There are thousands of Amazon drivers delivering packagaes around the state of Pennsylvania each day. It’s a stressful job dealing with traffic, deadlines and the challenge of getting all those packages to their destinations.
Inevitably, accidents and injuries will occur, some serious and even fatalities caused by driving mistakes by Amazon drivers.
So, what happens if you fall victim to the negligent driving of an Amazon delivery person?
Who is Liable?
What legal rights to Compensation do you have?
What should you do to protect your legal rights?
Who is Liable – Amazon? the Driver? another Company? All of the above?
Amazon often uses contractors – or Direct Service Providers – to deliver its packages. Amazon has written agreements with the Direct Service Providers and Drivers concerning who is liable for accidents, as well as insurance requirements and agreements concerning who will defend and pay injury claims.
As an accident victim, it’s important to explore all possible avenues to hold the Driver, Direct Service Provider, Contractor and Amazon liable. You should be sure to get the identity of the Driver and his/her employer and call the Police to the accident scene to investigate and document the Accident.
Then, if you are injured, you should consult with an experienced Car Accident Lawyer as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
An experienced lawyer will know how to present claims against all possible defendants – the Driver, the Contractor/Direct Service Provider and Amazon corporate.
Amazon often tries to avoid responsibility by claiming that the Drivers are independent contractors employed by another independent entity but strong arguments exist to hold Amazon jointly or vicariously liable because of the control it exercises over the Drivers and the delivery process.
In a catastrophic injury or death case, it can be critical to present a strong claim against Amazon because the Driver and Contractor will likely have limited insurance to cover the accident and pay for injuries and damages. You should not sell your claim short by ignoring the potential liability of the Direct Service Provider and Amazon corporate.
What Compensation are you Entitled to After an Amazon Driver Injures You?
There are several items of Compensation that you are potentially entitled to after being injured in a car accident caused by an Amazon Driver which include:
- Medical Bills -Past and Future
- Lost Income and Earning Capacty
- Other Expenses
- Damage to or replacement of your Vehicle and other Property
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Disability and the Negative Impact on your Life Activities
How To Protect Your Rights to Compensation After an Accident Caused by an Amazon Delivery Driver in Pennsylvania?
Here are Six Steps to Take to Protect your Legal Rights to Compensation after being Injured by an Amazon Delivery Driver in Pennsylvania:
Step One – Call the Police
Step Two – Take Photos of the Scene and Vehicles
Step Three – Get proof of identity of the Amazon Driver and his/her Employer
Step Four – Identify Witnesses to the Accident
Step Five – Get Medical Treatment
Step Six – Retain an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer to Deal with the Driver, Direct Service Provider, Amazon and all of the Insurance Companies.
Tim Rayne is a Pennsylvania Car Accident and Personal Injury lawyer with the Pennsylvania law firm MacElree Harvey. For over 25 years, Tim has been helping car accident victims understand their legal rights and receive fair compensation from insurance companies. Contact Tim for a Free Evaluation of your Car Accident Claim at 610-840-0124 or email@example.com or check out his website at www.TimRayneLaw.com.