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Amazon Delivery Driver Car Accident

Online retail giant Amazon relies on delivery drivers to transport the products sold through its website to customers. Unfortunately, Amazon delivery drivers may get hurt on the job, sometimes in motor vehicle accidents that can leave them with serious injuries.

If you suffered car accident injuries while delivering packages for Amazon, it’s important for you to know your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation and benefits that will cover damages like medical expenses and lost income. The Amazon driver accident lawyers at Console & Associates can help you get the money you deserve without incurring upfront legal costs.

For a free consultation with our experienced auto accident attorneys, call (866) 778-5500 today.

Types of Amazon Driver Roles

Throughout the years, Amazon has launched several different types of shopping and delivery programs. Aside from standard Amazon.com package deliveries, drivers may also deliver for the following programs:

  • Amazon Prime
  • Amazon Prime Now
  • Amazon Fresh
  • Amazon Restaurants
  • Amazon Locker
  • Store order pickup from local merchants partnering with Amazon

In 2019 Amazon delivered 3.5 billion packages worldwide.

All in all, Amazon’s last-mile delivery service transported 3.5 billion packages all over the globe in 2019, Business Insider reported. Amazon delivered almost two-thirds of its own packages in July 2020, rather than relying on UPS, FedEx, or the United States Postal Service, according to CNBC, and that percentage was expected to continue rising. In fact, as of May 2020, Amazon had become the fourth-largest delivery service in the United States, research and media publisher Digital Commerce 360 reported.

Amazon hired its own delivery drivers with the intent to manage them directly in 2018, according to Business Insider, but Detroit News reported that most Amazon delivery drivers in 2021 fit into one of two categories:

  • Employees of delivery service partners (DSPs)
  • Independent contractors doing gig work with Amazon Flex

Delivery services partners are independent companies that are not officially part of Amazon. Instead, Amazon pays these companies by the route their drivers complete, CNN Business reported, and the DSP rents the Amazon-branded delivery trucks drivers use.

Amazon Flex is the company’s gig work platform. Delivery drivers through the Amazon Flex program are independent contractors, not employees of Amazon or another company.

Amazon Flex workers deliver and estimated 23% of its packages.
As of June 2021, CNN Business reported that 158,000 people work at the 2,500 independent DSPs through which Amazon packages are delivered in 10 countries. This doesn’t count the Amazon Flex contract workers who, according to news and media website Modern Retail, are estimated to deliver 23 percent of the company’s packages.

Amazon Delivery Drivers’ Rights and Coverage in Auto Accidents

Which type of Amazon delivery driver you are matters because your employment classification affects your legal rights, insurance coverage, and access to workers’ compensation benefits. If you drive for Amazon as a full employee of a DSP, you should be entitled to workers’ comp benefits for medical costs and lost wages that you wouldn’t receive as an Amazon Flex contractor.

Additionally, you may be covered by a commercial auto insurance policy, either through the DSP that employs you or directly through Amazon Flex. Figuring out what coverage is available to you and how that coverage applies to an accident—especially when another motorist and their auto insurance coverage is involved—can be challenging. An experienced Amazon delivery driver accident attorney can help you make sense of the insurance coverage that’s available and identify all possible sources of compensation.

Collisions in Amazon Trucks

Wrecks that occur while you’re behind the wheel of an Amazon delivery truck often involve other vehicles. If another motorist caused the crash—whether in a passenger car, a commercial truck or bus, or a motorcycle—you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and the losses they cause.

Some examples of common types of auto accidents involving two or more vehicles include:

  • Rear-end collisions, often caused by a driver who fails to leave an appropriate following distance between their vehicle and the car in front of them
  • Head-on crashes in which the front ends of two vehicles collide
  • T-bone accidents, also known as side-impact or broadside accidents, in which the front of one vehicle strikes the side of the other
  • Sideswipe accidents in which two vehicles’ sides make contact, causing damage
  • Rollover accidents, in which one vehicle tips or rolls over onto its side or upside-down

Car accidents are often the result of a driver’s negligence. You might have the grounds for a lawsuit against the driver who caused an Amazon delivery truck accident if the other driver was acting in one of the following ways behind the wheel:

  • Driving above the speed limit or too fast for road conditions
  • Tailgating, or leaving too little space between vehicles
  • Failing to maintain their lane by drifting onto the shoulder, crossing the center line, or hitting a vehicle in their blind spot while changing lanes
  • Texting while driving or otherwise operating the vehicle while distracted
  • Driving while impaired or under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription medications, or over-the-counter medicine that decreases alertness or driving capability
  • Disregarding traffic signs and signals, like running through stop signs and red lights
  • Generally violating traffic safety laws
  • Driving carelessly, recklessly, or aggressively

Occasionally, a car accident doesn’t result from driver error but instead from malfunctioning, defective, or improperly maintained vehicles. In this situation, you might have a claim against the manufacturer of the malfunctioning vehicle—either the Amazon truck you were driving or the other driver’s vehicle.

In instances where the cause of the crash is a dangerously designed or maintained road, you may have the grounds for a lawsuit against another party, such as a government agency.

Delivery drivers are in as much danger on foot as they are behind the wheel.

Amazon Drivers Struck by Cars on Foot

For delivery drivers transporting Amazon packages, the danger doesn’t end once they exit the truck. Delivery drivers are in just as much danger—arguably more danger—on foot as they are behind the wheel. To make your deliveries, you may need to cross the street and traverse driveways, parking lots, and alleyways on foot. Pedestrians are sometimes hit by cars operated by inattentive drivers.

When a pedestrian accident occurs, the injuries are often especially serious. Without the protective shell of a vehicle surrounding you, your body is vulnerable to the full force of impact from the collision.

Injuries in Amazon Delivery Driver Accidents

Amazon delivery drivers hurt in accidents may sustain the full range of injuries attributed to motor vehicle collisions. Some of the types of injuries that Amazon drivers may suffer include:

  • Concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Severed limbs and amputations
  • Internal injuries
  • Severe blood loss
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Hearing or vision loss
  • Nerve damage, muscle injuries, herniated spinal discs, and other soft tissue injuries

Injuries in an Amazon delivery driver car accident may affect any part of the body, including:

  • Head
  • Neck and back
  • Chest and torso
  • Shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands
  • Hips, legs, knees, ankles, and feet

The type of injury you suffer and where on the body you get hurt can determine how your injury impacts your life. Many injuries make it difficult to move around and function normally. Some injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, may affect you cognitively, emotionally, and socially as well as physically, sometimes even causing changes in memory, personality, and communication.

A serious motor vehicle accident can be traumatic. In fact, car accident victims sometimes develop anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) even if they didn’t suffer a brain injury, according to the American Psychological Association’s journal Professional Psychology, Research, and Practice.

Many injured car accident victims start their medical journey in emergency rooms, trauma centers, or urgent care facilities. A stay in the hospital, follow-up appointments with specialists, and in-patient rehabilitation services may be necessary.

Through medical treatment, many auto accident victims can make significant improvements, even if a full recovery is out of reach. They may regain function and mobility and reduce the pain and discomfort that accompanies their injury. Treatments like physical therapy, steroid injections, and surgery can help you achieve maximum medical improvement after a serious car accident injury.

Damages in an Amazon Delivery Driver Car Accident

Getting the medical care you need can be expensive, but compensation for medical costs is one of the damages you can seek in a personal injury lawsuit against a third party, which includes any defendant other than your employer.

Aside from medical bills, damages included in a car accident injury lawsuit may include:

  • Lost wages
  • Any decrease in future earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Decrease in overall quality of life

Your damages can be economic or non-economic, but you will need to identify and document them to get the money you deserve. A car accident attorney with experience representing Amazon delivery truck drivers has the skills to calculate and document the full extent of your damages.

If you are eligible to pursue a workers’ compensation claim, you will generally only receive compensation for your medical bills and a portion of the wages you lost while out of work, unless you are permanently disabled in some capacity.

Who Can You Sue for an Amazon Delivery Driver Crash?

Depending on the circumstances, many different parties may bear some legal responsibility or financial responsibility for your collision. Potential defendants and responsible parties may include:

  • Another driver or vehicle operator
  • The employer of another driver, if they were on the clock at the time of the crash
  • A bar that served a drunk driver too much alcohol, if the driver who hit you was drunk
  • The owner of the car that hit you
  • The owner of your delivery truck or van
  • The manufacturer of any defective part in your delivery truck or in the vehicle that hit you
  • Any contracting company, which may potentially include Amazon under certain circumstances
  • Any insurance carrier that issued coverage for any of the defendants named in the lawsuit

To determine who is liable for your specific accident, an attorney would need to know the full details of your employment as an Amazon delivery driver and the collision that occurred.

What to Do After an Amazon Delivery Driver Accident

When you suffer injuries in a crash while on the job as an Amazon delivery driver, you need to take certain steps to protect yourself and your legal rights.

    1. First thing’s first—get to a safe place where you’re not in danger of getting struck a second time.
    2. Call 911 to bring police officers and emergency medical personnel to the scene of the crash.
    3. While you wait for the first responders to arrive, try to gather evidence if you can. Photos and video footage of the damage, debris, and vehicle location can be valuable, as can the contact details of any witnesses.
    4. Allow first responders to examine you and, if needed, take you to the hospital.
    5. Cooperate with the police, but don’t volunteer any unnecessary information. Provide your license and insurance information to the officer and the other driver, and be sure to take down the other driver’s information, as well.
    6. Notify your supervisor of the accident in accordance with any internal procedures for handling automobile accidents, but keep the conversation brief and to the point (which is reporting an accident). It’s too soon to say whether you sustained injuries or not, so please don’t say that you’re “fine” or “okay” when you haven’t been seen by a doctor yet.
    7. See a doctor for a more thorough evaluation, whether at the emergency room, at an urgent care facility, or at a regular doctor’s office. Be aware, though, that some physicians won’t treat motor vehicle accident victims due to the complexities of medical billing when auto insurance is involved.
    8. Speak to an attorney about your legal rights. Most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations, and taking a lawyer up on this offer allows you to educate yourself on the claims process and learn what to expect and how to avoid common mistakes.
    9. Notify your auto insurance company, or better yet, have your lawyer do this for you. If you do speak to your insurance company on your own, be aware that even your own insurer isn’t on your side. Don’t make small talk or volunteer any extra information.

It Costs Nothing Upfront to Hire an Attorney for an Amazon Delivery Driver Accident

No Fee Promise You Don't Pay Unless We Win Console & Associates PCAfter an accident that racks up medical bills and keeps you out of work, the last thing you need is another financial hurdle. That’s why our attorneys handle every client’s case on a no-win, no-fee basis.

It costs you nothing to speak to an experienced legal professional about your situation and have your case evaluated. If you hire our attorneys, we will handle your Amazon delivery driver accident claim at no upfront cost. All you will only ever owe in attorneys’ fees is a fraction of the money we secure for you. If we don’t succeed in getting you compensation, we don’t get paid.

Dealing with a serious injury isn’t easy, especially when you’re trying to make a living as an Amazon delivery driver. That’s exactly why getting the legal help you need to recover compensation should be easy. Just call (866) 778-5500 today for your free, no-obligation consultation.

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