In an Accident with an Amazon Delivery Van? We Can Help.
With the closing of more brick and mortar stores, Amazon has increased its service by offering Amazon delivery trucks to deliver amazon packages. This means Amazon no longer needs to rely upon other shipping companies, like FedEx, UPS, and the postal service, to offer their convenient service to quickly deliver packages and Amazon Fresh orders. Unfortunately, the pressure to make deliveries quickly has led many Amazon drivers to speed and disobey traffic laws, causing Amazon delivery accidents.
If you or a loved one were injured in an Amazon delivery truck accident, or if a family member was killed, contact an experienced Amazon van accident lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys at (570) 399-0406 or via our online form for a free legal consultation as soon as possible. We are happy to discuss the circumstances of your injuries, help you understand your legal options, and provide a free case review.
Types of Amazon Delivery Truck Accidents
There are many different kinds of Amazon van accidents. The most common types of accidents are:
- Blindspot collisions – Every vehicle has blind spots that prevent the driver from seeing other vehicles as they pass. A large commercial vehicle has a larger blind spot than a typical passenger vehicle. This can lead to accidents when the Amazon driver changes lanes and doesn’t see a vehicle next to him.
- Cargo shift – Cargo in an Amazon delivery truck must be balanced and distributed evenly to prevent cargo shift. The Amazon truck driver and the local delivery companies must inspect the Amazon delivery truck to make sure it is balanced and not overloaded. When cargo shifts, it can cause a truck accident.
Causes of an Amazon Truck Accident
Similar to any other type of car accident, an Amazon delivery truck accident can be caused by delivery drivers’ errors. The Amazon vehicles accident can also be caused by other factors not the fault of the Amazon delivery truck driver.
An Amazon delivery driver may not have extensive training in how to operate their vehicles, unlike other commercial truck drivers. In fact, there does not appear to be any particular driving course or training that Amazon requires.
An Amazon delivery driver is not a direct employee of Amazon. Instead, they work as independent contractors or employees of another company. It is a third-party contractor that employs the delivery person. This means the delivery driver is hired through a local company. Because Amazon drivers are not employees of Amazon, the company does not directly control the amount of training or experience the drivers have.
This lack of training and experience can lead to driver error and truck accidents. Some of these errors may be negligence or reckless driving. Negligent driving includes things like distracted driving, speeding, and not obeying traffic laws.
Some of the most common actions that contribute to an accident with an Amazon delivery van are:
- Drivers backing up on the road when they pass a delivery address and need to backtrack
- Not obeying traffic laws
- Failure of van drivers to yield when pulling into traffic, especially out of driveways
- Tired or sleepy drivers
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting and driving
- Failure to engage the parking brake when making a delivery and other vehicle safety problems
- Improper loading of cargo
- Improper or poor maintenance of commercial vehicles
- Equipment failures, such as worn brakes or parking brake
- Not conducting safety checks
- Bad weather conditions
If a delivery drivers’ mistake causes a car accident that injures you, you may be worried that you cannot provide for your family while you recover, especially if your insurance collision coverage is not enough to pay for your medical treatment. It may be hard for you to pay for the medical bills you have because of your bodily injury. You may also need a new car if yours was destroyed in the auto accident.
The van accident lawyers of Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys can help. Call us today at (570) 399-0406 for a free case evaluation.
How Do I Know If the Amazon Delivery Driver Was At-Fault?
In order to be at fault, Amazon drivers must cause the auto accident by acting negligently or recklessly. There are many actions that are negligent or reckless. Some examples are:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving, or falling asleep at the wheel
- Violating traffic laws, such as speeding
- Ignoring a traffic control device, such as running a red light or stop sign
- Aggressive driving
- Being behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Proving negligence or recklessness is critical to obtaining the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Negligence for Not Maintaining Amazon Vans
Like all companies, Amazon must ensure truck safety by maintaining its equipment. Unfortunately, Amazon may rely upon its delivery contractors for maintenance. Because there is no one company responsible for maintenance and truck safety, their trucks may be improperly maintained. If Amazon vehicle accidents are caused by a maintenance problem, then Amazon and the local delivery company may be responsible.
Since Amazon vans are much larger and heavier than most passenger vehicles, a truck accident involving an Amazon van can be very serious. It can cause life-threatening injuries to drivers and passengers in other vehicles and pedestrians. It can also cause a total loss of your car. If an accident is caused by a faulty Amazon van, several companies may be responsible to compensate you for your injuries and property damage.
The Amazon Van Accident Lawyers at Munley Law Can Help
Our truck accident attorneys are skilled at suing Amazon and negotiating settlements so you receive the maximum financial recovery for your injuries. While a settlement without courtroom litigation can be best in some personal injury cases, it is not always best. Some lawyers who are not confident in the courtroom may pressure you to settle outside of court. Not the personal injury attorneys of Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys. Our board-certified trial lawyers are prepared to go to trial. Every experienced personal injury attorney at our law firm is skilled in the courtroom. For this reason, we have gotten significant trial victories for our clients.
Our law firm has a proven track record of focusing on what is best for our clients involved in an accident with an Amazon van. We have over 60 years of experience providing legal advice and obtaining the maximum compensation possible for victims of auto accidents. Our experience means we fight aggressively and effectively for you, both in settlement and in litigation.
We have repeatedly been named among the top trial lawyers in Pennsylvania and have been named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.
An Amazon Accident Lawyer Can Prove Who Is Responsible
An Amazon delivery accident is different than other kinds of truck accidents. They are complicated because there are various people and companies that can be the liable party. In accidents involving Amazon drivers, it can be hard to prove who caused the accident.
It can be even more difficult to know which insurance company’s liability coverage should be required to pay for your injuries and property damage.
Even when it is clear who is at fault – for example, if it is clear the driver caused the accident – it can still be challenging to show who is responsible to pay accident victims for their injuries and losses.
When you file your personal injury lawsuit against Amazon, the local delivery company, and the driver, their insurance companies may deny your claim. They may say that someone else is responsible to compensate you. If drivers are independent contractors, you may need to pursue their individual auto liability coverage for compensation. They may argue that the individual insurance policy does not apply in your case because the driver was operating a commercial vehicle.
The Amazon delivery accident attorneys at Munley Law can help you through this complicated process while you get well and recover from your injuries. Our personal injury attorneys can investigate the accident, build a case to prove who is at fault, and show who is financially responsible.
Contact a Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys Amazon delivery accident lawyer for a free consultation to learn how we can help you.
Amazon Flex Services and Insurance
Fortunately, Amazon offers Amazon Flex insurance for drivers that use their own vehicles for deliveries. Amazon Flex is insurance that Amazon provides to drivers. It covers up to $1 million and damages to other vehicles and up to $50,000 in damages to the Amazon delivery vehicle. But, Amazon Flex coverage appears to be only for property damage, not medical expenses. Medical costs must be covered by the driver’s personal auto insurance, which may not be enough to cover your medical bills or may not apply during commercial deliveries.
FAQs About Amazon Accidents and Lawsuits
Q: What should I do if I was injured in an Amazon van accident?
If you were involved in an Amazon van accident, report the accident as soon as possible, then contact an Amazon van accident attorney.
You do not have to speak to Amazon, the Amazon driver, the local delivery company, or their insurers about the accident or your injuries. It is better to speak to a lawyer before you talk with them. Insurance companies often try to obtain information from victims in an Amazon van accident case to reduce any amount they must pay. They can also try to get you to admit the accident was your fault. This is why it is best to speak with an experienced van accident attorney first. Your lawyer will speak to Amazon and their insurance company.
Q: Who can file claims for Amazon van accidents?
Injured parties can file a claim against delivery companies, drivers, or their insurers.
Injured parties include:
- Drivers in other cars
- Drivers in other commercial vehicles
You may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one was killed in a crash with a commercial motor vehicle.
Q: How long do accident victims have to file an Amazon van crash case?
The statute of limitations to sue Amazon in Pennsylvania is two years. This means you have only two years from the time of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you do not start your lawsuit in court within two years, you will not be able to receive compensation from the at-fault parties. Because of this short time frame, it is important for you to contact a van accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Q: Do I need a lawyer to sue Amazon?
Yes, almost always, especially if your medical expenses are high or you have catastrophic injuries. Even if your injuries are not life-threatening, they could require long-term treatment such as physical therapy. Because of the two-year window for filing an Amazon accident lawsuit, it is very important to discuss the accident with Amazon van accident attorneys as soon as possible.
In order to receive compensation, you must prove that the driver’s negligence or the company’s negligence caused your injuries. Or that the driver or delivery company was reckless. An experienced and skilled personal injury lawyer familiar with accidents caused by delivery vans can help you.
You must also show that the at-fault party or the insurance company is required to pay for your losses under the circumstances of the accident. This can be hard to do when the at-fault parties and their insurers get into a liability dispute with you. The experienced lawyers at our law firm can help, starting with their free case consultation.
The legal team in our law firm will guide you through the legal process when you are a victim of an accident with an Amazon vehicle. We are experienced at serving clients by collecting evidence to show who caused your injuries so they accept liability. We also handle discussions with witnesses, other attorneys, and insurers. Most importantly, we fight for your rights so you can receive fair compensation.
Q: Can I receive compensation for my medical bills? What else?
You may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Damage to your vehicle and replacement costs
- Medical rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Current and future lost wages
- Other expenses and costs
The amount of compensation is different for every accident involving Amazon vehicles. There is no average settlement or judgment amount. A van accident attorney can provide you with an estimate of the compensation you deserve after a financial analysis and investigation that answers these questions:
- What or who caused the Amazon van accident?
- How severe and long-lasting are your injuries?
- Will you be able to return to work?
- How much insurance coverage is available?
Fortunately, Amazon generally has proper insurance coverage. But not all local delivery companies have proper insurance. This means that you may be able to receive full compensation for your injuries and losses if Amazon is held responsible, but it will be more difficult if only the local delivery company or the driver is liable.
Q: How much does it cost to establish an attorney-client relationship and hire a law firm?
The Amazon van accident attorneys at Munley Law can:
Pprovide a free consultation, review your case, determine fault, negotiate with insurers, file a lawsuit, and represent you in court, without any upfront cost to you. We keep your confidential or sensitive information safe as we represent you.
Unlike some other law firms, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that when our law firm accepts your case and establishes an attorney-client relationship, we don’t get paid until you receive compensation.
Call For Your Free Initial Consultation Today
If you or a loved one were injured in an Amazon van accident, call today for a free, no-obligation legal consultation with an experienced Amazon van accident attorney. The attorneys in our law firm can explain your rights. We can also discuss a possible wrongful death lawsuit if your family member was killed.
After conducting a free case review, we can help you understand whether you are entitled to compensation and how much you might receive. Obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses can be complicated. We are here to help.
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