Amazon is the world’s biggest retailer, and throughout the country, the company’s delivery trucks are seen just about everywhere. People all over receive Amazon deliveries daily, and most drivers see their large delivery trucks regularly on local roads. The sheer number of trucks on the road can lead to more collisions. In the event you experience a motor vehicle accident involving one of Amazon’s delivery trucks, it’s vital to know your options for legal recourse and the value of experienced legal counsel on your side.
The first steps you take after any vehicle accident have profound effects on your ultimate recovery. Under Colorado law, you have the right to seek full compensation, but this process can be complex, even in a seemingly straightforward accident case. When it comes to accidents involving drivers employed by large corporations like Amazon, you are likely to face an even more challenging series of legal proceedings to secure the compensation you legally deserve.
Best First Steps After an Amazon Truck Accident
The initial aftermath of any vehicle accident can be stressful and traumatic, but if you remember to do a few things, you can significantly increase the possibility of maximizing your recovery. First, only move if you feel safe doing so. If you were severely injured, you should call police emergency services (911) or wait for first responders to arrive. Do not risk making your injuries worse by trying to move around while in pain. However, if you are able to do so, check on the others involved and start taking photographs of the scene.
You should try to take pictures of your injuries, the vehicle damage, and the locations of the vehicles involved. These photos can potentially prove crucial in establishing liability for the accident, proving which driver is actually responsible for causing the collision.
Make sure you report the accident to the police. If no one else has already done so, call 911 and report the accident, and then wait for the police to arrive. When police get to the scene, they will ask you questions; make sure you say anything they could interpret as admitting guilt. Instead, answer their questions honestly and concisely but choose your words carefully. Once they allow you to leave, seek medical care immediately; this is important even if you only feel like you suffered minor injuries.
Once you have addressed your immediate medical concerns, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Resolving your Amazon delivery truck accident is likely to require an auto insurance claim followed by a personal injury case against the driver who hit you. Working with legal counsel you can trust significantly improves your chances of reaching the best possible results of these legal efforts. In addition, you have a very limited time in which to file your insurance claim, so once your medical condition is stable, seek legal counsel you can trust right away.
Q: Is Amazon Liable When Their Delivery Driver Causes an Accident?
A: Amazon not only employs many delivery truck drivers directly, but the company also contracts third-party delivery service providers to ship orders to customers. If an Amazon delivery truck driver hit your vehicle while the driver was on duty, it’s likely that Amazon is liable. However, if the driver was off-duty, the company is likely to deny fault and you may need to file your auto insurance claim against the driver’s personal insurance policy.
Q: How Much Compensation Can I Claim for an Amazon Delivery Truck Accident?
A: The total value of any vehicle accident claim depends on the scope of the damages caused by the at-fault driver. Your recovery may begin with an auto insurance claim against the at-fault driver, but if their insurance cannot fully compensate your losses you will need to file a personal injury case, too. Your attorney can help recover compensation for your vehicle repair costs, medical expenses, lost income, and the pain and suffering you experienced.
Q: What Happens When I’m Partially at Fault for an Amazon Delivery Truck Accident?
A: If you share liability for your recent accident, the state’s modified comparative negligence law comes into effect, and you will lose a portion of your recovery. The judge overseeing your case will assign you a fault percentage to reflect your level of fault. This percentage is then deducted from your total compensation. For example, 30% fault would mean losing 30% of the total compensation you secure from the defendant. In addition, any fault over 50% negates your right to file a suit against the defendant.
Q: Do I Really Need to Hire an Attorney for an Amazon Delivery Truck Accident?
A: Recovering from an accident with an Amazon delivery truck driver could entail a complex insurance claim followed by a personal injury suit, and you have the best chance of success with both of these recovery options when you have experienced legal counsel assisting you. Your attorney will make every aspect of the recovery process easier to handle and more likely to yield the results you hope to see.
Q: How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
A: Most Colorado personal injury attorneys offer to handle client cases on a contingency fee basis. This means the client won’t have to pay upfront or ongoing legal fees for representation. Instead, they pay their attorney a portion of the final award they obtain, but only if they win their case. If the attorney is unable to secure compensation on their behalf, the client pays nothing. This eliminates any financial risk of hiring a professional legal representative for a personal injury case.
Get Help with Your Amazon Delivery Truck Accident Today
The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal has extensive experience with all types of motor vehicle accident claims, including those that involve difficult insurance claims and extensive damages. If you were injured by the negligence or misconduct of an Amazon delivery truck driver, we can help you recover. Contact us today and schedule a consultation with our team.