Denver Delivery Truck Crash Lawyers
The Increased Threat of Delivery Truck Collisions
Over the past decade, more and more consumers have turned to online shopping to purchase both essentials and non-essentials for their homes. In addition to Amazon, FedEx, and UPS, shoppers now use Instacart and other delivery services as a means of avoiding grocery stores and other crowded areas.
With their increased presence on the road, delivery trucks are more likely to be involved in a collision. Poor and rushed driver training, too much demand, and insufficient vehicle maintenance may all factor in. If you find yourself the victim of a delivery truck accident, contact our Denver office today at (303) 759-9945 or toll free at (877) 433-3906. Our legal team at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will fight for the compensation you deserve.
How Much Have Deliveries Grown in the Past Year?
To understand how much delivery services have grown in the past year, you only have to look at Amazon, the number-one retailer in the United States. To keep up with massive demand, Amazon has developed its own extensive network of delivery vehicles, complete with its own training program and other in-house operations.
This internal delivery system comes with a price. Amazon is determined to meet the demands of shipping and often rushes through the training process for new drivers. By prioritizing speedy deliveries and placing underqualified and poorly trained drivers behind the wheel of their trucks, Amazon and other delivery services like it are putting our lives at risk.
How Does a Delivery Company or Driver Cause a Crash?
Many delivery drivers are distracted by their GPS navigation systems and cellphone notifications. In addition, to keep up with the exponential demand of its growing customer base, Amazon has implemented several technological tools designed to track the movement of each individual driver. Because they are constantly being monitored, Amazon drivers feel immense pressure to deliver packages to consumers as quickly as possible. This results in rushing, cutting corners, and driving at dangerous speeds, all of which place other drivers in danger.
Other common causes of delivery truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Defective auto parts
- Driving under the influence
- Aggressive driving
- Lack of training
Some delivery drivers even admitted to disobeying traffic lights and traveling over the speed limit. Despite this, Amazon will rarely accept legal responsibility after a delivery driver crashes, since it employs contract drivers who are technically non-employees. But the local delivery companies contracted by Amazon often have their own insurance policies and may be found liable in the event of an accident caused by driver negligence.
Delivery Truck Insurance Policies
Many of the most popular delivery services, such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL, have large insurance policies of up to $1 million in the event of a delivery truck accident. Amazon, however, often employs contractors who are not technically employees and will argue that the contractor is therefore liable he or she injures someone while making a delivery.
Amazon does offer its drivers the Amazon Flex Auto Policy. This policy applies to Flex drivers, who are making deliveries for Amazon while using their own personal vehicles. It also only applies when they are actively making deliveries. So, these drivers carry both a personal insurance policy and the policy from Amazon on their vehicles. Sorting out who is actually liable can be difficult, which is why it is imperative that you hire an experienced lawyer to determine who should provide coverage when multiple insurance policies are present.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
If you were injured by a negligent delivery truck driver, your attorney can make or break your case. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. A delivery truck smashing into you can lead to costly damages, whether in medical bills, lost wages, or lifelong disabilities. We will fight to get these costs covered by those responsible for the wreck.
We understand that seeking compensation in the aftermath of a crash can be stressful and difficult, making it all the more important to have an expert team of Denver truck accident attorneys on your side. Call us today at (303) 759-9945 or toll free at (877) 433-3906 for a free consultation.
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