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Just like the rest of us, delivery drivers make mistakes while driving.
And the pressure that’s put on delivery drivers – especially Amazon delivery drivers – can create a vicious cycle of stress and negligence that can lead to serious truck accidents on the road.
If you’re injured in an accident with a delivery truck, contact our Washington truck accident lawyers at the Gilbert Law Firm right away.
Why Are Washington Amazon Truck Accidents So Common?
Truck accidents can be caused by intoxication, improper maintenance, mechanical failure, or human error – and due to their size and weight, can lead to devastating impacts for the people involved.
But Amazon truck accidents are particularly common.
The Wall Street Journal reported that “trucking companies hauling freight for Amazon have been involved in crashes that killed more than 75 people” since 2015.
In fact, The Wall Street Journal also found that Amazon’s “regular contractors were more than twice as likely to receive unsafe driving scores compared with similar outfits.”
An investigation by The Information claimed that horrific car and truck crashes are par for the course due to Amazon’s culture of convenience. And when confronted with the evidence from The Wall Street Journal’s studies, an Amazon spokesperson merely claimed the report “contains misleading and inaccurate assertions.”
Clearly, there is some question of whether Amazon is responsible for the high number of accidents involving their trucks. But what other reasons could add to the dangerous conditions?
For one, high pressure on drivers for timely delivery by companies like Amazon can contribute to drivers driving more dangerously. This could include:
- driving while fatigued,
- driving with faulty equipment,
- driving while distracted,
- poorly maintaining vehicles
Accidents of this severity can lead to various types of serious injuries to all parties involved. These injuries may include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
Can Amazon Be Held Liable for Delivery Truck Accidents in Washington?
Not sure who’s at fault after your accident with an Amazon truck? Things may be even more complicated if the driver is a third-party delivery driver. Amazon may claim they are not technically liable for your accident.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon has argued in court “that it has little role in overseeing its contractors’ safety on the road.”
Nevertheless, several cases have come up against the tech giant.
In 2019, a 9-month-old baby died in an accident caused by an Amazon delivery driver. According to the truck driver, he hadn’t seen the car with the infant because he was so focused on running late with his deliveries.
More recently, one victim of a tragic Amazon truck driving accident – who faced life-threatening injuries that left him unsure if he would ever walk again or regain control of his arms – sued Amazon in state court in Georgia in 2021.
In his suit, Ans Rana accused Amazon of all kinds of negligent practices, including:
- Informing the driver of the wrong speed limit
- Sending text reminders to prompt drivers to drive faster
- Mandating an unrealistic delivery schedule that compromised safety
What Does Washington Law Say About Lawsuits in Truck Delivery Crash Cases?
In Washington, a person is considered negligent when they fail to exercise reasonable care in his/her actions, which results in another person’s injury or loss.
If you were injured in a delivery truck collision with an Amazon driver, our experienced truck accident attorneys can help you file a lawsuit against the delivery truck driver, the company they worked for (which may not be Amazon directly), and/or the insurance company.
Some common types of negligence found in trucking crash cases include:
- Trucking company negligence (i.e. negligent hiring)
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to comply with trucking regulations
- Driving more hours than is allowed and/or safe
- Failure to conduct routine maintenance on the truck
- Overloading the truck or failing to secure cargo
If you get a winning settlement or verdict in your case, you’ll be compensated for your damages, which could include:
- Medical bills,
- lost future earning potential,
- lost wages,
- pain and suffering, and more.
Contact a Washington Amazon Truck Accident Attorney
If you were injured in a delivery truck crash or lost a loved one in a collision with an Amazon truck, you may feel there’s no way to win. Let our team of experienced attorneys at The Gilbert Law Firm assist you and your family get to the bottom of your case and pursue the financial compensation you need. We’ll help you. Call today to book a consultation.