Amazon delivers millions of packages across the United States every day. With that many deliveries going on, it is virtually inevitable that accidents with Amazon delivery vans, trucks, and other vehicles will take place. In any kind of accident with an Amazon vehicle, you could get seriously injured and end up burdened with enormous medical expenses and a long physical recovery. The last thing you want to worry about after a serious Amazon delivery vehicle accident is what happens next.
Our lawyers are here to help. We are able to interview witnesses plus other relevant parties, gather evidence and information, and prepare an argument on your behalf to take to court and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Get a free initial consultation when you talk to Howe Law’s Amazon delivery vehicle accident lawyers at (844) 876-4357.
The Process of an Amazon Delivery Truck Accident Lawsuit in Sandy Springs, AL
Lawsuits have many steps that happen long before a jury hears a case in a courtroom. Lawsuits for Amazon delivery vehicle accidents take extensive planning to be successful. This will serve as your guide to the basic steps of Amazon delivery vehicle accident lawsuits.
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The first step in any lawsuit is for a plaintiff to retain counsel. While you speak with our lawyers, we can start to get more information about the facts of the case and decide on whom you should sue. It is very important that you sue the correct party because if you do not, you likely cannot recover any damages in court. Chances are, the correct party to sue is somebody other than Amazon. This is because Amazon does not directly employ its drivers and, therefore, cannot be liable for their conduct under the law.
One of the lengthiest parts of the legal process is something called discovery. Discovery is the exchange of information between the opposing parties of a lawsuit. The amount of information that each side will ask for is truly immense. Additionally, depositions – a process where lawyers for both sides get to talk to you and any witnesses or other trial participants to obtain information – will take place during discovery.
It is common for the discovery process to take a very long time in an Amazon delivery truck accident lawsuit. Sometimes it can take years.
If both parties have not come to a settlement after discovery is over, the case finally goes to trial. This is where evidence and arguments are presented before the judge and jury. Because of the extensive preparation that goes into a lawsuit before it gets to trial, there are rarely surprises like those seen on tv dramas depicting trials.
If successful, the jury will return a verdict in your favor as well as the amount of damages you are being awarded.
Damages You Could Recover from an Amazon Delivery Truck Accident Lawsuit in Sandy Springs, AL
Generally, damages are divided into three categories: economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
Damages in Amazon delivery truck accident lawsuits are there to compensate the plaintiff for their injuries. In other words, they are to situate the plaintiff in a similar position to before their injuries. For example, medical bills could cost a lot, so awarding the plaintiff damages for those bills puts them back in the condition they were in before the accident. On the other hand, sometimes a plaintiff’s injuries are such that they cannot literally be the same as they were before they were injured. In those cases, damages are a financial substitute for putting the plaintiff back to where they were before the accident.
Things with physical evidence of their worth factor into economic damages. Items like bills for hospital stays, costs of medical procedures, and payments for physical therapy will fall under the umbrella of economic damages.
Additionally, lost wages and earning potential also fall under economic damages. If you had to take time off work to recover from your injuries, you can be compensated based on income you would have earned had you been working and not recovering from injuries. Also, if you had to take a less well-paying job because of your injuries or had to quit working altogether, you can be compensated for the difference in income between your old and new job or the future earnings you might have had if you could continue to work, respectively.
Things that do not have actual monetary value fall under this category. These damages are not based on things with costs, invoices, or bills. Common examples of this type of damages include mental anguish, loss of consortium, and physical pain.
Non-economic damages are going to be different for each plaintiff. Since the pain felt from an injury is going to vary from person to person, so too will their pain and suffering damages.
There are no bills or receipts supporting a value for non-economic damages. For that reason, you and our lawyers will have to decide on an amount to ask for and then successfully argue for it in court.
In contrast to economic and non-economic damages, which are based on the experience of the plaintiff, punitive damages are based on the actions of the defendant. Punitive damages exist to punish the worst behaving defendants for their especially bad behavior. The idea is to send a message that the defendant’s behavior is absolutely unacceptable. Courts rarely award punitive damages, so you and our lawyers will have to make a particularly convincing argument to be awarded them.
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