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Seeking Compensation After a Crash with an Amazon Delivery Truck

Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on May 27, 2021 in Auto Accidents

smiling delivery driver writing on clipboardAmazon’s ability to deliver packages in two days has brought unprecedented convenience to our lives. There is a downside though: Amazon trucks fill our highways and interstates every day, potentially increasing the risk of a truck crash.

Do you know what to do after a crash with an Amazon delivery truck? For that matter, do you know what to do after a crash with a UPS or FedEx truck?

Below, learn more about seeking compensation after a crash with an Amazon delivery truck or another company’s delivery truck. Phillips Law Group has secured millions on behalf of auto accident victims in Phoenix and throughout the state of Arizona. An initial consultation with one of our Phoenix truck accident lawyers is free of charge and there is no obligation to take legal action.

Can You Sue Amazon for Damages?

You might be able to sue Amazon if the driver is employed by them. However, many Amazon delivery truck drivers are employees of other companies that have been contracted out to Amazon. This excludes drivers making deliveries from Wholefoods.

While it may be possible to file a lawsuit, truck crash claims are generally resolved through an insurance settlement. If you were injured in a truck crash, and the driver is liable, your lawyer may be able to file a claim against the liability insurance on the truck. Make sure to exchange information with the driver at the scene, such as:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Employer
  • Insurance provider

The driver may want to rush out of there because he or she fears missing other deliveries and getting fired. However, you should always call the police after a crash, and those involved are usually required to remain at the scene.

Some companies provide insurance for delivery drivers, while others do not. Drivers may be held liable for damages in a crash so they should purchase insurance if it is not provided by their employer. The insurance delivery drivers carry on their personal vehicles is unlikely to apply to an accident that occurs while they are making a delivery. They likely need to purchase a separate commercial insurance policy.

The experienced attorneys at Phillips Law Group have many years of combined experience dealing with insurance companies and determining coverage for crash victims. Our goal is to pursue maximum compensation for the damages you suffered.

Risk Factors for Amazon Delivery Truck Crashes

The most obvious risk factor for Amazon delivery truck crashes is the pressure to make scheduled deliveries. One of the main reasons so many people continue to subscribe to Amazon Prime is for the two-day deliveries. Those running Amazon know they must make sure customers receive their packages when they are expecting them.

In fact, the New York Times has reported Amazon delivery drivers must make 999 of 1,000 deliveries on time. Otherwise, they risk being penalized or fired. Amazon tracks drivers and packages and knows when there is any slight delay with a package. This puts tremendous pressure on drivers, which may result in various forms of reckless driving, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Drowsy driving
  • Tailgating
  • Running red lights
  • Running through stop signs
  • Not checking blind spots before changing lanes
  • Distracted driving

The margin for error is so thin that a driver may feel he or she cannot risk waiting for a light or obeying the speed limit. Unfortunately, this creates a much higher risk for a dangerous accident, as delivery trucks are larger, and drivers need more time to correct mistakes.

If you are near a delivery truck, whether it is making deliveries for Amazon or another company, you may want to change lanes or slow down and keep an eye on it. You should also remember that delivery drivers make frequent stops, so avoid tailgating as this could easily result in a rear-end crash.

Injured in a Truck Crash? Call for Legal Assistance

Truck crash cases can quickly become complicated, which is why you should strongly consider working with a lawyer. Insurance companies are looking to avoid paying compensation and they have vast experience trying to manipulate crash victims.

There are no upfront fees or obligations for our services. That means there is no risk in calling us to see how we may be able to assist you. Unlike the insurance company, we are focused on your best interests.

The initial consultation is free, and we do not get paid unless you get paid.

Phillips Law Group. We are here to help. Call 1-800-706-3000.

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