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Amazon has become one of the largest retailers in the world and delivers billions of packages across each state annually. This means countless delivery trucks and vehicles transporting Amazon packages from the warehouse to homes and offices are on the road daily. The main benefit to shopping on Amazon is its two-day, one-day, or even same-day deliveries. Unfortunately, drivers delivering packages as fast as possible are often involved in serious and even fatal accidents.
Federal Express and United Parcel Service ensure fast, timely delivery of packages. Their drivers may speed to meet deadlines, or fail to pay attention as they plan their next delivery.
If you have been injured in a crash caused by a delivery driver or commercial vehicle in Colorado Springs, do not hesitate to let Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, P.C. help you hold the liable parties responsible for their negligent and reckless actions and maximize your compensation. Our legal team can investigate the wreck, gather and analyze evidence, negotiate with trucking companies and insurers, and protect your rights and best interests inside and outside the courtroom.
Amazon Delivery Accidents in Colorado
In recent years, Amazon has developed a huge logistics operation to deliver goods to customers’ homes as quickly as possible. In fact, the retailer has created a network of contractors throughout the United States, which is why you may notice Amazon packages being delivered by unmarked white vans or rented box trucks. Some other delivery trucks are unmarked as well.
Additionally, Amazon introduced Flex in 2015. This app enables people to sign up to deliver Amazon packages using their own vehicles. Flex drivers are trained by Amazon mainly through instructional videos they can watch on their phones – despite the fact that being a delivery driver is one of the deadliest occupations in the country.
When you are struck by a United Parcel Service (UPS), FedEx, or United States Postal Service (USPS) driver, you can identify the employer. However, many Amazon contractors use plain white vans or their own personal vehicles.
The truth is that Amazon has consistently denied responsibility for the actions of its contractors in court, mainly due to agreements that require “delivery service partners” to assume liability and be responsible for legal costs. Therefore, contractors often take the fall for accidents and injuries caused by delivery drivers.
Although contracted drivers are paid by hundreds of companies, their routes and delivery details are generally directed by Amazon. The company’s software even tracks drivers’ progress. If a driver falls behind schedule, a dispatcher can contact the driver to address late deliveries on the go. However, such management places immense pressure on drivers, sometimes forcing them to sacrifice road safety in order to deliver packages on time.
Claims against FedEx, UPS, and USPS are more straightforward compared to lawsuits against Amazon and its contractors. Not only can a delivery driver be held liable for operating a vehicle in a negligent or reckless manner, but mail and parcel carriers may also share responsibility for vicarious liability, as well as negligent hiring, training, and supervision practices.
The legal principle of vicarious liability holds employers responsible for the actions of their employees. So, if a UPS driver was acting in the course and scope of his/her employment with UPS at the time of the collision, you can file a vicarious liability claim against the carrier.
Keep in mind, large delivery carriers are backed by a powerful legal team and investigators to work on accident cases with the goal of reducing or limiting the value of an injured party’s claim. It is imperative to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to put the blame on mail carriers and their drivers.
Common Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents
There are a variety of common causes of delivery truck accidents. Most of these causes involve negligence from the delivery driver.
The following are some of the common causes of delivery truck accidents:
- Speeding or driving recklessly to meet delivery deadlines
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
- Distracted driving
- Company’s failure to adequately select, train and supervise their drivers
- Under the influence driving
- Fatigued driving
- Improper training
- Improper loading of cargo, resulting in packages falling from the truck
- Improper maintenance of the vehicle
- Failing to follow truck driving guidelines, regulations, and the Rules of the Road
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