AMAZON TRUCK DRIVER HIT MELast updated on: February 17, 2022
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Many people take advantage of Amazon deliveries to get the things they need without ever stepping foot outside of their homes. However, this convenience comes with a downside. To meet the demand of getting all of the packages where they need to be, Amazon employs a fleet of drivers who often work in hectic conditions to meet the goals set for them. If you have been hit by an Amazon truck driver, you might need the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer.
AMAZON DELIVERY ACCIDENTS
Over the past few years, Amazon has made significant investments in its infrastructure to be able to make all of the deliveries that are processed through their site. The reality of this situation is that, to meet same-day shipping pledges, thousands of drivers zip around the nation’s streets with trucks full of packages. Consequently, they sometimes don’t pay enough attention to where they’re going.
Car accidents and pedestrian accidents can have lots of causes. There are external factors, such as the weather and the condition of the road, as well as driver-related factors, such as inebriation or failing to pay attention. Amazon truck drivers may be more likely to be involved in accidents because of the nature of their job.
For most people, driving is a small part of our day. We may commute to work and run a few errands, but time spent in the car is not the majority of what we do. For Amazon truck drivers, the opposite is true. Their job is spent entirely on the road, and this can lead to fatigue or inattention. These difficulties mean that Amazon drivers may be at a higher risk of running into other cars or pedestrians.
Truck ACCIDENT INJURIES
Pedestrians and passenger vehicles can be susceptible to injuries and damage when hit by an Amazon truck.
Brain and head injuries can happen in a few different ways as a result of a pedestrian or car accident. First, initial impact with the other vehicle can result in a massive amount of blunt force trauma and damage. The impact can also cause a pedestrian victim to collide with the ground or another object close to the accident scene, which can again result in head trauma. Some specific injuries that can result include skull fractures, brain bleeding, contusions, and concussions.
Broken bones can vary greatly in severity depending on the speed of the vehicle at impact. No matter the severity, however, broken bones are very painful and can require extensive surgeries to fully address.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are any injuries to muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Soft tissue injuries can come in the form of strains, tears, or bruising that can be very painful. Soft tissue injuries can also have the secondary impact of severely limiting a person’s range of motion, meaning they may not be able to return to their work or other daily activities that they enjoy.
WHO IS LIABLE?
When it comes to recovering compensation for any type of accident, a critical component is determining who, exactly, is liable for your injuries. Liability is the legal term for responsibility. To recover compensation for your injuries, you must establish that some other party is at least partly responsible for causing them.
Liability for a pedestrian or car accident can be established in a number of different ways. For example, if a driver is breaking the rules of the road by speeding or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then it is likely that they may be liable. In addition, it may be possible to hold a city or township liable if they did not maintain the streets in a safe driving condition.
When it comes to an Amazon truck driver hitting you, there may potentially be another level of liability. When drivers are driving on the behalf of someone else, usually an employer, there may be liability somewhere along that chain as well. Identifying who may share in the liability of a situation where an Amazon truck driver hit you involves determining the status of the employee, who owns the car, and the insurance policies available, but it may be possible to hold someone other than the driver of the truck liable for your injuries.
HOW TO FILE A CLAIM
While some car accidents might seem relatively cut-and-dry, complications can add up quickly. This is especially true when the person driving the vehicle was on the job while they were on the road. Filing a claim is never a simple process but following a few key steps can help alleviate your stress.
1. Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer
First and foremost, it is critical that you start the process by contacting a qualified lawyer in your area. At the outset, an attorney may be able to help you by advising you on what your options are moving forward and how much your case could possibly be worth. As you move along in the case, your attorney may be able to help you by crafting persuasive legal arguments and using their expertise to ensure that you are not taken advantage of by another party.
2. Research and Investigation
After you have hired your attorney and completed the initial steps, they may be able to get to work on doing the important research and investigatory work that is necessary to your claim. This can include determining the status of the Amazon truck driver who hit you, researching the specific statutes and case law that will eventually determine the outcome of your case, and speaking with witnesses who saw the accident take place. While the focus of many famous claims may be in the courtroom, cases are often won at the research and preparation stage.
3. Negotiate a Settlement
Because it can often be costly and time-consuming to go to trial on a claim, most cases will end in a settlement. At this stage, it is important that you have an attorney who may advocate strongly for your position and who has the necessary experience to be able to properly value your claim and craft logical arguments based of the facts and law.
4. Go to Trial
Sometimes, for one reason or another, it is not possible for the parties to work out a settlement that works for all sides. Perhaps one party is extremely stubborn, or the facts are so complicated that the parties have very different ideas of what actually happened. Whatever the case may be, if your claim ends up going to trial, it will be critical to have a truck accident lawyer on your side who has experience with similar cases and is able to efficiently manage all of the different components of a trial.
LEGAL TIME LIMITS
Every type of personal injury case is governed by a statute of limitations, or legal time limit. The statute of limitations is determined by the government of the state that you are in, and it can vary depending on the type of accident that you were involved in. For example, the statute of limitations for truck accidents in your state may be two or three years. This time begins to run on the day of your accident, and any claim that is attempted to be brought after the statute of limitations has run its course will likely be dismissed.
There are some exceptions to the generally applicable statute of limitations, however. For example, if you happen to discover an injury well after the accident took place, the statute of limitations may be extended. In addition, if the accident victim was a minor at the time of the accident, then it may be paused until they reach the age of majority. The best course of action, however, is to speak with an attorney as quickly as possible to avoid running into problems following legal time limits.
An Amazon truck driver hit me—what is my case worth?
There is no way to give an accurate estimate of what your case could be worth without knowing the specifics, but generally speaking, your damages will be calculated by adding up things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
How soon after my accident should I see a doctor?
Seeing a doctor as soon as possible after your accident is critical. Not only will it help catch injuries that you might not have noticed, but it will also help to establish that your injuries were caused by the accident you were involved in.
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CONTACT ZINDA LAW GROUP TODAY TO SPEAK WITH A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
Battling for the compensation that you may be entitled to is difficult enough in a simple car accident. Fighting for compensation from a company like Amazon is a different story entirely. The truck accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group have the experience necessary to help you fight for maximum compensation. we work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t pay us anything until we win your case for you.