Victims of delivery truck accidents can face a wide range of serious injuries. Often, Amazon delivery drivers are in a hurry to deliver large numbers of packages, so their vehicles are often heavy and going fast. This can exacerbate the damage that results from these crashes and leave victims worse off when compared to other types of auto accidents.
Getting help from an experienced injury attorney is essential in these types of cases. Often, the level of injury victims face in these accidents means that the damages are quite high, and you should never leave such high damages to the whims of auto insurance companies. Instead, you should work with an experienced lawyer who can help you get maximum compensation for your injuries.
For a free case review with the Amazon delivery truck accident attorneys at Howe Law, act quickly and call us at (844) 876-4357.
Common Injuries for Amazon Delivery Truck Accident Victims in Gadsden, AL
Victims of any car accident can receive a very wide range of injuries, from cuts and scrapes to life-altering paralysis and anything in between. In many accident cases, the bigger the vehicle that hits you, the more severe the injuries are. Amazon delivery trucks are often large fleet vans, potentially carrying orders for hundreds or thousands of customers in one truck. As such, this alone means that people who are hit by these trucks can suffer injuries on the more severe end of this range of injuries.
As mentioned, paralysis is a potential injury from one of these accidents. Our Amazon delivery truck accident lawyers can help victims who face serious back, neck, and spinal injuries that lead to paralysis. We can also help with cases of traumatic brain injury and other life-altering injuries.
Although still serious, broken bones – including broken ribs – are somewhat less severe injuries. Even so, these injuries can keep you out of work for a prolonged period and result in expensive medical bills.
As we decrease further in severity, we potentially also increase in the number of injuries. Minor cuts and scraps are not too serious as individual injuries, but when combined with other injuries, you could face substantial effects. Additionally, if you face dozens of medium-sized cuts or hundreds of small cuts from broken glass and debris, that collectively results in severe harm.
All in all, there are many other potential injuries you could suffer in a delivery truck accident, and you should consider speaking with a lawyer instead of seeking damages through insurance alone.
Settling Through Insurance Vs. Suing in Court for Delivery Truck Accident Injuries Caused by Amazon
Auto insurance is usually in place to protect the driver who causes an accident. As such, when you claim damages from the Amazon delivery truck driver’s insurance, you are beholden to the decisions their insurance company makes about who is at fault and how much your injuries are worth. Often, those insurance carriers will lean into Alabama’s contributory negligence rules to say that even a small portion of shared fault on your part should mean that you receive nothing in your case. To overcome these biases, you often have to go to court to seek compensation for an injury.
When you take your case to a court of law with the help of our attorneys, you can receive maximum compensation for your injuries. Not only is the question of fault decided by a neutral jury, but that jury also decides how much your injury is worth. This means that it is up to them, not the insurance company, to decide how much you are owed.
In court, our lawyers can present evidence of what happened and support our claim for damages with evidence of how much your medical bills cost and further estimates of what your pain and suffering damages are worth.
At the end of the day, the insurance company could still settle your case as an out-of-court settlement even after your lawsuit has already been filed. In that case, they might offer higher compensation. While the initial insurance offer is unlikely to cover your needs in full, a negotiated settlement offer might. Talk to a lawyer about your options in any case so as to avoid settling for a low offer.
Is Amazon Directly Liable for Amazon Delivery Truck Accidents in Gadsden, AL?
Amazon has millions of employees working day and night to bring people their deliveries, but very few of those direct employees are truck drivers or delivery drivers. Instead, Amazon often hires its delivery or “fulfillment” drivers as independent contractors. Alternatively, many of them work for third-party companies that are contracted with Amazon to make deliveries.
What this means is that Amazon is not usually the employer of the driver who hit you in an Amazon delivery truck accident case. While you can often hold the employer of a commercial driver responsible for an accident, that employer is likely to be some other smaller delivery company, or the driver might be a self-employed contractor.
In any case, this often means that Amazon cannot be reached in a lawsuit against their driver. However, the driver should still have auto insurance and commercial driver insurance to cover accidents they cause while making deliveries. Additionally, any delivery company they do work for can be sued for mistakes the driver makes while working for them and should have its own insurance to cover your needs.
If you have any doubts about what entities or drivers are at fault for your accident, our attorneys can help you determine who you should sue and what damages they might be able to cover. In many cases, going after larger delivery companies is better because they are more able to pay than an individual delivery driver, who might not have much by way of assets and funds to cover your injuries.
Call Our Gadsden, AL Amazon Delivery Truck Accident and Injury Lawyers Today
For a free case review after an accident, call the Amazon delivery truck accident attorneys at Howe Law by dialing (844) 876-4357.