries. However, in many instances, using Amazon directly will not be possible. This is because many delivery vehicles used by Amazon are not owned directly by Amazon, and the drivers are not Amazon-hired employees but rather independent contractors hired by a division of Amazon. Therefore, in court, the liable party will often be the independent contractor or the company that hired the independent contractor, not Amazon itself, as Amazon drivers are not employed directly by Amazon. However, Amazon will require that all of their independent contractors hold liability insurance to cover accidents in which the driver is found liable.
There are many reasons why you should strongly consider retaining an experienced Amazon truck accident attorney following an Amazon truck collision. The sooner you obtain representation, the sooner you will be able to ensure that your claim is protected and that your right to just compensation is fought for. Below discover some reasons why it is advisable to retain an Amazon truck accident lawyer.
1. Costly Medical Expenses
Amazon truck accidents often lead to severe injuries, lost wages, and even permanent disability or death. Insurance companies and/or trucking companies may deny fault or may attempt to offer a settlement figure that will not adequately cover your current and future expected medical expenses. An experienced attorney can help ensure that your damages are adequately compensated, including projected future losses.
2. Determine Liability
Amazon truck accidents are often complex, as multiple parties may be liable and injuries sustained are often severe. Liability is often unclear or may be otherwise disputed. An experienced attorney can help obtain valuable evidence and testimony to determine liability.
3. Cover Your Losses
Damages from involvement in an Amazon truck trucking accident often far exceed medical expenses and property damage. You or a loved one may have also sustained the following types of damages:
As some of these losses are non-tangible, you will need an experienced Amazon truck accident lawyer to fight aggressively for your right to fair compensation.
4. Handle Insurers
Insurance companies are often for-profit corporations, so it is in their interest to minimize costs paid out in settlements. Therefore, they will attempt to pay you as little as possible following a collision. Insurers may use your own words against you or hire professionals to discredit your claim. Don’t try to negotiate with insurers alone. Call an experienced personal injury attorney who will be able to help manage these negotiations for you and fight for the compensation you deserve.
5. Build Your Case
An experienced Amazon truck accident attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to protect and strengthen your claim. Evidence may include:
6. Get Legal Advice
Amazon truck accident cases can be confusing and complex. However, you can rely on your Amazon truck accident attorney to put your mind at ease and allow you to focus your attention and energy on recovering. In addition, your attorney will be able to advise you as to the best steps moving forward to obtain the best possible outcome for your claim.
Seeking compensation from a large corporation such as Amazon can be complex and overwhelming, especially if you are recovering from the aftermath of a severe accident. The experienced attorneys at Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters,’ are here to help you through the legal process and ensure that you receive the just compensation you deserve for your damages. Call us today to receive your free, no-obligation consultation by calling us at (800) 529-0804 or contacting us online.