Accidents with Amazon delivery trucks can leave victims with serious injuries. These trucks are often driven by workers who have strict deadlines, and the culture of fast delivery from online sellers often means that these drivers resort to speeding and unsafe driving to make their deliveries on time. If you were injured in one of these accidents, you could be entitled to compensation.
In many cases, you cannot sue Amazon directly, but you are still entitled to compensation from the driver who injured you and, potentially, the delivery company they work for. An Arlington Amazon delivery truck accident attorney can help you file a claim and get the compensation you deserve.
For a free legal consultation with The Queenan Law Firm’s Arlington Amazon delivery truck accident attorneys, call our law offices today. Our number is (817) 476-1797.
Who Do You Sue for an Amazon Delivery Truck Accident in Arlington, TX?
If you were hit by a delivery truck carrying Amazon packages, it is sometimes possible to sue Amazon for your injuries. Whether you can include Amazon in the lawsuit often depends on how the delivery driver was employed and what circumstances led to the crash. Regardless, our Arlington Amazon delivery truck accident lawyers may be able to help you find the right parties to sue and help you get compensation from them for your injuries.
Suing the Delivery Driver
Any time a driver causes an auto accident, you can sue them for the resulting injuries. Texas is an at-fault state, which means that even if everyone has auto insurance, you can sue the driver for the crash. In those cases, their insurance will usually step in and pay damages. Driving more generally means a higher risk of crashing, so commercial delivery drivers typically must have high-dollar insurance policies to cover this risk.
Suing the Delivery Company
If the Amazon delivery driver who hit you works for some third-party delivery company as an employee, you may be able to sue that delivery company for their driver’s mistakes. Under a legal principle called respondeat superior, employers can be held liable for mistakes their employees cause while working within the scope of their employment. When commercial drivers cause a crash on their delivery route, they are usually well within the scope of their employment.
The delivery company could also be more directly responsible for the accident. Many delivery companies maintain their own vehicle fleets, so any equipment or maintenance problems could be blamed on the company. They could also be liable for a crash if they hired a driver they should have known was too dangerous to put behind the wheel based on a history of DUI or serious crashes.
Amazon often contracts with third-party delivery companies for the final leg of their delivery. In these situations, companies like UPS, FedEx, or the United States Postal Service (USPS) deliver packages directly to consumers. Other small companies could also be used in different regions or cities. In any case, these companies are usually the end of the line; you cannot reach past them to sue Amazon in these cases because Amazon has no direct involvement with the delivery. However, a case against these delivery companies will usually suffice to get you the damages you deserve.
In cases where the delivery driver is an Amazon employee, you may be able to sue Amazon for the accident. Just like with other delivery companies, Amazon can be held liable under respondeat superior for mistakes their drivers cause while on duty. This means that if a driver working directly for Amazon caused your crash, you can potentially file the claim directly against Amazon for compensation.
Often, Amazon relies on smaller delivery companies and shipping companies like UPS, FedEx, or USPS for local deliveries. This leaves most drivers who work directly for Amazon for other stages of delivery, such as shipping between distribution centers. These drivers often drive large trucks like 18-wheelers, which can cause very serious injuries in a crash.
Damages for Injuries in an Amazon Delivery Truck Accident in Arlington, TX
When you are injured in a crash, it is important to keep track of all of the expenses and harms you face from the accident. In an insurance claim or lawsuit, you could be entitled to get all of these damages paid. Our Arlington Amazon delivery truck accident lawyers can help you categorize and calculate these damages, potentially finding additional areas to claim compensation that you might not have known about.
Most injury cases deal primarily with damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Medical bills resulting from the crash can be extremely expensive, so this kind of compensation might be very important. Similarly, injured people often cannot go straight back to work after a delivery truck accident, and they need money in the meantime to cover their other expenses. Lost wage damages are important for these purposes. Pain and suffering is experienced in nearly any injury case, and these damages can be one of the highest areas of compensation in your case.
Most damages are classified as “economic” or “non-economic” damages. Economic damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages you can claim that have a price tag easily attached. For example, victims may need compensation for medical transportation, vehicle damage, childcare, and more. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering – which can more expansively cover any mental anguish or emotional distress related to the crash. Loss of enjoyment and other non-economic damages can also be claimed.
Call Our Arlington Amazon Delivery Truck Accident Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in an accident involving an Amazon delivery truck, call The Queenan Law Firm today. Set up a free case consultation with our Amazon delivery truck accident attorneys by calling (817) 476-1797 today.