Amazon continues to be a growing part of the gig economy, and one of the most well-known names in the retail industry.
Were you in an accident with an Amazon Flex, Prime, or another delivery vehicle, and now at your wit’s end with the terrible truck accident lawyers in Los Angeles? Our top rated law firm has experience suing companies like Amazon, presently the most popular online shopping platform with over two million active retailers. Amazon has established a new delivery method called Amazon Flex to meet its ever-growing consumer base. Below, our consumer lawyers will explain the history of Amazon, and how to acquire maximum financial compensation from Amazon when you or a loved one suffer an injury or are facing a wrongful death action.
Prior to this, the Amazon corporation formed loose partnerships with established corporations like DHL, UPS, FedEx, and others to ship on its behalf.
Experts estimate that by the end of 2022, Amazon will have the largest delivery fleet in the United States, surpassing both UPS and FedEx in shipments. You’d be hard-pressed not to find a local Amazon fulfillment center near you because of its massive outreach and growth. However, Amazon has assembled an armada of vehicles, together with its local partners who are not considered Amazon employees by the company.
Furthermore, the New York Times reported that Amazon recently knocked off Walmart, making it the world’s largest non Communist Chinese retailer in 2021. (Over $610 billion in e-commerce sales.). In 2020, Amazon’s U.S. logistics branch transported over four billion parcels to customers, representing a 127% rise in package deliveries above year 2019. (Source – Statista.) Many speculate the real winners during the COVID-19 shutdowns were large, highly political corporations like Amazon, with it’s new fleet of cars, vans, delivery trucks and delivery drivers. It’s natural ally, the accident attorney (The academic, progressive trial lawyer) has parted ways, since money rules the world and there are no rules to love and war.
Currently Amazon used two methods to deliver packages on their “last mile” to homes or businesses:
Amazon partners – These individuals act as independent contractors, with their own fleet of 20 to 40 dark grey vans marked “Amazon Prime.” The so called “partner” is like a McDonald’s franchise business model, but here it delivers Amazon’s packages.
Amazon Flex – This business model operates by hiring individual contractors with their own delivery vehicles, using the ride-share model. This is akin to Uber eats in some ways.
As its supply side and logistics enterprize has exploded, the chances of delivery vehicle accident has increased exponentially. This means we expect to see a massive rise in future property damage and people being struck, run over or killed by Amazon delivery trucks operated by its fleet of contract and employee delivery drivers. Your family member or close friend could be at an increased risk too. That’s why you should contact our law firm today before it’s too late to update medical records or file an insurance claim against the at fault Amazon truck driver, etc.
Unfortunately, accidents are frequently caused by Amazon delivery truck drivers who are careless, reckless and rushed. Because the drivers are independent contractors rather than employees, Amazon often avoids accountability for these mishaps. We are keenly aware that people require legal services following Amazon driver truck accidents.
If you got injured in a crash caused due to a truck driver negligently delivering Amazon packages in Los Angeles, California, you must not give any recorded statement to the insurance adjuster. Instead, as soon as you are able, you should talk to a charismatic, friendly lawyer with experience in these complex, and often disputed cases.
More History of the Amazon Company
In 1994, far left billionaire, Jeff Bezos formed the Amazon company, in Seattle, Washington. Starting in a garage, the first products it shipped were music Cds, printed books, movie videos. In 1997, the growing online company finally went public.
The company diversified into other goods and online products. Presently, the company is a multinational corporation that sells all types of delivery services and other consumer products. As noted, it has multiple subsidiaries and partners as part of its successful platform. Now they deliver packages from third party seller directly to end users.
Here are some Amazon-Branded public offerings and Divisions:
As discussed, these divisions do hire independent contractors as delivery partners. These services and relationships help the company deliver packages throughout the United States and world at large.
Most truckers will exercise caution while operating their vehicle. However, a tired or distracted driver may ignore traffic regulations, or negligently operate their trucks to get there faster. Careless driving practices carried out by truck drivers can lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), says there are several common factors that will cause an Amazon delivery truck or van driver to cause an accident as follows.
While other commercial truck drivers must exercise safe driving techniques to avoid fatigue, most Amazon drivers are exempt from these regulations. This can lead to drivers working in hazardous conditions, which can result in dangerous and even fatal delivery vehicle accidents.
One of the issues is the business model is not uniform as far as safety and delivery protocols. Amazon hires third company contractors to meet the huge demand it has to deliver packages rapidly. Many independent contractors are overworked and underpaid. The only way they can make more income is by delivering more packages for any given day.
Truckers struggling to survive in the age of hyperinflation and over-regulation will naturally, take risks. This means they may speed, fail to update their trip sheets, make safety inspection and take required breaks, opting for long hours off the clock. Violating traffic laws can become par for the course, leading to mass casualties on Los Angeles roads.
If you’ve just been hurt in an Amazon delivery truck accident, you might be wondering if you can sue Amazon directly for your damages. Unfortunately, most people injured in Amazon accidents are unable to sue Amazon for compensation.
This is because many of the vehicles and vans used by Amazon delivery drivers are not owned by Amazon, and the driver is not an Amazon worker. Amazon delivery drivers are often self-employed individuals contracted and paid by Amazon Delivery Partner Services, a branch of Amazon Logistics. As a consequence, rather than Amazon, the company that hired the independent contractor is the defendant in a court lawsuit.
Because many Amazon drivers are not directly employed by the corporation, it is able to avoid direct accountability in the event of a car accident. Even if multiple police reports or even Cal OHSA find the delivery driver at fault, that doesn’t mean Amazon will pay a dime.
In most situations, you may not be able to sue Amazon directly after an accident involving an Amazon delivery truck or van even though they may have comprehensive and collision coverage.
Amazon requires all of its contractors to carry liability insurance, which means you can sue for damages for negligence, reckless driving, etc. Amazon Flex Insurance is the type of liability insurance that is necessary. This policy provides up to $1 million in motor liability coverage. This means that if a delivery driver is at fault in a motor accident, the insurance policy can pay up to $1 million in third-party injuries and damages. Remember that third parties, including the City or County of Los Angeles can also be at fault for poor road conditions leading to brain injuries and other problems.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving Amazon delivery trucks, you should seek medical attention right away. Whiplash, brain, and spine trauma are all possible ailments that can be life-altering or fatal. Consult an Ehline Law Amazon Delivery Accident Lawyer after seeing a doctor for assistance in obtaining full compensation for your injuries. A truck accident attorney can work to construct a strong case against the at-fault party in order to claim monetary compensation for you.
A statute of limitations applies to all personal injury claims. The deadline in California is two years from the date of the Amazon delivery accident. That is why it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to help you through these difficult times.
Having an experienced attorney on your side can almost certainly boost your chances of receiving the payment you deserve. We are willing to go to court if we do not receive a reasonable offer from the other party’s insurance company.
Like any other truck or vehicle accident, an Amazon delivery truck accident can result in minor to catastrophic injuries. The level of the injuries sustained can be determined by the weight of the Amazon van or truck, the speed at which the vehicles collided, and the accident’s severity.
Injuries sustained in an Amazon delivery truck accident include:
Unlike California dog bites, Amazon is not strictly liable for injuries to others. Amazon has a responsibility to hire people who can drive safely and not endanger anyone while doing their job tasks. If Amazon hires someone who is potentially dangerous or reckless, the corporation might be held liable for any incidents that occur as a result.
Drivers also have an obligation to everyone else on the road and must not drive in such a way that puts anyone else in danger. If you can prove four grounds of negligence, you can pursue legal action in the form of a personal injury lawsuit.
The points are as follows:
All four of these criteria must be met so that you can file the claim effectively. You cannot get coverage for medical expenditures if you weren’t wounded. Additionally, you should also not be the one who caused the accident.
If you were also involved in the delivery truck accident and were found to be somewhat at blame, the amount of your payout can be significantly reduced. Accidents involving an Amazon delivery vehicle can be fatal; in these accidents, the same four elements of negligence apply.
Accident victims may face a muddled insurance nightmare if a driver hired through an Amazon Delivery Service Partner or Amazon Flex is at fault due to the contractual company’s own laws, restrictions, and insurance coverage. Even worse, in the rare event that an Amazon employee is engaged in an accident.
The Amazon website contains little to no advice about what to do if you are wounded by one. This is just another reason why you should never engage directly with the defendants. Form an attorney-client relationship and services of a skilled and knowledgeable trial attorney for legal advice and to select the best course of action for your safety.
Amazon Flex – This is dependent on who is shipping the goods. A Flex driver, for example, is someone who picks up and delivers Amazon deliveries using their vehicle. In this case, the driver of the car would be held directly accountable.
Personal insurance coverage, on the other hand, may not payout if the vehicle is being utilized for commercial purposes.
The Amazon Flex Auto Policy, which protects drivers while making deliveries, is available from Amazon.
This would require the motorist to have two policies on their vehicle; one for personal usage and the other for commercial use. Before working as an Amazon delivery driver, those interested in working for the e-commerce giant should consult with their insurance company.
Amazon tries to limit its liability to its Delivery Service Partners (DSP). The company allegeles DSPs are independent contractors to get out of vicarious liability, thereby protecting its assets from paying for your collision.
The company even uses an algorithm to oversee how many packages its DSPs deliver and how fast they drive. Hence, there is no question in our mind, these are NOT independent contractors. How can they not be an employee, when Amazon forces the driver to meet its own deadlines and even has its name on the side of many of these vehicles?
Respondeat Superior is a legal notion that holds an employer liable for the activities of their workers while they are working for them. In other words, if a delivery truck driver in Los Angeles is engaged in, or directly causes, a collision that causes injury to another person, the owner of the company and the Amazon delivery vehicle are accountable and can be fined and sued for fair compensation.
Remember, if a driver is on their way to or from work to home, their Amazon Flex insurance policy, for example will not kick in as they are not on the clock. If the court finds no evidence of vicariously liability, Amazon Flex coverage is all you get. This policy provides coverage for up to $1 million in damage caused by third parties when the delivery driver was on clock in during the collision. If not, no commercial insurance is available to pay your losses.
Because California is a liability state, an Amazon Flex driver who causes your accident can be held accountable for your damages. First, check with the at-fault driver’s personal insurance to see if he or she is covered; this may be enough to receive fair compensation. If this is not the case, you may need to file a claim with Amazon’s Commercial Car insurance provider.
Going up against a giant, like Amazon, individually might be challenging. Amazon’s policy, on the other hand, may provide more coverage for your losses. Only if you can prove that the driver was making an Amazon delivery at the time of the crash, then Amazon may agree to compensate you for your losses.
If the driver was not in a delivery zone at the time of the truck accident, Amazon’s Commercial Auto insurance policy cannot pay for the victims’ damages. An Amazon Flex app requires the driver to sign up for a delivery shift. The driver’s request is then confirmed by Amazon. When the delivery block window arrives, the driver is on duty.
Using the driver’s cellphone data, you may be able to verify whether the Amazon Flex driver was on duty at the time of your car collision. Accessing the driver’s activities with the Amazon Flex app, for instance, could reveal that the driver had signed up for a delivery block and was currently delivering a parcel at the time of the accident.
Ehline Law, an Amazon delivery truck accident law firm, may be able to assist you in proving that the delivery employee was on-duty at the time of your car accident.
In California, courts and the FTB look at how much control the company exerts over the person to see if they are an employee or not. Since Amazon maintains a lot of control over its DSPs many courts treat them as an employee. Because of this, the Amazon company will be on the hook to pay coverages over the primary insurance policy, vicariously liable to the plaintiffs.
Ehline thinks the company micromanages its e-commerce operations, even forcing its DSPs to wear an Amazon uniform. Since it also monitors deliveries and uses video cameras to watch the drivers as they operate the vehicles and where they go, this is evidence of ownership and control.
A court could decide the driver that struck you was a contractor. That means if you suffered a brain injury, or permanent ailment, the company will not cover any additional damages, and you are on your own. This is why you must speak with an experienced lawyer at Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC to help you file your claim.
Our serious injury lawyers can fully investigate your matter and assist you in holding anyone with deep pockets to pursue and pay compensation on your behalf.
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Because Amazon is a multibillion-dollar organization with independent contractors, its insurance coverage is not the same as those of the average commuter. This is one of the many reasons why retaining the services of an expert attorney to handle these complicated problems on your behalf is often necessary to ensure that your rights are protected and claims are made against the necessary insurance company, etc.
Our truck accident lawyers maintain convenient locations to serve your legal issues against Amazon employees and independent drivers in Orange County, Los Angeles, CA (Beverly Hills, El Segundo, Torrance, and anywhere else Amazon will deliver goods or services. Our associates will come to your front door anywhere in the country to make sure Amazon is held responsible for causing crashes, pain and suffering, injuries and death.
Our consumer lawyers just explained the history of Amazon, and how you can receive the maximum financial compensation under California law from Amazon and its affiliates when facing a serious injury or wrongful death in an insurance claim, or in a Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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