Our young client was extracted from her vehicle and taken for immediate surgery. The semi-truck driver testified that the accident was to due to our client’s distraction. We proved this testimony false by reconstructing a 16-camera video surveillance from the scene of the accident.
With all the packages being ordered online, and the rush to deliver them quickly, it’s no wonder that truck accidents involving Amazon have been increasing. Amazon drivers are under extreme time deadlines to get large numbers of packages delivered and are more apt to cut corners and make mistakes as they speed, make turns too quickly, or try to beat a light. Resulting accidents may leave victims facing long, painful recoveries, and mounting medical bills while they are unable to work.
If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in an accident with an Amazon truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit. However, lawsuits involving commercial trucks are complicated due to the federal and state laws involved, and Amazon and its insurers have a team of lawyers whose goal is to deny benefits and fight your lawsuit. To get the settlement you deserve, it helps to have an experienced truck accident lawyer to go up against them.
The Indiana Amazon truck lawyers at Stephenson Rife, LLP are fully prepared to deal with the complex laws and multiple parties and insurers involved with Amazon and other commercial vehicle accidents. We have the knowledge and resources to build a strong case to win a favorable verdict or settlement. We can take the burden off you by handling all legal hurdles, negotiations with insurance companies and their attorneys, and legal hurdles involved with getting you the settlement you deserve.
We won a $48.5 Million Truck Accident Case Settlement
To win this $48.5 million Truck Accident Case, we took more than 60 depositions in five different states. Because of Stephenson’s tireless advocacy, shortly before the trial was to commence, the defendants settled the case for $48.5 million.
Let us fight for you as well. We provide a free consultation to discuss the details of your accident and determine the best way to move forward. Call for your free, no-obligation case evaluation today at (317)-680-2350.
What to Do If an Amazon Truck Hits My Car
Take Action If Hit by an Amazon Truck
Amazon trucks are larger and heavier than passenger cars, so they can cause serious damage in an accident. After a crash, the steps you take will directly affect your case. If you are physically able to, take the following actions:
- Call 911, get police response, and ask for a police report.
- Take photos or videos to document the crash and damage to both vehicles.
- Obtain medical treatment and follow your doctor’s orders. You may think you are not hurt, but some serious injuries are difficult to spot right after the accident.
- Document your injuries and treatments you have received and how your injuries affect your life, your ability to work, and your relationships.
- Get legal help as soon as possible. Guidance from your own attorney will help protect your rights and keep you from making costly mistakes.
How a Lawyer for Amazon Truck Accidents Can Help
Amazon Has Lawyers — You Should Too.
The Stephenson Rife truck accident attorneys have extensive experience and know how to deal with and handle companies like Amazon, its insurers, and their lawyers. To fight for a fair settlement, we will:
- Meet with you to hear your version of what happened and determine if you have a valid lawsuit and what it should be worth.
- Investigate your case by examining the crash scene, interviewing eyewitnesses and first responders, and acquiring essential records.
- Gather evidence such as photos and videos from traffic cameras; police, ambulance, doctor, phone, and hospital records; and Amazon records.
- Hire experts to testify on your behalf, including accident reconstruction experts and life experts who can testify as to the extent and costs of your injuries, likely future care, and the physical and emotional effects of the accident.
- Negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement.
- Build your case and prepare it for trial if necessary.
We will be there for you throughout the process, handling all legal requirements, from filing pretrial motions, to discovery, to presenting evidence and making closing arguments, to filing an appeal. Call to get started today at (317) 680-2350.
How a Hit by Amazon Truck Lawsuit Works
Amazon Truck Accident Lawyers Must Prove Negligence
Amazon frequently hires outside delivery services, which they refer to as Delivery Service Partners (DSP), to deliver their packages. When the DSP drivers cause a truck crash, Amazon tries to claim that it is the DSP and not Amazon who is not responsible for the accident.
However, under the legal theory of “vicarious liability,” even if someone is not formally categorized as an “employee,” a company can be considered an “employer” and be held vicariously liable for the actions of a person the company controls.
The fact is that Amazon micromanages DSP drivers; provides 24/7 support; keeps a scorecard of each driver’s performance; requires drivers to wear Amazon uniforms; uses cameras to monitor drivers inside the vehicle; and monitors the vehicle’s speed, location, turns, and following distance. As a result, our attorneys can use this for evidence that Amazon is legally liable.
This is important, since Amazon has more assets than an individual driver or DSP would have and carries more insurance. Even if your claim exceeds the insurance policy maximum, Amazon can pay your damages. As a result, in an Amazon truck accident lawsuit, you would be suing the company first, as well as the driver and other negligent parties who may be defendants in the case.
In addition, Amazon drivers must maintain their insurance coverage if they use their vehicles for deliveries. According to Amazon’s website, Amazon supplies additional insurance coverage called the Amazon Commercial Auto Insurance Policy.
As in any truck accident case, to win your Amazon case it is necessary to prove the defendants were negligent and at fault. To prove this legally, our attorneys must show the existence of the following elements:
- Duty – The defendant owed you a duty of care not to cause harm.
- Breach – The defendant breached that duty by acting or failing to act.
- Cause – This action or failure to act caused a crash and your injuries.
- Damages – You suffered damages, monetary or otherwise, as a result.
Depending on the circumstances, liable parties in addition to Amazon and the unsafe driver who hit you may include:
- Other negligent drivers who may have been involved
- Supervisors who failed to properly train and supervise drivers or failed to take actions if a driver exhibited unsafe practices
- The manufacturer of the truck or its equipment or parts, if these failed and caused the accident
- The mechanic responsible for maintaining the truck
- The government entity or road repair company responsible for maintaining the road, if poor road conditions caused the crash.
Any or all of these parties may be found negligent and at fault for contributing to the accident, and our attorneys would look to identify all of them, as they all may have insurance and assets that can go toward a settlement award.
Damage Awards Our Amazon Truck Accident Lawyers May Win
In a successful Amazon lawsuit, our attorneys may win an award that covers your compensatory damages. In Indiana, this includes both your economic or financial losses and costs which can be calculated, and your non-monetary damages that do not have a specific dollar value but negatively impact your life. These may include:
- Medical and rehabilitative bills and equipment
- Costs of continuing care
- Lost wages and future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Permanent disability
- Disfigurement and permanent scarring
- Loss of consortium and quality and enjoyment of life.
In some rare cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish negligent parties for willful negligence or especially egregious behavior, and to act as a deterrent for similar misconduct in the future.
The amounts of damages you may be awarded vary greatly, depending on the circumstances of the case. In general, if your injuries involve permanent damage and require long-term care, or if a death is involved, it may result in a higher settlement that could range into the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. If there are multiple parties at fault and they all have insurance and assets, the settlement may be higher.
Call Our Lawyers for Accidents With an Amazon Truck
Amazon truck accidents, along with other truck and delivery truck accidents, require extensive investigation and experience, so contact our commercial trucking accident lawyers as soon as possible if an Amazon truck hits your car.
At Stephenson Rife, we pursue positive results, no matter what legal challenge your case involves. We provide caring, confident and cost-effective service you can count on, which is why we are the law firm that other law firms consult.
Don’t delay, as it takes time to investigate and build your case, and there are time limits for filing, which is generally two years from the date of the accident for personal injury cases (Indiana code section 34-11-2-4 (1). Find out what we can do for you by calling (317) 680-2501 for your free consultation. We work on a contingency basis, which means there are no fees to you unless and until we win your case, so call us today.
Attorney Mike Stephenson
Attorney Mike Stephenson has 40 years of experience and is a trusted advisor to many individuals and companies. His current practice is dominated by civil litigation in state and federal courts. He focuses much of his time on handling catastrophic injuries caused by all types of accidents, including motor vehicle, trucking, workplace injuries, product liability, just to name a few. Mike is a proven advocate and trial attorney. He has served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 civil jury trials, and has handled litigation in 18 states. [ Attorney Bio ]