Hooray! Your Amazon order has arrived! Most of us feel a little twinge of excitement each time an Amazon package lands on our doorstep.
But behind the thrill of receiving all kinds of cool stuff, there’s a much darker side to Amazon delivery. Here in California, we’re seeing a deadly rise in Amazon delivery truck accidents.
As Amazon drivers speed along our roads trying to hit the tight deadlines we’ve all come to expect, severe crashes happen. And when you’re the injured victim, you’re left wondering, “Who will pay for this”?
The First Moments After an Amazon Truck Crash
Immediately after an accident with a delivery truck driver, focus on your health. Assess yourself for injuries and call 911 for urgent medical treatment. Don’t decline medical care or you could find that it’s difficult to secure compensation for your accident later.
If you can, take photos and videos of the accident scene. Write down the truck’s license plate number and any identifying numbers on the body of the truck. Ask the Amazon driver and any witnesses for their contact information.
Provide only the most basic facts of the accident to the police and follow their process to obtain a copy of the police report. Don’t get into an extended conversation about who’s at fault or the details of the accident until you talk to a California Amazon truck accident lawyer.
Seeking Payment for Your Damages
Who pays for an Amazon truck accident? Well, if you’re involved in an accident with an official Amazon delivery vehicle and an Amazon employee was driving, Amazon’s insurance is probably going to cover it.
Still, as unfair as it may seem, the burden is on you to prove that the Amazon driver was at fault. Amazon will probably fight your claim, at least initially, because they’d prefer to avoid paying you by avoiding liability.
You can prove liability by building a mountain of evidence in your favor: photos, videos, witness statements, the police report, and more. With the help of a lawyer, you might be able to gain access to surveillance footage or even Amazon’s own data showing whether the driver was following the rules of the road.
Maybe they were speeding, ignoring stop signs, failing to yield properly, parked illegally, texting and driving, or even drunk. Or maybe Amazon failed to maintain the vehicle and allowed a safety hazard to arise. Assuming you assemble enough evidence to prove liability and successfully present your damages, Amazon’s insurance company should cover those damages.
However, if you’re dealing with a vehicle that’s not an actual Amazon vehicle or Amazon employee, things get more complicated. You may not realize it, but many of these delivery vehicles are rented, leased, subcontracted, independent contractors’ vehicles, or otherwise not owned by Amazon.
Suppose your accident involves a driver for Amazon Flex who is an independent individual driving their personal vehicle and using an app to facilitate deliveries. In this case, you’ll need to go through the driver’s personal liability insurance policy, which may or may not consider their client covered while driving for Amazon Flex. For costs in excess of that policy, you’ll have to pursue Amazon to cover the remainder.
Don’t Back Down and Don’t Give Up!
It can be intimidating to pursue compensation for a delivery truck accident, especially from a big company like Amazon. At times, it may feel that they’re minimizing your accident or even blaming you for what happened.
Please don’t give up before talking to a qualified California Amazon truck accident lawyer. At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we make the process as easy for you as possible by offering a free and confidential initial consultation. We can work with Amazon to get your accident covered and help you stay on the road to recovery.
We Handle Your Accident Claim So You Can Focus on Your Life
After an accident, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many types of personal injury claims, including Amazon truck accidents. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering from your accident while we handle the legal details.
We truly care about the people of California. Contact us today for a free online case evaluation.
Who pays for an Amazon truck accident? Well, if you’re involved in an accident with an Amazon delivery vehicle, then most likely Amazon’s insurance is going to cover. Assuming you prove liability, and you present your damages, amazon’s insurance company will cover those damages. However, if you’re dealing with a vehicle that’s not an Amazon vehicle, let’s say it’s an as Amazon Flex, which is an independent person driving their own personal vehicle. Well, in that case, you’ll need to go through the driver’s personal liability insurance policy, and then anything in excess of that policy, you’ll go through Amazon and they will cover the remainder.