Internet shopping is a permanent fixture of the economy. According to Pay.com, 2022 saw over $5 trillion generated globally from e-commerce.
As more people shop online, more delivery drivers will be on the road, with larger companies like Amazon employing their own vehicles. This raises the question of what you should do if one of these delivery drivers hits your car.
Exchange information like normal
To start, you should treat the crash like any other accident. Check everyone in your vehicle for injuries and assess the damage. Next, get the Amazon driver’s license plate and driver’s license number. Ask the driver for their insurance coverage, but if they do not know the information offhand, get a contact number for their employer. Next, things become slightly less straightforward.
Determine the liable parties
For the most part, Amazon uses independent contractors and third-party hiring agencies to staff their delivery drivers. This means that if an Amazon driver hits you, there is a minimal chance that you will have the option to sue Amazon directly.
Consider your options
Often, the easiest and quickest pathway to a payout is through the insurance provider. Every Amazon driver must carry adequate insurance, even if a third-party staffs them. However, if the damages exceed the driver’s coverage, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit. This is not easy to do on your own, so consider your options carefully.
Amazon spends a lot of money to avoid direct liability from their delivery drivers. Usually, dealing with insurance companies is the best way to handle an accident. If you believe a driver was grossly negligent, however, you may have a chance at a lawsuit.