With Amazon’s rise in recent years, you can see Amazon delivery trucks and vans frequently on Roswell roads. Amazon used to rely entirely on companies like UPS and USPS for their deliveries, but now Amazon has its own services. This has increased the risk of accidents with drivers.
If an Amazon driver hit you, you might be entitled to financial compensation. You should not have to pay for the medical bills, lost income, or other costs of your accident if you were not at fault. Our Roswell Amazon delivery van accident lawyers can help.
John Foy & Associates has over 20 years of experience helping accident victims. Our team knows what it takes to handle Amazon driver-related crashes.
To discuss your options during a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Fault in an Amazon Delivery Van Accident
If you were hurt in an accident, you’ll need to prove who was at fault. In Georgia, the at-fault party is responsible for paying for the damages. In most cases, the at-fault party’s insurance company should cover the costs.
Determining fault in an Amazon driver accident is more complex than other cases. When two drivers crash, the negligent driver is usually at fault. However, the situation with Amazon drivers is different.
Amazon drivers are working for Amazon when they cause an accident. That means the responsible party could be:
- The driver
- A vehicle manufacturer
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Amazon Driver Liability
Most Amazon delivery drivers are independent contractors, not employees. These drivers do not have the same legal protections as full- or part-time workers. If the driver causes an accident, they are generally responsible for the damages, not Amazon.
You usually cannot sue Amazon for a driver’s mistakes. However, Amazon drivers do have Amazon Flex insurance through the company. This insurance policy provides:
- Auto liability coverage
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
- Contingent comprehensive and collision coverage
Drivers must also have their own auto insurance policy. The Flex insurance only applies to the “delivery partner” who drives for Amazon—not additional drivers or passengers.
Amazon’s insurance also only applies when the driver is “on the clock.” If the driver hits you while they are not working, the driver’s own insurance applies.
If a driver caused your accident, you can generally seek compensation through Amazon’s insurance or the driver’s insurance.
It’s very hard to sue Amazon for a delivery van accident. Most of the time, an insurance claim is your only option for compensation. But there are instances where you may have a case against the company.
The company could be liable for:
- Failing to perform a background check or investigation on a driver
- Hiring someone who is not fit to drive for Amazon
- Providing vehicles that are poorly maintained or defective
The company must have knowingly done something to cause harm. If you believe this is the case for your accident, contact a lawyer. You’ll need to gather evidence to back up your case.
Van Manufacturer Liability
If a defective vehicle or its components caused your accident, you might have a case against the manufacturer. Manufacturing companies should not put out products that are unsafe for consumers. Talk to a lawyer if a defect might have caused your accident.
John Foy & Associates can help you determine the cause of your accident. We know how to investigate what happened and build a case. The consultation is FREE, and you don’t pay anything unless we win you money.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Recoverable Damages from an Amazon Delivery Van Accident
If someone’s actions caused you harm, you have rights. You can seek compensation for your injury damages through an insurance claim or lawsuit. The damages you can claim will depend on your accident details.
Common damages from an Amazon delivery van accident include:
- Past and future medical treatment costs
- Lost income from having to miss work
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If a loved one died in this type of accident, you might have a wrongful death claim. Talk to a lawyer today about the rights of your family. A lawyer can also help calculate all of your accident damages.
Getting the compensation you deserve is challenging. Insurance companies don’t like to pay much on injury claims. The insurer will probably look for ways to reduce what they pay. In some cases, they’ll deny your claim altogether.
An experienced lawyer can help you from the beginning. They can communicate and negotiate with the insurer on your behalf. You won’t have to worry about saying or doing something that could hurt your case.
Time Limit to File Your Accident Claim
If you were not at fault for your accident, the law is on your side. But you’ll need to act quickly. According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §9-3-33, you have two years from your accident to seek recovery. This time limit is Georgia’s statute of limitations.
If you miss the statute of limitations, you won’t recover anything for your damages and the court will likely throw out your case. To make sure that doesn’t happen, start working on your claim today.
What to Do After an Amazon Delivery Van Accident
After your accident, there are ways you can start building your claim. The following actions can help:
- Report the accident to the police.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, and the vehicle damage.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the Amazon driver.
- Get medical treatment as soon as possible. Waiting will hurt your case.
- Contact an experienced lawyer as quickly as you can.
Also, be careful about anything you say related to the accident. Avoid apologizing or admitting any blame. Even if you’re worried about being at fault, don’t mention it to anyone but your lawyer. Many victims are surprised to learn they hold no fault in the crash.
Talk to a Roswell Amazon Delivery Van Accident Lawyer Today
An accident with an Amazon driver can be confusing, frustrating, and painful. If you were injured, we can help determine your best legal options. John Foy & Associates does not collect payment unless we win you money.
Call us today to get started with a FREE consultation. Call (404) 400-4000. You can also fill out the quick form on our contact page.