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I Suffered An Injury By An Amazon Driver. What are My Rights?

Posted on September 19, 2023 in Car Accidents

Katy Car Crash LawyerYou have certain rights under the law when injured in an accident caused by an Amazon delivery driver. In Texas, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Contact an experienced personal injury attorney if you have been injured in an Amazon delivery accident. An attorney can help you investigate the accident, gather evidence, and negotiate a fair and favorable settlement on your behalf.

Who is Liable for an Amazon Delivery Accident?

Amazon has three primary vehicle types:

  • Amazon delivery vans

  • Amazon Prime semi-trucks

  • Amazon Flex cars, which are a driver’s personal vehicle

So long as the driver was on duty when the accident occurred it should be covered by a commercial insurance policy. However, the insurance coverage will differ depending on the type of vehicle involved in the accident.

Amazon is responsible for the actions of its delivery drivers if the drivers are acting within the scope of their employment. A driver on the job and making deliveries for Amazon when the accident occurs can mean Amazon is liable.

However, Amazon classifies many of its delivery drivers, such as Amazon Flex drivers, as independent contractors rather than employees. This means that Amazon may try to avoid liability for accidents caused by these drivers. This may then force Amazon Flex drivers to use their personal insurance coverage following a crash. 

The more influence Amazon has over Flex drivers, the more likely the courts will consider them as employees. This can then mean Amazon may be held liable, regardless of its attempts to prevent this outcome.

In addition, Amazon often uses other third-party partners for the shipping and logistics of their packages. This makes insurance coverage policies less straightforward than they are with Amazon Flex drivers. Thankfully, Amazon requires that all third-party partners maintain auto insurance for their drivers. You can then file a claim with the company’s liability insurer for injuries that resulted from that company’s vehicles.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Lawsuit?

The statute of limitations for Texas personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of the accident. If you fail to file a lawsuit within this time period, you will lose your right to do so.

Contact a Fort Bend County, TX Personal Injury Attorney

Vehicle collisions can easily cause serious personal injuries and those injuries deserve compensation. Do not allow a giant corporation like Amazon to shirk its liabilities. A Katy, TX Amazon delivery accidents attorney like Sherman Hatton Jr. is ready to go to bat for your claims. Contact The Hatton Law Firm PLLC at 713-840-6344 to set up a consultation and learn how we will strive to get you the compensation you deserve.

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