Amazon operates two separate grocery delivers services: Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh. Every day, each of these entities deliver groceries to thousands of people across the United States. Each year, a growing number of Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh delivery drivers are involved in accidents they cause, and which result in injuries – including fatal injuries – to people from all walks of life. In this article, we take a moment to consider your rights should you (or a loved one) ever find yourself involved in an accident caused by an Amazon Fresh delivery truck.
Ownership Difference Between Amazon Fresh Delivery Trucks and Amazon Vehicles
A major difference exists between the Amazon Fresh Delivery fleet and those vehicles that are used to deliver other products ordered through Amazon. Most of the vehicles and drivers that are used to deliver products from Amazon more broadly (and not Amazon Fresh) are not owned or employed by Amazon. As a result, Amazon itself does not maintain liability insurance coverage on these vehicles. The owners of these delivery trucks should maintain such insurance, but it is not the responsibility of Amazon.
On the other hand, Amazon Fresh deliveries are made by actual employees of Amazon in most instances. Occasionally, there may be a third-party contractor engaged to assist with Amazon Fresh deliveries. However, this most definitely is the exception and not the rule.
Because Amazon Fresh deliveries are made by employees of the company, Amazon does maintain a policy of liability insurance that provides up to $1 million in coverage if its driver is deemed responsible for causing an accident. While pursuing a lawsuit as the result of an accident caused by an Amazon driver can be quite complicated, because of the more streamlined structure of Amazon Fresh (with drivers who are employees), seeking redress following an accident can prove to be a bit less complicated.
Having said that, if you or a loved one are involved in an Amazon Fresh delivery truck accident, you should nonetheless seriously consider retaining the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer, like a member of the legal team at The Doan Law Firm.
What You Need to do if You are Involved in an Amazon Fresh Delivery Truck Accident
If you find yourself involved in an Amazon Fresh delivery truck accident, the first steps you need to take include ensuring that everyone is out of harm’s way and that medical assistance is called as necessary. You also need to contact the police. Even if the accident seems minor at the outset, insurance policies typically require a police report to be filed.
There are some other important steps you need to take in the aftermath of an Amazon Fresh delivery truck accident that include:
- Exchange contact information with the Amazon Fresh driver
- Exchange insurance information with the Amazon Fresh driver (or obtain contact information where you will be able to obtain that information)
- Document the accident scene (with photos or video)
- Document your injuries in the same manner
- Do not admit fault for the accident – indeed, even if you believe the other party to be at fault, do not even make a statement like “I’m sorry this happened” following an Amazon Fresh delivery truck accident (because that might later be interpreted as an admission of guilt on your part)
- Obtain names and contact information for any witnesses to the accidents
- If possible, attempt to obtain brief statements from witnesses about what they observed in regard to the Amazon Fresh delivery truck accident
Protect Your Legal Rights After an Amazon Fresh Delivery Truck Accident
You can connect with a Doan Law Firm Amazon Fresh delivery truck accident lawyer by calling us – any time of the day or night – at (800) 349-0000. A nationwide law firm, we can schedule a no-cost and no-obligation initial consultation for you at any one of our 40 offices located across the United States. We can also arrange a virtual case evaluation with an Amazon Fresh delivery truck accident lawyer online as well.
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