What You Need to Know About Illinois Amazon Vehicle Accidents

Some of your Amazon packages may still arrive from the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or another carrier, but in the last few years many of your packages were likely delivered by an Amazon van. Accidents are inevitable with so many vans on Illinois streets.

You may suffer significant injuries in an Amazon van crash, but your path toward a legal recovery may be complicated.

Our Illinois truck accident lawyers are here to help you from the time you’re hurt until the time you make a fair financial recovery. We will provide you personalized legal advice when you contact us, but first, we want to answer some common questions about Amazon accidents.

What Causes Amazon Vehicle Crashes?

Independently owned delivery service providers operate many Amazon vehicles. These drivers may be:

  • Inexperienced at driving vans
  • Speeding to get all of their deliveries in as quickly as possible
  • Distracted by following GPS, their phones, or trying to eat a meal while driving
  • Tired from their demanding jobs, a poor night’s sleep, family commitments, or for other reasons

Additionally, there could be dangerous problems with their vehicles. For example:

  • Improperly loaded cargo can make the vehicle unstable and cause rollover wrecks
  • Poorly maintained vehicles can cause drivers to use vans with bad brakes, bald tires, or mechanical problems that lead to crashes

Any one of these problems can result in a painful and potentially lifelong injury.

What Injuries May Result From Amazon Vehicle Crashes?

You might not know the extent of your injuries immediately after an Amazon truck or van accident. You should see a doctor as soon as possible to check for injuries such as:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries

Other injuries such as amputations, burns, and even death may occur.

Who Do I Sue After an Amazon Vehicle Accident?

If you suffer any significant injury or your loved one dies in an Amazon vehicle crash, then you may be able to recover legal compensation.

First, you will need to prove who caused the accident so that you can identify the right defendant. Independent contractors drive most Amazon vehicles. Our attorneys will consider whether you have a potential case against one or more of the following:

  • Amazon or Amazon’s delivery service partner
  • The van or truck driver
  • The vehicle maker
  • The vehicle maintenance company
  • The person or company who loaded cargo on to the vehicle

If you file a lawsuit against the wrong defendant, the court may dismiss the case. Therefore, it is essential to pursue a claim against the right defendant so that you can protect your recovery.

How Long Do I Have to File an Amazon Accident Case?

In most cases, the Illinois Statute of Limitations gives you two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. That means you have two years from the time you found out about your injuries to file a complaint in court. If you try to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations expires, your case will likely be dismissed and you won’t recover any compensation.

What Can I Recover If I Pursue Legal Action After an Amazon Crash?

Your recovery depends on your unique accident-related damages. Generally, you may recover for your past and future:

  • Healthcare costs
  • Lost income
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering

An experienced accident lawyer will help you value all of your injuries so that you can pursue fair compensation during settlement negotiations or in court.

Why Should I Contact an Illinois Truck Accident Lawyer After an Amazon Wreck?

The information provided above may give you an idea of what happens after an Amazon truck accident. However, you deserve personalized advice and a skilled lawyer who will negotiate with the insurance company and make sure that all of your rights are protected in court.

Our Midwest injury lawyers have successfully represented more than 70,000 clients over the past half-century. We would be happy to provide you with a free consultation about your rights. Call us or reach out to us through this website today to learn more.

 

Jason F. Abraham
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