The demand for delivered goods has increased in the last year, and the nationwide company doing most of these deliveries is Amazon. Moreover, with the addition of Prime delivery, same-day, and next-day delivery, there is a lot of pressure on the drivers’ delivery efforts. This means, there are many Amazon delivery drivers on the roads, and although they are providing us with much-needed products, they are not immune to causing car accidents. What we know is that car accidents can leave you injured, financially burdened, and feeling stressed. A personal injury claim can help reimburse an accident victim for expenses related to injuries sustained, helping to afford medical treatment and other costs while recovering.
Cases with Amazon are complex because determining who is at fault or responsible for all or part of the accident is often difficult. This post will cover accidents involving Amazon delivery drivers, whether you need a lawyer, how to file a claim, and the type of compensation available to you.
What Happens if an Amazon Van Injures You, is Amazon Liable?
If you have sustained minor injuries or something more serious, you can file an insurance claim against the at-fault party. If the at-fault party is insured, you can file a claim with their insurance carrier or pursue legal action against the at-fault party or their insurance carrier. But what’s tricky when it comes to Amazon delivery drivers, is determining the at-fault party. The reason being, Amazon has many drivers that work for independent third parties or as independent contractors that drive company vehicles. These drivers and their company have a contract with Amazon that will determine their scope of liability. The case will often be that Amazon is not liable for their driver’s actions depending on whether the delivery driver was on their way to deliver a package when the accident occurred.
Why an Attorney is Necessary
Amazon is a large corporation that has been involved in many accidents from fender benders to ones causing severe injuries. So they understand the claims and compensation process for car accidents well. They even have an Amazon On-Road Incident Emergency Hotline for citizens to call if there is an issue with their drivers on the road. But it’s recommended that you instead call a lawyer first before providing Amazon with any details of your accident.
An experienced car accident attorney will know exactly how to protect your rights and the path forward for receiving compensation for your damages after a car accident. A lawyer will be able to help you with the complicated parts of the claims settlement process. If you’re still not sure if it’s best to hire an attorney, ask yourself these questions: how serious are your injuries, have you been contacted by an insurance company, are you familiar with filing claims, do you understand how to protect your rights?
Filing a Claim Against Amazon
- Contact a car accident attorney
The first step in filing a personal injury lawsuit is to consult with a car accident attorney. One of the reasons for this is that company car accidents can involve many legal issues like contributory negligence and vicarious liability. These can be difficult to understand, especially straight after the stress and trauma of an accident. But an experienced lawyer knows these terms and procedures well.
The next step will be for your attorney to start documenting your case through an investigation. They may interview witnesses and at-fault parties, review travel logs, medical care, lost wages, vehicle damage, etc.
Negotiation is an essential part of the claim filing and settlement process. The settlement will consist of negotiations between your lawyer and the Amazon insurance carrier or Amazon themselves. They will advocate on your behalf and persuade the insurance company of the claim’s worth. And if this is unsuccessful, your attorney will then be able to litigate your claim in court.
The at-fault or insurance carrier of the at-fault party may have to compensate the victim for harm suffered in the form of damages or compensation. These come in the form of economic damages, such as accountable and calculated financial losses. These include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income, loss of earning capacity, property damage, etc. The other form of damages is non-economic. These include pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, disability, loss of consortium, etc.
When your accident involves an Amazon delivery vehicle, you’re dealing with a big company, which can feel even more overwhelming. Don’t tackle this claims process independently; instead, contact a car accident attorney to help you through this stressful time.
How We Can Help
With many years of legal representation and extensive knowledge of auto accident litigation and claims, the Law Offices of David Kohm’s can give your claim undivided attention until the day we achieve a final resolution or settlement. We believe that understanding your legal rights is essential, and we will work to get the best settlement possible for you. Our focus is to help you reach a quick and financially beneficial solution to your legal matters.
When you choose David Kohm as your car accident attorney, we will provide you with a free initial consultation and 24/7 availability. We will also work towards achieving compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and car repair expenses.
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