For many busy households and businesses, Amazon Prime has been a saving grace. Prompt, reliable, and nearly always ahead of schedule, many wonder how their Amazon orders arrive so quickly.
However, with growing demand, tight deadlines, and an impending holiday season, traffic accidents involving Amazon drivers are also on the rise. As with other traffic accidents involving delivery truck drivers and tractor-trailer trucks, injuries can be severe.
If you have been injured by an Amazon driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and any resulting damages. However, truck accidents are not as simple as other personal injury cases - especially when it involves a corporately owned vehicle like an Amazon delivery truck. Hiring an experienced truck accident attorney is the first step to ensuring that your rights are protected, and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact Law Enforcement After An Accident With An Amazon Truck
Once you are in a safe place, you should contact law enforcement to come to the scene of the accident. Once there officers will assess the damage, any injuries, and create an accident report. This report will be helpful later when presenting your case to the insurance companies. In addition to calling law enforcement, you should call first responders to treat any injuries at the scene of the accident and transport you and others involved in the accident to the hospital if necessary.
Exchange Information with the Amazon Delivery Driver
Before leaving the scene of the accident, you should exchange information with the driver. This information should include:
- The Amazon driver’s name and contact information
- The license plate on the Amazon delivery truck
- Insurance carrier information used by the Amazon driver
In addition to collecting this information, you should try to ascertain whether the Amazon driver was on duty at the time of the accident. If so, Amazon may also be held responsible for any damages or injuries caused by the delivery driver.
Document The Amazon Truck Accident
Once you are in a safe place and your injuries have been treated, you should begin collecting evidence to support your personal injury claim. You could, for example, take photos of the damage to your vehicle, take photos of your injuries, collect witness statements and contact information. More specifically, you should write down the date, location and time of the accident and initial impressions about the cause of the accident (speeding, failure to yield, etc.).
Seek Ongoing Medical Attention For Your Amazon Truck Accident Injuries
In order to maximize your financial recovery after an Amazon accident, you should seek medical treatment, especially if you were hit by a large truck. Commercial trucks have the potential to cause severe injuries, often causing injuries like broken bones, cuts and lacerations, and traumatic brain injuries. Pursuing medical treatment will also provide documentation of your injuries that you can leverage when filing a claim against Amazon or their delivery driver.
Liability for an Amazon Delivery Car Accident
Liability for an accident with an Amazon delivery driver will depend upon the circumstances of the accident. Amazon employs independent contractors to deliver all of their packages. For that reason, Amazon can claim that they do not have control over their delivery drivers’ actions while they are delivering packages. Using this defense may help Amazon avoid liability for your injuries.
If an Amazon driver causes an accident while they are off-duty and not in Amazon’s control, then Amazon may refuse to take liability for the accident. As a result, you may be limited to pursuing compensation from the delivery driver’s personal auto insurance policy.
Hiring a Truck Accident Attorney After an Amazon Accident
If you were injured by an Amazon delivery truck driver, then you may be able to seek compensation either from the driver at fault or Amazon itself, depending on the specific facts of your case. At The Law Office of Elliott Kanter, we have helped hundreds of San Diegans receive compensation for their injuries - even in very complex situations such as an Amazon truck accident. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.