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 consultation.
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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.