The online retail giant, Amazon, has been steadily expanding its trucking fleet to get more packages to more people around the world. It’s very common to see Amazon vans and trucks driving around local neighborhoods to meet the increased demand of consumers shopping online. But with this increase in business also comes a heightened risk of Amazon truck accidents due to negligent drivers and unexpected hazards.
Here’s how the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum can help you with your Amazon truck accident case.
Background on Amazon Trucks
Amazon delivers packages in numerous ways to get packages to your doorstep in a very short amount of time. With one-day and two-day Prime shipping, Amazon’s logistics team has expanded delivery services to include Amazon-branded tractor trailer semi-trucks, sprinter vans, walk-in vans, and even personal vehicles. The company has also used third-party delivery service partners as well, such as FedEx, USPS, and DHL.
Causes of Amazon Truck Accidents
Amazon truck drivers may feel pressure to deliver a large number of packages on time, which may lead them to be in a hurry and not take all necessary safety precautions. The risks increase during especially busy delivery seasons, such as around Christmas.
Many Amazon truck drivers are new on the job, so their experience with navigating a truck or van on busy New York City streets is limited. Accidents caused by Amazon truck drivers may also be caused by distracted driving due to texting or checking maps. Weather conditions, reckless pedestrians, and damaged roads can also cause Amazon truck accidents.
Proving Fault in an Amazon Truck Accident
As with any automobile accident, you will need to prove that someone else caused the accident that resulted in your injuries to be successful with your case. Our office will investigate whether the driver was an Amazon employee or a third-party contractor, as this may affect how your case is best pursued. We will make sure that all liable parties are held responsible for the accident and explore all avenues of recovery, including comprehensive insurance, cargo insurance, and property damage.
The Role of Insurance for Amazon Trucks
Amazon truck drivers are required to have liability insurance coverage for all vehicles used for commercial purposes. The company provides commercial auto insurance policies for its trucks. However, things become more complicated when independent, non-employee delivery drivers work on a contract basis.
But don’t stress over the details because these are all things that an experienced Brooklyn auto accident attorney can figure out and walk you through. After the accident, the most important things to do are to take care of your health by seeking medical attention and document as much evidence as possible. In addition to calling the police to file an accident report and seeking medical care for your injuries, you’ll also want to collect information about the delivery truck, driver’s name, and insurance information. Photographs and contact details of witnesses will also be helpful to prove your case.
Get Help with Your Amazon Truck Accident Case
At the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, we have pursued and been successful with Amazon truck accident cases and are here to help you through the process. Don’t be intimidated by big corporations, like Amazon, if one of their drivers caused you to be injured. You can contact us day or night to tell us about your accident at 718-237-5586 and take the first step to recovering the maximum amount of compensation for a settlement.