Millions of people enjoy the convenience of shopping online for products and having them delivered quickly. Amazon is the world’s largest e-commerce company, and they sell and ship products throughout the country, often in two days or less. The emphasis on fast shipping and the unrelenting pace at which Amazon delivery drivers are required to make deliveries can lead them to make mistakes behind the wheel, causing devastating truck accidents.
If you’ve been seriously injured in an Amazon truck accident, you may be unsure how to recover compensation for your damages. The experienced Dallas & Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at Rochelle McCullough are not intimidated by large companies like Amazon. We are fully prepared to help victims take legal action against those who’ve caused their injuries. When you work with our legal team, we will advocate relentlessly on your behalf to pursue the total unfair compensation you deserve.
Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents
Most delivery truck drivers are safe drivers. Still, when delivery truck drivers act negligently, they can cause severe damage to other vehicles, resulting in catastrophic injuries and death. Rochelle McCullough regularly works with experts, including accident reconstruction specialists, to determine the cause of truck accidents. Some of the most common examples of negligent driving on the part of Amazon delivery drivers include the following:
- Entering or exiting a road without checking to make sure it’s safe to do so
- Becoming distracted by checking a phone for directions to the next delivery stop
- Driving while fatigued or intoxicated by drugs or alcohol
- Failure to drive at a safe speed
- Accidents caused by a delivery vehicle blocking traffic or driveways when they stop to make a delivery
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
- Failure to check for blind spots
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Failure to drive safely in inclement weather
Common Injuries from Truck Accidents
- Back injuries
- Bone fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Facial and dental injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Amputated limbs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Burn injuries
- Bruises and lacerations
Amazon Delivery Drivers Are Under Pressure to Meet Deadlines
In many cases, accidents involving Amazon delivery drivers occur because of Amazon’s strict requirements. Drivers are required to meet difficult quotas, providing them with no room for errors or delays. When drivers aren’t unloading and delivering packages to customers, they usually travel to their next stop as quickly as possible. When drivers are under extremely tight deadlines, they may be more likely to drive unsafely and take shortcuts.
Delivery drivers may run red lights, exceed the speed limit, follow other vehicles too closely, make illegal turns, or fail to check the areas around their vehicles to look for bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcycles, and other drivers. Negligent Amazon delivery drivers who are more focused on meeting deadlines than driving safely are liable for numerous collisions every year. Amazon truck accidents can lead to serious injuries for other drivers, passengers, and anyone involved in the collision.
Who Is Liable For Amazon Truck Accidents?
Under Texas law, drivers are financially responsible for injuries caused by their negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions. To recover compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, victims need to prove that the at-fault driver is liable for their injuries. A personal injury attorney can help you investigate the circumstances causing the accident and gather evidence proving liability.
Amazon controls the actions of its delivery drivers. However, the company will often attempt to avoid liability for accidents and injuries caused by their drivers by claiming that their drivers don’t work directly for Amazon. The majority of Amazon drivers are considered independent contractors. They work for private delivery companies contracted with Amazon to make deliveries. As a result, Amazon claims that it isn’t responsible for accidents caused by its negligent drivers. Holding Amazon liable for the negligence of its contracted delivery drivers can be challenging.
In some cases, it is possible to prove that Amazon drivers are working for Amazon because of the extensive amount of control Amazon exerts over its drivers. For example, all aspects of their delivery work are controlled by Amazon, from the logos on their vehicles to the uniforms they wear. Additionally, the company controls the routes they follow and the order in which their deliveries are completed. Suppose you are a victim injured by an Amazon delivery driver. In that case, you must work with an attorney who can persuasively attempt to overcome Amazon’s attempts to avoid liability or minimize the amount they pay out for a victim’s damages.
Recovering Compensation After Becoming Injured in an Amazon Delivery Accident
If you’ve been involved in an accident with an Amazon delivery driver, the steps you take next could help or hurt your claim for compensation. you may need to pursue a claim with the at-fault delivery driver’s personal insurance provider first. In many cases, the driver may not have adequate insurance coverage to reimburse you for all of your damages. You may need to file a claim with Amazon’s commercial auto insurance provider.
While Amazon’s commercial policy will almost certainly provide greater coverage for your losses, it can be more difficult to obtain compensation from them. you will need to prove that the Amazon driver was making an Amazon delivery and working for the company at the time the collision occurred. Amazon and its commercial insurance providers have teams of attorneys who work to deny and limit valid compensation claims.
The Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Hiring an experienced and aggressive team of attorneys allows you to level the playing field. Rochelle McCullough will pursue compensation for all of your damages, including your current and future medical expenses, property damage, loss of income, loss of future income, and the pain and suffering you’ve endured from your injuries.
Our team will handle all the communication between you and the insurance company. After carefully investigating your claim, we will develop a strategy for recovering compensation against the at-fault driver or drivers. We will consider all possible avenues for recovering the most compensation possible.
Discuss Your Case with an Amazon Delivery Accidents Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured in an Amazon delivery truck accident, the attorneys at Rochelle McCullough are here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us and learn more about how we can help you pursue the full damages you deserve.
We extend our personal injury legal services to help clients with Amazon delivery truck accident cases and Amazon delivery accident claims throughout Texas, including Dallas, & Fort Worth, as well as in Hot Springs, Arizona. Committed to advocating for your rights and securing the compensation you deserve.