Amazon Delivery Vehicle Crashes

In recent years, you may have seen Amazon vehicles on the streets of Wisconsin. Amazon launched its own delivery service partner in 2018, so that it could pick up packages from Amazon delivery stations and get packages to their final destinations as quickly as possible.

By August 2020, Amazon had more than 1,300 delivery service partners in the program, and they had delivered more than 1.8 billion packages in Amazon-branded vehicles. According to Amazon, delivery service partner owners come from various professional backgrounds and include Veterans, educators, former Amazon sellers, and many other entrepreneurs.

Unfortunately, Amazon's delivery vehicles are not immune to dangerous accidents.

Causes of Amazon Delivery Vehicle Crashes

There are many potential causes of dangerous Amazon delivery vehicle crashes. A crash could occur if, for example, the driver is:

  • Inexperienced. Van drivers do not require the same type of license or training as tractor-trailer drivers. However, vans are not the same as passenger vehicles. Vans often have more significant blind spots and may be more challenging to maneuver than cars. Some van drivers lack the necessary experience to drive vans safely.
  • Speeding. Amazon delivery service partners are in a hurry to get packages to their destinations. The pressure to deliver packages quickly may cause some of them to drive over the speed limit or too fast for conditions.
  • Tired. Drowsy drivers may have slower reaction times, have difficulty concentrating on driving safely and make mistakes that cause serious crashes.
  • Distracted. Delivery drivers may be distracted by GPS, their phones, eating or drinking while driving, or even their daydreams.
  • Driving a vehicle with improperly loaded cargo. Cargo that is improperly loaded may be unbalanced and make a van more likely to roll over.

Other accidents may occur if delivery vans are not adequately maintained. A lack of maintenance may cause tire problems, failed brakes, steering issues, or different types of dangerous conditions that make it difficult for a driver to control the vehicle.

Amazon Delivery Vehicle Accident Injuries

The injuries that you suffer in an Amazon delivery vehicle wreck depend on many different factors, including the angle of impact and the speed each vehicle was traveling at the time of the crash. You could suffer, for example:

  • A traumatic brain injury
  • A spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations

Accordingly, you should get medical help as soon as possible after a crash so that your injuries can be diagnosed and your treatment plan can begin.

Who Do You Sue After an Amazon Delivery Vehicle Crash?

The vehicle that caused your crash may have the word Amazon on the side, but it's not always easy to determine the defendant in an Amazon vehicle accident. In many cases, the defendant is not Amazon, but instead may be the:

  • Company acting as Amazon's delivery service partner
  • Vehicle driver
  • Vehicle maintenance company or provider
  • Vehicle manufacturer
  • Company or individual who loaded the cargo on the van

A thorough investigation into the cause of your accident will determine the right defendants for your lawsuit. It is essential to name the right defendants. If you sue the wrong people and don't have evidence to secure a verdict against them, then your case may be dismissed and you won't recover any compensation for your accident injuries.

Protect your Amazon Accident Recovery

If your Amazon accident lawsuit is successful, you may recover compensation for all of the damages that you suffer because of the crash. Your financial recovery may include past and future:

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

In some cases, you may be able to settle your accident case with the insurance company. Wisconsin insurance companies know that Hupy and Abraham means business, and they are often willing to settle our clients' claims fairly. However, if they are not willing to offer a reasonable settlement, then we will not hesitate to go to court to protect your rights.

Call our Wisconsin truck accident lawyers today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation about your Amazon truck crash case.

 

Jason F. Abraham
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