Amazon’s shipping operations are growing fast. It is recruiting nationally for drivers to deliver locally, intrastate and interstate. Amazon Logistics, the Amazon “Delivery Service Partner “(DSP) program, the Amazon Freight Partners program (AFP), Amazon Flex, and Amazon Prime are just some of the names of various Amazon businesses that make up its transportation network.
In 2021 Amazon announced it was is poised to become the largest U.S. package delivery service by the end of 2022, overtaking rivals UPS and FedEx. Bank of America stock analysts opined that Amazon delivered 58% of its own packages in 2019, making it the fourth-largest delivery service nationwide. By August of 2021 it was delivering 66% of its own packages.
But deliveries are not always made by safe drivers. In 2015 there were more than 60 major accidents involving Amazon delivery contractors that resulted in serious injuries, including 10 deaths. That tally may well understate the accidents that have occurred.
Amazon regularly argues it is not responsible for its independent contractors. If the drivers are not actually employees, Amazon says they are not liable for partner drivers mistakes. And they make that argument even when Amazon’s rules govern everything from drivers’ social media presence to how many packages they’re expected to deliver and in which order. Drivers often wear Amazon uniforms, drive vans with the Amazon logo, have cameras in their vehicles that monitor driving activity and provide audible corrective feedback through companies like Netradyne, and are directed on their route by Amazon’s proprietary mapping software – but Amazon denies responsibility. If you, or a loved one, are hurt, or a family member is killed, by Amazon trucking negligence you need a law firm and a lawyer who can take on Amazon. Walkup Melodia Kelly and Schoenberger know how to successfully prosecute Amazon trucking cases.
Why Choose Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger?
- At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our dedicated team has been helping individuals recover compensation after trucking accidents for more than 60 years.
- We have a thorough understanding of how Amazon works on the transportation side, trains its people, brokers its loads and defends its cases. We know how to recover compensation from aggressive insurance carriers, delivery companies, and Amazon’s contractors.
- Our team handles Amazon delivery truck accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients do not pay a dime in legal fees until after we recover the compensation they need.
How Will an Amazon Trucking Accident Lawyer Help Your Claim?
A skilled and experienced trucking accident lawyer who understands Amazon’s local, intrastate and interstate Amazon business is key to proving that Amazon is responsible for the conduct of its drivers.
At Walkup we use our resources to investigate, analyze and prepare every aspect of claims on behalf of our clients in Amazon trucking cases. This includes conducting a thorough and complete investigation into the crash, going to the scene, viewing the vehicles, collecting physical evidence, gathering GPS data and onboard video recordings, and interviewing witnesses. Our Amazon team members hire engineering experts, trucking industry experts, medical and economic experts who can prove your case and properly calculate total expected losses for your claims. Walkup Law Firm trucking accident lawyers fully prepare to take these claims to trial while also working to negotiate a fair settlement throughout the entire process.
Amazon Trucking Partners And Affiliates: Hurdles To Recovering Compensation After a Crash
Amazon transportation and delivery truck accident cases are complicated because Amazon will do everything in its power to avoid liability and to avoid paying in these situations. In fact, that is one of the main reasons that Amazon uses various programs including ASP, DFP and the “Flex” driver programs. Amazon seeks to characterizer these drivers and operators as non-employees — even though Amazon often controls schedules, routes and the safety rules for the drivers on the roads. We work with lawyers across the country. Court decisions in some states have now held that because Amazon micromanages drivers it can be liable for accidents caused by them. This is important especially in the case of significant injury or death where financial losses are high. We are currently litigating cases where Amazon claims it is not responsible for major injuries and deaths caused by so-called contractors. If you or a loved one are involved in an Amazon truck-related injury or fatality you need a law firm with California state court experience in holding Amazon liable for its contractors wrong-doing.
Amazon contractors do have insurance – in most cases up to $1 million for each incident. However, in many cases that is not enough when a life is taken or a lifetime of earnings is destroyed. It is often critical that your lawyers understand how to hold Amazon liable for damages that exceed those limits if it is the only way seriously injured people can be fully compensated.
Call a California Amazon Truck Accident Law Firm Today
If you, a family member or somebody you care about has been injured or sustained fatal injuries after a highway or roadway crash with an Amazon delivery vehicle, semi-tractor or partner delivery company, hire a law firm with experience, resources and a track record of success. Reach out to the team at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger today. We know the playbook against Amazon. We have extensive experience helping clients who have sustained injuries in trucking accidents throughout California. We will make sure you recover the compensation you are entitled to. When you need an Amazon delivery accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation at any time by calling our team at (415) 889-2919.