The population of Amazon trucks has increased drastically as more people in Manhattan Beach have taken advantage of the retail giant's ease of shopping. Unfortunately, this increased population comes with an increased risk of getting into an Amazon delivery accident.
This risk is not really because more vehicles are entering into the ecommerce giant's delivery network. Instead, the chances of accidents are high because of the immense pressure Amazon puts on drivers to make timely deliveries. This article discusses what you need to know about Amazon delivery accidents and how an Amazon delivery accident lawyer in Manhattan Beach can help you.
If you live in the United States (or any part of the world, really) and have shopped online, you have undoubtedly heard of Amazon Prime. This is Amazon's delivery network that offers two-day delivery on most products and free one-day shipping for millions of products. Also, you will most likely have heard of Amazon Flex, the app the e-commerce giant created to hire drivers as independent contractors in their network.
Additionally, you may have heard of Amazon Fresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service for Whole Foods. These services provide fantastic options for the average online customer who only has to click a button to get what they need in record time. The e-commerce giant has a standard of 999 on-time deliveries out of 1,000 for every driver.
This standard essentially means that every Amazon driver must have a 99.9% on-time delivery rate or lose out on bonuses, get reprimanded, or even lose their jobs. The problem with this type of expectation is that it places undue pressure on drivers to meet fulfillment, causing them to take unnecessary risks and violate traffic rules and regulations to make their deliveries. Some of these risks are:
Amazon is the world’s largest retailer outside China, with a multi-level operation model. Oftentimes, Amazon delivery truck drivers are not direct employees of the retail giant. Instead, they are either independent drivers or employees of third-party delivery companies.
For this reason, determining liability when you sustain injuries in an Amazon delivery accident can be daunting. If the driver was an Amazon Prime driver or Amazon Flex driver, the chances are that Amazon itself will not consider them as employees.
This is because most Amazon Prime drivers are employees of third-party logistics companies, while Amazon Flex drivers typically use their own cars. So if you were injured in an accident involving drivers from either of these categories, Amazon might not be liable for the accident.
Amazon Fresh drivers are the only category of drivers that the company acknowledges as direct employees. As a result, Amazon has a $1,000,000 accident liability policy for this group of people.
Thus, depending on the specifics of your case, you may hold any of the following parties responsible:
Our expert Amazon delivery accident lawyers in Manhattan Beach can help you determine the liable parties for your injury. We can also help you to recover maximum damages for your injuries through negotiations and fighting it out in court if needed. So often, liable companies in Amazon delivery accidents attempt to wriggle out of doing right by accident victims. They do so either by offering insultingly low-ball settlements or denying liability altogether. Fortunately, our Amazon delivery accident lawyers are skilled at rebuffing these underhanded tactics and getting a fair settlement for our clients.
What's more? Our services are entirely on a contingency basis, meaning that you do not pay us out-of-pocket. Instead, you pay us out of the settlement amount you get when we win and recover damages for you. You pay us nothing if we do not win (which is highly unlikely!). So, contact us for a free consultation, and let’s get started!