In recent months, the demand for delivery has increased due to many people staying at home throughout the global pandemic. This has caused the number of delivery vehicles on the road to increase as well. One of the world’s most popular online shopping companies, Amazon, started delivering its own packages in recent years. As Amazon caters to people’s needs through a fast delivery service, there have been many accidents involving their delivery drivers as a result. In some cases, these accidents have caused serious injuries or even death. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney if you were injured in one of these accidents.
What is Causing Amazon Delivery Truck Accidents?
Since the middle of 2015, the amount of accidents involving an Amazon delivery truck have been significant. The statistics are as follows:
- At least 10 deaths caused by Amazon drivers
- More than 60 accidents
- At least 100 lawsuits in which Amazon was named a defendant
A variety of reports and studies revealed why these accidents have been on the rise. The increased pressure on drivers to meet certain deadlines and quotas has been a large factor in these accidents. The more the drivers are rushing to do so, the more careless they are, thus leading to mistakes and road violations. In addition to this, regular commercial truck drivers are subject to federal time limits while driving to avoid drowsy driving. However, Amazon drivers may not always follow these requirements, as they are a separate entity. This can cause them to work under tiresome conditions.
What Types of Accidents Can Happen?
There are certain aspects of an Amazon delivery truck that can make it more dangerous than being involved in an accident with a regular passenger vehicle. The vans and trucks used by Amazon drivers are larger than a standard car. In addition to this, they are usually filled with large amounts of cargo, making the vehicle heavier as well. This can cause collisions to be deadly when other drivers do not see the vehicle coming. Ways that accidents can take place can include:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Speeding violations
- DUI or DWI incidents
- General reckless driving
What to Do After an Amazon Delivery Driver Accident
If you were involved in an accident with an Amazon delivery vehicle, there are steps you can take to help secure a future claim. This includes the following:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Contact the police so a report can be filed, as well as with Amazon Logistics
- Take pictures and/or videos of the accident scene
- Make note of any visible or non-visible injuries
- Gather relevant contact information from all parties involved
- Collect statements and contact information from witnesses at the scene
Contact our Firm
Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.