Omaha Amazon Delivery Accident Lawyers
Omaha roadways are heavily traveled by commercial trucks, including Amazon trucks. Some of the most troublesome areas for residents include 30th Street or Highway 75. An Amazon fulfillment center opened in January 2023 in Papillion at the intersection of NE-50 and NE-370, adding to already serious truck traffic problems affecting Omaha residents. Drivers and their passengers sharing the road with these large vehicles are at risk of serious injury or loss of life in an accident with a large, heavily loaded Amazon truck.
If you or someone you love has been severely injured in a collision with an Amazon truck, contact Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234. With over 15 years of experience, head attorney Jason Bottlinger has recovered millions of dollars in damages in complex cases, including commercial truck collisions. You can trust that your case will be in the hands of a talented litigator who will go the distance to pursue justice and full compensation for you or your loved one.
In a recent year, Amazon oversaw the delivery of almost five billion packages. To meet consumer demand, Amazon truck operators are under intense pressure to deliver on time. The rush to achieve Amazon’s next-day deliveries adds even more pressure to the job. To meet the required delivery date, a truck driver may engage in driving behavior that results in a severe or fatal accident. The legal issues surrounding these collisions can prove to be exceptionally complex.
Commercial truck drivers are constantly under pressure to deliver on time. Drivers are on the road for many hours without breaks and are prone to deadly driving errors. Some of the most common causes of Amazon truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Tired driver
- Drug or alcohol intoxication
- Truck driver is insufficiently trained to operate the vehicle safely
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Unevenly loaded cargo
- Drifting out of lanes
- Unsafe merging
When an accident occurs with one of these large trucks, speak with a truck accident lawyer in Omaha before speaking with any representative of Amazon, the insurance company, or the trucking firm. Drivers of smaller Amazon vehicles are expected to deliver around 250 to 350 packages daily and up to 400 during peak periods. Since 2015, there have been 60 incidents resulting in 10 recorded deaths and numerous instances of severe injuries. However, this represents just a small portion of the total number of incidents.
To manage the large number of packages they handle each year, Amazon hires contractors, referred to as “Flex drivers.” However, these Flex drivers are not Amazon employees but independent contractors. They work with delivery service partners (DSPs) or third-party providers, who are responsible for paying the drivers while providing health benefits and maintenance for their delivery fleets. Amazon utilizes this operational structure to keep its delivery network efficient and affordable while reducing the number of laborers who qualify for state-protected employee rights.
Amazon Flex drivers are considered independent contractors. Accordingly, they are responsible for their own expenses related to their vehicles, such as fuel, maintenance, and insurance. Amazon offers drivers the Amazon Flex Auto Policy, which can cover these drivers while making deliveries. The driver must cover the cost of two policies on their vehicle, one for personal use and one for commercial.
When it comes to incidents involving Amazon trucks, Flex drivers, and Amazon delivery vans, various legal issues can arise that must be addressed carefully and correctly. Generally, insurance companies try to pay out as little as possible and may offer a settlement far lower than the injured party deserves. A thorough evaluation of the details behind the collision is a crucial first step in seeking justice.
Several parties may be held liable in an accident with an Amazon truck, delivery van, or a contracted Amazon Flex driver. The liable parties may be:
- The driver contracted by Amazon
- An Amazon commercial truck driver
- The truck manufacturer
- Truck parts manufacturer
Your legal representative can assist you in gathering evidence and managing the details of filing a lawsuit against Amazon. The company has tremendous resources and relies on a formidable legal team to negotiate the terms of a settlement.
If you have been injured in an Amazon delivery accident in Omaha, the Bottlinger Law L.L.C. legal team is here to deliver justice. Led by Jason Bottlinger, a respected attorney with licenses spanning Nebraska, Iowa, and Texas, we have the resources and skills to take on powerful corporations and interests. All cases are taken on a contingency fee basis with no legal fees unless we win.
Take advantage of a free consultation and call us today at (402) 505-8234 to explore your legal options.
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