Amazon promises deliveries quickly, and this has helped the company earn the goliath status it enjoys. The problem is that the tactics Amazon employs to keep its deliveries as speedy as possible make our roadways less safe for everyone who travels on them. Fortunately, however, the law may be catching up with Amazon's trail blazing, and often dangerous, techniques. If you are one of the many unfortunate victims of Amazon delivery driver accidents, reach out to Jason English at Jason English Law (512-454-7548) in Texas to learn all of your legal options.
A Poignant Example
In 2021, a 24-year-old man who was in the rear of his brother's Tesla suffered a catastrophic injury that left him clinging to life when an Amazon delivery van barreled into the back of their car, which had come to a stop behind a disabled vehicle on the busy interstate. The young man filed a lawsuit against Amazon that alleges the apps and other tools the company uses to rush their deliveries caused the Amazon delivery driver accident.
Amazon Refutes the Claim
Amazon denies culpability in the accident because the Amazon delivery driver in question is actually an employee of Harper Logistics LLC. While this is technically true, Harper Logistics LLC is just one of many small independently owned delivery businesses that have recently been launched for the specific purpose of delivering Amazon packages. In other words – according to Amazon – many of the Amazon delivery trucks you see on the road are not necessarily legally associated with the company.
Considering the Algorithms
The injured man's case against Amazon focuses entirely on the company's labyrinthian algorithms, which are alleged to control every move these independent delivery company's make, including:
- The number of packages drivers are required to deliver within a given amount of time
- Whether drivers are kept on as employees at the independent delivery companies or are let go
Additionally, Amazon is alleged to closely track these delivery drivers (whom it identifies as being independent of Amazon) for all the following factors:
- Speed and acceleration
- Backing up
- Seatbelt usage
- Phone calls and texts
- Taking corners
These delivery vans are even said to include interior cameras that employ artificial intelligence to detect when drivers yawn. In other words, Amazon is so heavily involved with these so-called independent delivery companies that many believe Amazon is managing them remotely. Amazon's profit-related expectations put considerable pressure on their drivers, and life-threatening Amazon delivery driver accidents are sometimes the result. If you have been injured by an Amazon delivery driver's negligence, Jason English at Jason English Law can help you understand all of your legal rights, and help you determine all of your options.
The Amazon emblazoned semi-trucks that speed by on their way to deliver Amazon products are now commonplace on the roadways. In the end, all that rushing is likely to prove exceptionally dangerous. In addition to these semis and Amazon vans (as featured in the accident above), there are also Amazon Flex cars, which amount to contract delivery drivers who use their own vehicles (in much the same way that Grubhub and other delivery services operate). If the Amazon delivery driver accident you are injured in involves an Amazon branded semi or van, your claim will be covered by a commercial policy (even if it is not Amazon's own). If, however, you are injured in an Amazon delivery accident involving a Flex vehicle, there is no guarantee that commercial coverage will apply.
Amazon's Flex Drivers
Amazon puts even more distance between itself and its Flex drivers. While these independent contractors can purchase commercial insurance coverage through the Flex program, they are not covered directly by an Amazon policy (unless they purchase the coverage). Further, as soon as a Flex driver is no longer actively engaged in delivering Amazon packages, the Amazon coverage ends. As such, claims involving Amazon Flex drivers are generally even more challenging than claims for basic Amazon delivery driver accidents.
Heavy Vehicles Cause More Serious Injuries
Amazon drivers deliver packages, which means they tend to drive larger, heavier vehicles, such as the Amazon vans. The heavier the vehicle, the more serious the impact of any ensuing accidents is likely to be, which – in turn – means more serious injuries. Large, heavy vehicles are also more dangerous for all the following reasons:
- The heavier the vehicle, the longer the required stopping distance.
- Large vehicles have larger blind spots (that impair driver vision).
- Larger, heavier vehicles are more difficult to maneuver smoothly through traffic.
When you factor in that Amazon drivers are also under the gun to perform, the risk factor rises exponentially.
The Losses You Suffer
If you are injured by an Amazon delivery driver's negligence, the losses (or legal damages) you can seek compensation for include:
- Property damage to your own vehicle
- Your medical expenses, which include both current costs and any ongoing medical expenses you incur as a result of the accident
- Your lost income due to lost hours on the job, which can extend to a loss in earning potential
- Your physical and psychological pain and suffering
It is especially important that your Amazon delivery driver accident claim clearly delineates the full scope of your physical, financial, and emotional losses.
Consult with an Experienced Texas Delivery Accident Attorney
Amazon has practically cornered the market for online shopping with exceptionally speedy delivery, but in the process, they have made our roadways more dangerous. If an Amazon delivery driver accident leaves you or someone you love injured, Jason English at Jason English Law in Texas is an experienced delivery accident attorney who dedicates his focused practice on helping clients like you obtain fair compensation that addresses their full range of legal damages. Your claim is important, so please do not wait to reach out and contact or call us at 512-454-7548 for more information today.