Why Amazon Delivery Drivers Rush, Endangering Us All
Amazon is known for its speedy delivery service. As convenient as it is to have an order placed and delivered as quickly as the next day, this benefit comes at a high cost to public safety. Every year, Amazon delivers an average of five billion packages, which translates to over 13.5 million packages daily. With so many Amazon delivery trucks on the road in a hurry to meet their deadlines, we all face an increased risk of accidents and injuries.
Amazon Drivers Under Pressure to Deliver
Amazon drivers are required to deliver 999 out of 1,000 deliveries on time, allowing for the smallest margin of error. If they make a mistake, resulting in delayed deliveries, it could potentially result in the loss of their job. Due to these high stakes, it is no surprise that drivers often take risks to meet Amazon’s high expectations. Reckless driving habits are not only a threat to the safety of these delivery drivers but to everyone around them. Negligent behaviors Amazon drivers engage in while performing their duties, such as:
- Driving while fatigued
- Ignoring traffic laws
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Driving aggressively
How Amazon Delivery Accidents Happen
Amazon’s practices and policies push drivers to work long hours and drive recklessly to meet the company’s expectations. As a result, Amazon delivery drivers often get involved in collisions, many of which cause serious, life-altering injuries. Some of the most common Amazon truck accident injuries include the following:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Permanent scarring
- Wrongful death
Amazon’s Auto Accident Policies
Amazon offers two delivery programs for their drivers, Delivery Service Partner (DSP) and Amazon Flex. DSPs are independent contractors who use Amazon-branded vehicles but are not Amazon employees, while Amazon Flex drivers use their own vehicles to make Amazon deliveries. Flex drivers are required to maintain additional insurance to cover their vehicles for commercial use. In Colorado, Flex drivers are also covered by Amazon’s Commercial Auto Insurance Policy when carrying out their deliveries.
What does this mean for you if you were injured in an accident caused by a driver rushing to make Amazon deliveries? Although Amazon may not be held accountable, that does not mean you cannot file a claim for compensation. You could pursue a claim against the third-party company that employs the delivery driver for both economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Medical expenses, including surgeries, medication, and assistive devices
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering, and emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who has what it takes to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Discuss Your Amazon Delivery Accident with a Colorado Springs Personal Injury Lawyer
If you sustained serious injuries in an accident caused by an Amazon delivery driver, don’t hesitate to get an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our skilled personal injury team in Colorado Springs is committed to fighting for those who have been wrongfully injured.
Your attorney will build a strong case in your defense, fight on your behalf, and improve your chances of recovering monetary damages. We know how to get the results you need to get back on your feet. Reach out to our Colorado Springs firm today at (719) 475-2555 to schedule a free initial consultation and get started on your case.