What To Do If an Amazon Truck Hits Your Car
When an Amazon truck hits your car, there are several steps you should take. Even if you don’t think you’ve been hurt all that bad after a crash with an Amazon truck, you should go to an urgent care center and get checked out. Sometimes serious symptoms can arise hours or days later. If you’re wondering what to do if an Amazon truck hits your car, here are 7 steps:
- Call 911 and seek medical attention right away.
- Ask the delivery driver for his driver’s license and write down critical information.
- Answer police officers’ questions, but don’t over explain.
- Take pictures with your cell phone of your injuries, the accident scene, and damage to both vehicles.
- Get the names and contact info of eyewitnesses to the crash.
- Say as little as possible to the delivery truck driver and do not admit fault for the accident.
- Hire a skilled delivery truck accident lawyer to represent you.
The steps you take in the minutes after a crash can make all the difference in whether you will have a successful claim for damages going forward.
Why Choose Us
Choosing the right Amazon delivery truck accident lawyer is an important decision. You want to choose an attorney with a great deal of skill, experience, and commitment. Attorneys Isaac Tyroler and Rachel Sperling Leonard will fight aggressively on your behalf. We are compassionate and caring with clients because we know that many have been through difficult experiences. But we can be tough on opponents when necessary. We are aggressive negotiators and fierce litigators. We take each case personally and are entirely focused on getting our clients the justice they deserve. We are not afraid to battle insurance companies to get a favorable settlement, and we are willing to take a case to trial if an insurance company doesn’t negotiate in good faith. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for every client. We have achieved outstanding case results, and our client testimonials speak volumes about the quality of our legal services.
How We Can Help
At Tyroler Leonard Injury Law, we are focused on building a strong legal claim that results in the highest payout possible. Our efforts include:
- Gathering evidence
- Investigating the crash scene
- Interviewing witnesses
- Collecting medical records and tests
- Reviewing police reports
- Preparing you for deposition
- Hiring expert witnesses, if needed
- Negotiating aggressively with insurance companies
- Litigating your case before a jury, if necessary
At Tyroler Leonard Injury Law, you will never be alone. We are here for you, now and in the future.
Can You Sue Amazon If a Delivery Truck Driver Hits Your Car?
Depending on a driver’s relationship with Amazon, an injury victim may be able to sue Amazon for damages suffered when a delivery truck collides with their vehicle. It depends on whether the delivery truck driver is directly employed by Amazon or is employed by another, third-party delivery company that Amazon has contracted with. This distinction is important. If the driver was not directly employed by Amazon, you may still have a successful claim against the independent delivery provider.
According to a report by CNBC, nearly one in five Amazon delivery drivers suffered injuries in 2021, a 40% increase in injuries over the previous year. Some of these included collisions with other drivers. Amazon relies on an expanding network of third-party contract delivery companies to carry packages to consumers, but sometimes safety is sacrificed to ensure speed and meet punishing quotas, according to a study by Strategic Organizing Center, a coalition of labor unions. There are more than 2,000 carriers in Amazon’s outsourced delivery system.
Your skilled personal injury lawyer can find out the exact employment status of the driver who hit you while driving an Amazon delivery vehicle. Then your lawyer can advise you about next steps.
Minnesota Modified Comparative Negligence Rules
Minnesota follows a rule known as “modified comparative negligence.” This means the law understands that in many situations, more than one person can be at fault for an accidental injury. A court will determine the amount of fault that belongs to each party based on the facts in the case. As long as your portion of fault is less than 50%, you could be entitled to collect certain damages.
For example, suppose you’re driving down a busy street and glide past the line on the pavement at a stop sign before stopping, resulting in the nose of your car protruding into the intersection. Now, let’s say a speeding car to your left runs their stop sign and collides with the front end of your car. A court could decide that you are 10% at fault for the accident, and the other driver is 90% at fault. Let’s say the total damages for the accident are calculated to be $300,000. Under Minnesota’s comparative fault rule, 10% (the percentage of fault assigned to you) will be subtracted from that $300,000. This means you will collect 90% of the total, or $270,000.
If you have additional questions about how modified comparative fault rules impact your case, talk to a skilled Minneapolis truck accident lawyer at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law. Call us for a free consultation at 651-259-1113.
Are Amazon Drivers Responsible for Accidents?
When an Amazon delivery truck driver is reckless or negligent, danger can arise for other motorists on the road. In a split second, tragedy can occur. Amazon truck crashes can be caused by:
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failure to follow rules of the road
- Distracted driving (talking on the phone, texting, etc.)
- Inadequate driver training
- Roadside construction, hazards, and debris
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Trucks with manufacturer defects
- Bad weather including ice, sleet, and snow
These are just of few of the many potential causes of Amazon delivery truck crashes.
Damages You May Be Entitled To
If you are legally allowed to sue Amazon and are successful, you may be entitled to a variety of economic and non-economic damages. These include:
PERSONAL INJURY CASES
- Medical bills
- Future medical care
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Scarring and disfigurement
WRONGFUL DEATH CASES
If your loved one died after a crash with an Amazon delivery truck, you may be able to recover the damages listed above plus additional compensation. While money will never fully compensate for the loved one you lost, it can help provide for a spouse, children, and others in the future.
Wrongful death damages also include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost support and income
- Lost counsel, guidance, and aid that would have been given
- Loss of advice, comfort, assistance, companionship, and protection the deceased person would have provided
Statute of Limitations for Amazon Delivery Truck Accidents
In most cases, the statute of limitations for an Amazon delivery truck accident injury claim is six years in Minnesota. (Minnesota Statutes section 541.05). The “clock” starts on the day the injury occurred. There are a few scenarios in which the clock on the statute of limitations may be delayed. These include:
- If the injured person is younger than 18, then the statute does not run until the later of 6 years or the person turns 19 years old.
- If the injured person is legally insane, the clock won’t start until the period of legal disability is over (mental competence is restored). However, this filing deadline will not be extended beyond five (5) years, and once sanity is restored, the lawsuit must be filed within one (1) year. (Minnesota Statutes section 541.15.)
Don’t miss your opportunity to recover financial compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered. The clock is ticking. Contact a personal injury lawyer today!
A Delivery Truck Accident Lawyer Who Will Fight for You
If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with an Amazon delivery truck, you may be able to collect financial damages. The law is complex in the case of Amazon, because the company outsources many of its delivery routes to third-party, independent delivery partners. Depending on who the driver is employed by, you may have a claim against Amazon, or you may be able to sue the third-party partner. The best way to determine your legal options is to speak to a truck accident lawyer at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law.
We have many years of experience representing the rights of accident victims, and we feel deep compassion for individuals who have been hurt, often through no fault of their own. Let us put the law to work for you. We have deep knowledge of statutes, case law, and legal opinions that can support your claim. Call us for a free consultation at 651-259-1113.