For many people, daily life depends on deliveries from Amazon and other online retailers. In order to keep up with the demand for products that are delivered quickly, Amazon employs thousands upon thousands of independently contracted delivery drivers to bring packages to people all over Arkansas. Like all other vehicles on the road, the risk of accidents involving these delivery vehicles is always present. However, with productivity requirements that force drivers to operate at a fast rate, accidents become even more likely.
Fortunately, Fayetteville Amazon delivery truck accident lawyer Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, is available in the event of such an accident. With years of experience winning cases that involve different types of liability, Ken Kieklak is prepared to fight for the compensation that clients deserve. Contact the office of Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, to learn more about how he can help you win your lawsuit against an Amazon delivery driver in Fayetteville. Call (479) 316-0438 to set up your free consultation.
Determining Liability in an Amazon Delivery Truck Accident
In accidents involving Amazon delivery trucks, determining who is liable for the accident is usually more complicated than you might expect. Even if the driver of the delivery truck is entirely responsible for the accident, Amazon itself is not likely to be held responsible for the accident.
In many cities, Amazon employs privately owned third-party contractors to deliver packages from Amazon warehouses to people’s homes. These delivery contractors often use their own vans and trucks to make deliveries. If Amazon does not own the vehicle involved in the accident and the driver that caused it is not technically employed by Amazon, then the company cannot be held responsible.
However, there are exceptions. Amazon is subject to the rules and standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which sets limits on aspects of delivery company operations, including the weight their drivers can haul and the number of hours employees can work, along with establishing requirements for employee alcohol and drug testing and the overall health of drivers. If it can be shown that Amazon violated safety standards set by the FMCSA, then there’s a chance Amazon may be held partially responsible.
If it can be demonstrated that an independently contracted driver of an Amazon truck violated the rules set by the FMCSA, the victim may be able to file claims against both the delivery contractor and their contractual employer, which in this case would be Amazon. This can result in additional punitive damages for the victim.
Common Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents
As with any other vehicle, accidents involving Amazon delivery trucks can happen through the fault of the driver. However, given the high expectations placed on Amazon truck drivers, these vehicles may be especially susceptible to involvement in accidents.
An accident with an Amazon delivery truck may be caused if the driver breaches their duty to drive safely. Behaviors that can put the driver at fault include distracted driving (including driving while texting, applying makeup, eating, or any other activity that takes the driver’s attention off the road) and failing to follow traffic laws by speeding, ignoring red lights and stop signs, ignoring yield signs, changing lanes in an improper way, and failing to account for extreme weather conditions.
Amazon drivers are expected to make many deliveries within a short amount of time, however. These demands can make them more likely to be involved in accidents. For example, a long list of deliveries that must be made within a short amount of time can lead drivers to speed or break traffic laws to save time, which increases the risk of accidents. Amazon delivery drivers may also be required to work long hours to meet their quotas, which may make them fatigued and more likely to get into an accident.
Amazon delivery trucks may also be overloaded to reduce the number of trips to and from the warehouse. An overloaded truck may have unevenly distributed weight, which makes it more likely to roll over.
How a Lawyer Can Help Your Amazon Delivery Truck Case
If you have been involved in an accident with an Amazon delivery truck, seek the assistance of an attorney immediately. An experienced lawyer will be able to help you determine liability, then build a case to recover compensation for damages you’ve suffered because of your injury.
For example, an attorney can investigate the details of your case to determine who was at fault. In many cases, the driver of the Amazon delivery truck will be liable for the accident if they work for an independent contractor. In other cases, the owner of the vehicle will be held responsible if the accident happened as a result of improper maintenance.
It may also be possible that the accident happened because the vehicle was improperly loaded, in which case the warehouse’s loading department may be responsible. No matter the circumstances surrounding your case, Fayetteville delivery truck accident lawyer Ken Kieklak can help you file a lawsuit.
Fayetteville Lawyer Available for Amazon Delivery Truck Accidents
Amazon trucks make deliveries to homes all over Fayetteville every day of the week. The risk of an accident with one of these trucks is present every time you’re on the road. Be aware of the legal help available in case of an accident with an Amazon delivery truck. Contact Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, to learn more about how you can pursue justice and hold the responsible parties accountable for the damage they’ve done. Call (479) 316-0438 to set up your free and private consultation today.