Unless you have lived in a cave for the past decade, you are apt to hear
something about Amazon every day. Indeed, if you are like a significant
portion of the U.S. population, you likely transact business with the
retail behemoth that is Amazon on a fairly regular basis. While Amazon
provides consumers with tremendous shopping options, the company’s
delivery system puts people at risk of Amazon delivery vehicle accidents.
What is certain is that you are on public roadways that are also being
traveled by a wide array of different types of delivery vehicles carrying
products from Amazon. These include vehicles owned or controlled directly
by Amazon as well as third-party delivery services like UPS, FedEx, and
the United States Postal Service.
If you are also like most consumers, you are unaware of a delivery system
that Amazon started in 2015 called Amazon Flex. Another stark reality
is that on a regular basis you probably are on the road with Amazon Flex
drivers and do not even realize it. If you end up in an Amazon Flex delivery
accident, your life is certain to be turned upside down when it comes
to protecting your legal rights. If you find yourself in such a situation,
you need to take the offense and proactively reach out to a qualified,
experienced Amazon delivery vehicle accident attorney.
What is Amazon Flex?
As Amazon has grown, the company has been obsessed with finding ways to
deliver products to consumers as fast possible. The need for rapid delivery
became even more intense when Amazon purchased Whole Foods, the natural grocer.
The powers-that-be at Amazon created what they call Amazon Flex. In very
basic terms, Amazon Flex is something akin to Uber or Lyft in the delivery world.
Any person over the age of 21, with a valid driver’s license and
a smartphone, can sign up to be an Amazon Flex driver. The company contends
that it does a background check to eliminate applicants with a criminal
history or a bad driving record. However, that represents pretty much
the sum and substance of what the company does to screen and filter applicants.
Once approved, an Amazon Flex driver can use his or her own, unmarked vehicle
to deliver parcels for Amazon whenever they desire. Again, this is the
same principle as Uber or Lyft. As the Uber and Lyft screening model demonstrates,
individuals who should not be permitted to drive for a service like Amazon
Flex fall through the cracks and get approved.
Amazon Flex Delivery Accidents on the Rise
Every week, innocent people going about their daily lives are injured or
even killed in Amazon Flex delivery accidents. In the aftermath of such
an accident, an injured person assumes that Amazon will step up and assist
in dealing with the aftermath of an accident caused by one of “their”
Flex drivers. In fact, that is not the case.
An Amazon Flex driver is considered to be what legally is known as an independent
contractor. Amazon has structured this delivery system in part as a means
of avoiding liability in the event of an accident. Indeed, time and again
Amazon aggressively fights a claim when one of its Flex drivers causes
an accident. At a minimum, they will do everything possible to limit the
amount of money paid out on a claim based upon the contention that the
driver works for his or her self – no matter how serious the injuries
a victim of an accident sustains.
Aggressive Legal Representation After an Amazon Flex Delivery Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Amazon Flex delivery accident
you must have a reliable, effective, and tenacious Amazon delivery vehicle
accident lawyer like a member of the legal team at The Doan Law. The Amazon
delivery accident lawyer hotline at (800) 349-0000 is staffed 24 hours
a day and 365 days a year for your convenience. The firm can schedule
an initial consultation with you any time that is convenient. During an
initial consultation, a seasoned attorney from the firm will provide a
comprehensive evaluation of your case. There is no charge for an initial
The Doan Law Firm Attorney Fee Guarantee
The Doan Law Firm makes an attorney fee guarantee to you in an Amazon Flex
delivery accident case. The firm never charges a fee unless the legal
team wins a favorable settlement or judgment for you.