What Washington Drivers Need to Know About Delivery Truck Crashes
During the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are staying home and taking advantage of delivery services. While being able to buy products online is a good thing, the increased number of delivery trucks on the street will most likely lead to more truck crashes. We already know based on reporting from news outlets that Amazon drivers are saying they’re overwhelmed and overworked during the pandemic, which is a near-guaranteed recipe for a surge in deadly truck wrecks.
Amazon Sales Are Surging, but the Company’s Safety Record Remains Questionable
Amazon, which is based in Seattle, has been doing so well lately that founder and CEO Jeff Bezos sold approximately $3 billion in stock in his company at the beginning of August. Additionally, Amazon’s online grocery sales tripled in the second quarter of 2020.
Amazon is known for convenience, product variety and fast shipping, but the company is also notorious for a careless attitude toward delivery crashes and drivers’ welfare. The company has been accused of pressuring drivers to meet deadlines, which in turn causes the drivers to act recklessly. Critics also say Amazon hires undertrained contractors and avoids responsibility for wrecks through a complex system of contracting.
From June of 2015 to the end of 2019, drivers who were delivering Amazon packages got into more than 60 crashes, which led to 13 deaths and many serious injuries. In one case, the company allegedly let a driver who had night blindness on the road without restrictions.
Even though Amazon drivers have caused injuries and deaths, the company avoids liability and claims it doesn’t pressure its drivers to go faster. Instead of taking responsibility, Amazon uses contracting relationships to shift responsibility to other companies and individual drivers.
Safety Is Required From Delivery Truck Drivers
If you’re driving a delivery truck in Washington, you have to give the right of way instead of assuming others will see you, brake and swerve. When you’re on the highway studies show that following too closely and speeding can actually save only a few minutes a day over a full day! It doesn’t make sense to push safety limits. You should make sure you use turn signals and check your mirrors before a turn. Never allow enough space between your vehicle and the curb to give following drivers the impression the curb lane is open. Be extra careful if you have to stop on an incline as your truck may rollback. Before starting make sure there is plenty of space behind the delivery truck and nothing is in your blind spots in case of inadvertent rollback.
Above all, remain vigilant when you’re in traffic and dealing with an urban environment. Don’t drive in a stressed, fatigued, or distracted condition.
Companies such as Amazon are not allowed to coerce drivers into driving unsafely. If you feel your dispatcher or job requirements are unreasonable or are forcing you to drive unsafely, you can go online to report the company.
If you see an Amazon delivery driver behaving recklessly, you should call 911 and then call Amazon at (844) 311-0406 to report the incident. The line is open 24/7. If you see a delivery driver from any other company driving dangerously, you should get in touch with the company to report the behavior. You can also call the FMCSA to report an unsafe driver or company; read our blog article on the subject to learn more.
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Hurt in a Crash? A Delivery Truck Crash Lawyer Can Help
Amazon is just one company delivering packages on our roads; almost every company that offers delivery services, from Shipt to FedEx, is seeing increasing volume during the pandemic. If you’re a Washington driver, you need to watch out for delivery trucks in order to protect yourself from getting into a crash. And if you’ve already been injured in a wreck, you should contact an experienced truck accident lawyer who can help you exercise your legal rights and potentially recover financial compensation.
Hiring an experienced truck accident lawyer will give you the best chance to get justice and compensation. Delivery truck crashes often lead to complex insurance claims, and it will be hard to file a claim or lawsuit without help from an experienced attorney.
For instance, what will you do if an Amazon delivery driver hits into you? Can you sue Amazon, or do you have to sue the contracting company who hired the driver? Will your claim cover the pain and suffering you have endured as well as your medical bills and lost wages? What if there were multiple vehicles involved in the crash?
By hiring an experienced delivery truck crash lawyer, you can get answers to these critical questions and many more. And instead of worrying about the claims process, settlement negotiations, and potential litigation, you’ll be able to focus on your medical treatment and your physical and emotional recovery process. Meanwhile, you’ll know that your case is being handled by an expert who has a track record of success handling these complex cases.
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Injured in a Truck Wreck? Morgan Adams Is Ready to Fight for You
If you’ve been injured in a delivery truck accident or other large vehicle crash, please call the Seattle Truck Law team at (866) 580-4878 or use our online contact form to set up your free initial consultation with our attorneys today. When you choose us to handle your case, you won’t pay any fees or expenses unless we get you compensation for your injuries.
Please don’t delay in contacting us. Time is of the essence in a personal injury case, and the sooner you contact our attorneys, the greater advantage we will have in gathering evidence, investigating your claim, and advocating on your behalf.
Gurley, L.K. (2020, July 1). Amazon Delivery Drivers Are Overwhelmed and Overworked by Covid-19 Surge. Vice. Retrieved from https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/m7j7mb/amazon-delivery-drivers-are-overwhelmed-and-overworked-by-covid-19-surge
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