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How Amazon Trucks and Vans Cause Severe Injuries

By Ramsey Prather on October 20, 2023

Amazon is a very profitable business. The company makes over 1.6 million deliveries in America every day, shipping over $7 billion packages throughout the world each year. In a recent year, they generated almost $470 billion in sales.

The key to Amazon’s success is fast shipping. When surveyed, over 80 percent of Amazon customers said that free and fast shipping was the number one reason why they chose the company, but this puts a heavy burden on their drivers.

Unfortunately, there’s a high price to pay for the demands that Amazon places on its employees. Harsh working conditions inevitably cause driver fatigue, and this is a major factor when Amazon trucks and vans crash into automobiles, pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles.

If you or a loved one was injured by an Amazon driver, it’s important to find the right personal injury law firm to represent you. Butler Prather LLP is here for you, and we won’t be intimidated by anybody.

How Amazon Tries To Shield Itself from Liability

Despite its success, Amazon does everything it can to avoid paying fair compensation when its delivery drivers cause accidents that harm innocent people. For example, many of their deliveries are made by Amazon Flex drivers, who are legally designated as independent contractors even though they actually work for Amazon.

Amazon also uses third-party delivery companies to avoid liability for damages caused to the people who make their deliveries. If you were struck by an Amazon delivery driver, they may not be working directly for the company. Amazon works to shield itself from liability in these cases, even though drivers for these third-party delivery companies will often:

  • Drive a truck that says Amazon
  • Wear an Amazon uniform
  • Use the Amazon delivery app
  • Be monitored and evaluated by Amazon

Holding Amazon Liable Injuries Caused by Their Drivers

Even if you were injured by a driver who wasn’t working directly for Amazon, there are many avenues to pursue to gain compensation, and your personal injury lawyer can lead the way. If Amazon is liable for your injuries, it’s essential to have an attorney who has the resources and experience to go up against one of the most powerful corporations in the world.

The pressure to deliver all those packages on time puts an enormous strain on Amazon drivers, who work long hours while constantly struggling to keep up with demand. Amazon drivers often work 14-hour days without receiving proper bathroom breaks.

Factors that contribute to accidents caused by Amazon drivers include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Fatigued driving
  • Failure to obey traffic laws
  • Risky maneuvers
  • Failure to yield
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Improper loading
  • DUI

The True Cost of Injuries Caused by Amazon Trucks and Vans

A fully loaded Amazon van weighs up to nine tons, and their trucks weigh up to 13 tons. When one of these vehicles is involved in an accident, it may cause catastrophic injuries. Victims who suffer debilitating injuries such as paralysis or brain damage will require a lifetime of medical treatment and in-home nursing care. These injuries may also prevent the victim from pursuing their career.

The true cost of an Amazon crash can be astronomical. Unfortunately, you’re probably going to get the run-around from Amazon when you seek fair compensation. That’s why your Columbus truck accident attorney will investigate the accident and pursue justice by filing a claim or a lawsuit against anyone whose negligence contributed to your injuries, which may include:

  • Amputation
  • Severe burns
  • Nerve damage
  • Bone fractures
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries

Are You Suffering from Catastrophic Injuries?

At Butler Prather LLP, our Georgia personal injury lawyers have won landmark verdicts and settlements against some of the most powerful interests in the nation. We’ve been helping people get the money they need to recover after an accident for over 35 years.

Our Columbus personal injury lawyers have won hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in over 30 states. We have won nine verdicts that exceed $100 million and more than 60 verdicts and settlements of over $10 million.

At Butler Prather LLP, our clients come first, and we always have time to talk about your case.

Call us at (706) 322-1990 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

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