Amazon Delivery Truck Accidents
Founded in Seattle, Amazon.com has become the largest online retailer in the world. It services many customers around the world. While Amazon’s growth has helped many customers receive goods, there has also been a cost to this service.
This has come in the form of the many delivery trucks that are on the streets, neighborhoods, and highways in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellingham, Olympia, and across Washington State, including I-5, 405, and highway 167. These Amazon trucks are enormous, much larger than normal cars, trucks, and SUVs. Some of these vehicles weigh as much as 26,000 pounds when they are fully loaded with their freights. Given the sheer size of these vehicles, Amazon.com delivery trucks can create significant damage to those who they strike in car accidents.Amazon Delivery Truck Washington State Laws
With the emergence of Amazon prime and two-hour, or even one hour delivery, in many US cities, there has been a real rush by drivers for Amazon.com delivery trucks to deliver packages in a timely fashion. This pressure has created a greater risk for people on the road who are hit by Amazon delivery trucks. Many times drivers are under enormous pressure to deliver goods that cannot be delivered in time, thus creating the potential for serious car accidents as these drivers speed and run red lights and stop signs.
If you have been struck by an Amazon truck, it may not be so simple as filing a claim against Amazon. You may have to file a claim against a third party contractor who is working for Amazon.com. This is because Amazon often hires third party companies to deliver packages for them. Sometimes this is Fedex, UPS, and other delivery services. Other times they are lesser known, local companies.
For these kinds of cases, involving Amazon truck accidents, there is what is called a commercial insurance policy. A commercial insurance policy is normally much larger than a normal insurance policy. The commercial insurance policy could be more than one million dollars in value.
Common reasons for Amazon truck accidents when the driver is at fault:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inexperience
- Driver inattention
- Driver distraction
In order for a commercial driver to be on the road in Washington State, operating a pickup truck, they need to have what is called a CDL or a commercial driver’s license. This kind of license is not easy to obtain. A driver must pass a background check and pass several fitness tests as well. In addition, responsible companies should also have internal background and fitness checks with which they screen their applicants. However, as you can imagine, companies do not always do their due diligence in hiring a trucker for their company.
While the majority of Amazon truck accidents are the result of driver error, there can also be instances when Amazon or the third party contractor company is at fault. Common reasons for accidents when the company is at fault:
- Tire blowouts
- Brake problems
- Vehicle maintenance issues
- Failing to properly screen or vet drivers
Sometimes Amazon truck companies fail to properly maintain their vehicles and they put their drivers in trucks that are not safe, for a variety of reasons, ranging from brakes that are aging and faulty, tires that are bald and need replacing, and other mechanical issues that need addressed and fixed. If this is the case, the truck company shares responsibility for the accident they caused.
There are times, however, when the insurance company for Amazon.com or their third party contractor will attempt to conceal internal company documents that show how neglectful the company has been in properly and safely maintaining their truck.Common Amazon Truck Accident Injuries
If you have been in an accident with an Amazon truck, chances are you facing serious injuries. These vehicles are usually quite large, larger than normal cars or SUVs most commonly on the road. The most common injuries associated with pickup truck injuries are:
- Concussion and whiplash
- Traumatic brain injuries
- ACL or MCL tears
- Broken bones
If you have suffered any of these injuries, the likelihood is not good that these injuries will resolve on their own. In most instances, you will have to see a medical professional to help you recover. Aside from primary care doctors, the most common kinds of healthcare providers to treat people who have been in accidents with pickup trucks are osteopaths, physiatrists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists.
Any of these healthcare providers can render quality care to you and they likely know the appropriate specialist who can treat you if you have been injured by an Amazon.com truck.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured by an Amazon.com delivery truck or semi, then you are likely in one of the more difficult times of your life. You are likely facing phone calls from Amazon’s insurance company or the insurance company for the third party contractor deliverer for Amazon, medical appointments, you may be losing money from work since you are unable to work, and many phone calls from insurance companies. If this is the case, why go through this process alone? The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover:
- Money for lost wages
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for medical bills
- Money for lost wages
The Jackman Law Firm can assist you with all of these things. In addition, we can stand between you and the insurance company for the truck or 18-wheeler. While it is not common, there are also instances when the truck company’s insurance company may allege that you were either partly or completely at fault for the accident. If this unfortunate and untrue allegation is brought against you, then you need an attorney who can help you.
The Jackman Law Firm can assist you by sending subpoenas for any video footage that may have captured the accident, interviewing witnesses and bystanders, and speaking to the police, assuming an investigation was done. If it is clear that the vehicle was not properly maintained, then the Jackman Law Firm has the resources and experience to investigate the company internally and find out if the company was failing to properly maintain their vehicle, such as not checking and fixing their brakes, making sure the tires are properly maintained and inflated, and making sure the vehicle is safe to be on the road.
If you have questions about your Amazon.com truck accident, feel free to call for a free consultation to discuss your case.