While you likely have shopped with Amazon before because of Amazon’s guarantee of quick delivery and wide array of available products, these same guarantees can lead to devastating accidents.
As Amazon buys and runs more and more small supply depots and delivery services around the country, they can resort to hiring sometimes untrained or inexperienced drivers. These drivers are then put in a high-pressure situation pushing deliveries out as quickly as possible. This can lead to Amazon truck drivers speeding, cutting corners, or breaking other driving laws that lead to the destruction of personal property, injury, or death.
A specialized Amazon truck accident lawyer from McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt can help you get the compensation you deserve from Amazon for these unnecessary accidents.
Getting to the Root of the Problem—Suing Amazon
It can actually be difficult to sue Amazon directly for injuries or damages you’ve sustained from an accident with an Amazon delivery driver. To follow through with their fast 2-day or less delivery times, Amazon has to contract local independently owned delivery services all across the country. However, because of the intense and often unsafe conditions Amazon has its drivers working under, you may still be able to get compensation from the corporation for injuries caused by a driver.
Reach out for a consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer, like one found at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, to find out if you can directly sue Amazon for your compensation.
Knowing the Regulations
Amazon doesn’t own most of the trucks or delivery companies that it uses to deliver products. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible for accidents that occur. Commercial and delivery vehicles are held to certain government standards that are stricter than those that apply to private individuals. These regulations are made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. They are there to ensure the safety of the public and look out for driver health.
These regulations include service hour limits and rules that outline various parts of truck safety. Along with that, there are weight limits, general aspects of driver health tests, and testing to make sure that truck drivers are not driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Amazon, both renowned and notorious for quick delivery times, is known for pushing the boundaries of these necessary regulations. If the corporate mentality of “speed above all else” is shown to have affected driver safety, you may be able to hold Amazon responsible for your damages or injury.
If Amazon is caught violating these regulations, it may also mean they have to pay you extra punitive fines. These punitive or exemplary damages can increase the total amount of compensation you receive and encourage Amazon to treat their drivers better.
Avoid Settling—Talk to a Truck Accident Lawyer
Amazon, or the company that owns the delivery service responsible for the driver that caused your accident, may reach out and try to settle your case with your insurance company. Settling early in a case may limit the amount of compensation you can receive if you still intend to sue.
These settlements are also often not enough to cover your expenses, and insurance agencies and corporations are not likely to offer you an acceptable sum of money unless forced to by the courts. Not to mention they don’t cover missed paychecks, nor will they consider covering compensating you for your pain and suffering because of an accident.
If you choose to sue, you may be compensated for all the expenses you incurred because of injuries, lost time at work, vehicle or property damages, and any pain and suffering. This is particularly important to garner if you, unfortunately, lost a loved one in your accident.
Getting Compensated in Pennsylvania
If you’ve been in an accident with an Amazon truck and suffered injuries or sustained damages to your property, you may be entitled to compensation. Reach out to McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt to find the Amazon truck accident lawyer to help you sue this mega-corporation for your damages.
Take McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt’s 30 years of experience with trucking accidents to get the compensation you deserve from Amazon. Find a nearby office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, fill out this contact form, or call McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt directly at 1-800-590-4116 to start your consultation.