Amazon Truck Accident Lawyer
How to File Amazon Delivery Accident Claims After a Crash
Across the globe, the E-commerce giant Amazon has more than 400,000 delivery drivers, 40,000 semi-trucks, 30,000 delivery vans, and nearly 100 airplanes. The company’s growth has been steadily increasing over the years, and drivers notice Amazon vehicles on the roads around them more frequently than ever before. Unfortunately, even employees of companies as large and well-known as Amazon are capable of negligence during their deliveries. If you were injured in an Amazon truck accident, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
At Reich & Binstock, our Houston truck accident lawyers have extensive experience filing claims against trucking and delivery companies, including in FedEx and UPS accidents. When it comes to challenging companies with so many resources, you’ll want to work with an accident attorney who is both seasoned and compassionate. If you have been injured in an accident with an Amazon delivery vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. To schedule a free consultation with us about your personal injury claim, please call our office at 713-622-7271 today.
What Happens if an Amazon Truck Driver Gets in an Accident?
Amazon, like other delivery and logistics services, trains each delivery driver on how to maintain safety while they do their jobs. The company also monitors each Amazon driver and ensures that they are qualified for the job before hiring them. Unfortunately, human error and negligence are common causes of accidents involving Amazon delivery vehicles.
If an Amazon delivery driver is responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you may be able to file an accident claim. Commercial vehicle accidents like these tend to be more complicated than the average car accident. There are several differences when it comes to filing claims for accidents involving personal vehicles and those involving Amazon delivery trucks. If the negligence of an Amazon driver caused an accident that you were injured in, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Are Amazon Drivers Liable for Car Accidents?
Amazon has multiple types of delivery vehicles on the road, along with different types of delivery drivers. What this means is that Amazon drivers may or may not be held liable for your injuries, depending on the specifics of the case. If the accident involved an Amazon Flex vehicle, both the driver and Amazon could be held liable. If the accident involved an Amazon Prime truck or a Prime sprinter van, the driver, Amazon, and third-party shipping companies could be liable. Amazon delivery service partners could also share liability, depending on the specifics of the case.
What Insurance Coverage Does Amazon Have for Accidents?
Every Amazon vehicle should have Amazon Flex insurance coverage. Amazon Flex drivers are insured for liability coverage, comprehensive and collision coverage, and uninsured or underinsured drivers. Below, we outline the specific insurance information for each type of coverage.
- Liability: Up to $1 million for bodily injury and property damage of other drivers and passengers
- Comprehensive and collision: Up to $50,000 for property damage to the driver’s car as long as they have their own comprehensive coverage.
- Underinsured or uninsured motorists: Up to $1 million for an Amazon driver hit by drivers with no insurance or not enough insurance.
What Causes Amazon Delivery Truck Accidents?
Whether the drivers involved in these accidents are independent contractors or not, the most common causes of the accidents remain the same. They are also very similar to the causes of non-Amazon truck accidents. Commercial vehicle drivers are held to a higher standard of care than drivers of passenger vehicles due to the higher risk they pose to people in accidents.
- Driving recklessly or speeding to complete deliveries on time
- Driver fatigue and exhaustion from long hours and late nights
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poor visibility due to packages blocking the windows
Negligence is the common denominator in all of the above accident causes. When truck drivers fail to be as careful as they should, this increases the risk of catastrophic accidents. We strongly recommend working with an experienced personal injury attorney for your case. They will be able to gather all the evidence necessary to build a strong argument when you seek compensation.
Steps to Take After an Amazon Delivery Truck Accident
Immediately following a serious accident, it is vitally important to your case that you take certain steps. This is especially true in an accident involving an Amazon delivery vehicle. These accidents have the potential to be much more complicated than other accidents. That’s why we recommend taking the following steps immediately after an accident happens.
As soon as you are safe, call the police and report the accident. When the officers arrive, they will assess the scene, document your injuries, and write up an accident report. Be sure to get a copy of the accident report for your records.
Along with calling the police, you should contact first responders if there are any injuries. As soon as you are able, seek medical attention for your injuries. The sooner you can do this after an accident, the better. This will tie your injuries more closely with the accident so the defendant can’t claim that you injured yourself some other way. Additionally, when you seek medical treatment for your injuries, this will generate medical records. Medical records are an invaluable piece of evidence in Amazon accident cases.
Before you leave the accident scene, you should exchange the following information with the Amazon delivery driver and any witnesses to the accident.
- Name and contact information
- Insurance company information
- License plate number of the Amazon delivery truck
If possible, you should also try to find out if the Amazon driver was on the clock when the accident occurred. If not, this may make it more difficult for you to pursue compensation from Amazon.
As with any other motor vehicle accident, you should take pictures and videos of both the crash scene and your injuries. Take photos of the property damage to your vehicle as well. Note down the date, time, and location of the accident, as well as your thoughts on what caused it.
Perhaps the most important step is to get in touch with an experienced delivery vehicle accident attorney. Working with an attorney without experience with commercial vehicle accidents likely won’t yield the best possible results. However, working with an attorney who has handled these cases before should improve your chances of success. The commercial vehicle accident attorneys at Reich & Binstock are highly skilled when it comes to cases involving commercial vehicles. We regularly handle complicated semi-truck cases in the Houston area, so we are qualified and ready to take your case.
Who Can Be Held Liable in an Amazon Truck Accident?
This largely depends on a few important factors. If the Amazon delivery driver was an employee of Amazon who was on the clock, you should have little trouble with your claim. However, if the driver was an independent contractor or off the clock, Amazon may try to recuse themselves of liability for the incident.
It can be difficult to determine whether or not you have the ability to sue Amazon directly after a crash. This is when a skilled Amazon accident lawyer becomes extremely helpful. The law firm of Reich & Binstock has considerable experience handling commercial claims, so we have what it takes to challenge major companies when their employees cause a crash. No matter who is at fault for your injuries, we will ensure that they pay for the losses you have endured.
What Compensation Can I Get After an Amazon Truck Accident?
Because of the relative size and weight of Amazon vehicles, these collisions can be deadly to drivers and passengers in other vehicles. If you were injured in an accident with an Amazon vehicle, you can file a claim for the following forms of compensation.
- Current and future medical bills
- Emergency medical treatment
- Transportation costs for doctors appointments and procedures
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Funeral and burial expenses
How Long Do Victims Have to File Amazon Delivery Accident Claims?
The statute of limitations for various personal injury cases varies depending on the state where the accident happens. In Texas, truck accident victims have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim and seek compensation. If you want to pursue compensation on behalf of a victim who lost their life in the accident, you have two years from the date of the victim’s death to file a claim. Even if you think the statute of limitations has passed in your case, it is worthwhile to speak with an attorney. We will evaluate the details of your accident claim and give you sound advice on how to proceed.
Contact a Delivery Truck Accident Lawyer with Reich & Binstock
If you were injured in an accident with an Amazon vehicle, you have the right to file a lawsuit and request compensation. The commercial vehicle accident lawyers at Reich & Binstock have what it takes to negotiate with both the insurance company and Amazon on your behalf. Our years of experience handling these cases give us the skills we need to ensure you have the best possible chance of a positive outcome. To schedule your free consultation with us, please call our office at 713-622-7271 today.
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