With more people shopping online at Amazon, it is more common to see their trucks on the road making deliveries to businesses and residences. Unfortunately, this also increases the risk that you or a family member will be injured in an Amazon truck accident.
You are entitled to compensation for your injuries under Virginia law if the driver’s negligence caused the collision. However, your claim can be more complicated than with other types of truck accident cases because it can be more difficult to identify who is responsible to compensate you.
Why it Is Important to Pursue Your Claim for Compensation Against the Correct Parties
It is crucial that you identify the party who is liable to compensate you before filing your claim. Why is this important? If you seek compensation from the wrong party, they would not be responsible to pay you for your losses. In addition, you might wait too long to pursue your claim against the correct party and find that the deadline, referred to as the statute of limitations, to file your lawsuit expired.
Liable Parties in an Amazon Truck Collision
Depending on the cause of your accident and the trucker’s relationship with Amazon, more than one party may face liability. In this situation, you would want to file multiple claims simultaneously. Here are the likely suspects to pursue claims against in these collisions:
- Amazon. If the negligent trucker worked for Amazon, they would be liable to compensate you for your injuries. However, Amazon often contracts with other independent companies or truck drivers to deliver their goods. In that situation, they would not be responsible to pay you damages.
- Trucker. If the truck driver’s negligence was the cause of your injuries, you may be able to file a claim with their insurance company. If the driver is an independent contractor, they may have an Amazon Flex insurance policy that would provide up to $1 million in liability insurance company.
- Delivery company. If Amazon contracted with an independent delivery company that employed the truck driver, your claim should be filed with their insurance company, not Amazon’s.
- Maintenance company. If your accident was due to a lack of maintenance or faulty repairs, the work may have been performed by a truck maintenance company hired by Amazon or a third-party delivery company. They could be one of the multiple parties who face liability to pay you damages.
- Company who loaded the truck. If another company or individual loaded the Amazon truck, you can file a claim with their insurance company if the improper loading of the goods caused or contributed to your crash.
- Manufacturer. Some Amazon truck accidents are caused by defective parts. If this was true in your accident, you could have a product liability claim against the parts and truck manufacturer.
Were you injured in an Amazon truck accident? Was a loved one killed? Our experienced truck accident attorneys are here to explain your options and file claims with any negligent party responsible for compensating you. Call our Norfolk office today to schedule your free case evaluation to get started.