What Happens If An Amazon Flex Driver Causes an Accident?
If you live in the Atlanta metro area, you may have noticed that your Amazon.com orders are no longer being delivered by FedEx, UPS, and other traditional shipping carriers. Amazon has now launched a delivery program called Amazon Flex that uses contract drivers to deliver packages. Most of the Amazon Flex drivers also gig for Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services.
If you’re injured in a car accident caused by an Amazon Flex driver, you should contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer. The attorneys at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC will help you determine whether the Amazon Flex driver was making deliveries at the time of the collision. Once we make that determination, we can help you file an insurance claim against the Amazon Flex commercial liability policy carrier so that you can recover compensation for your injuries.
How Do I Know If My Injuries Are Covered by Amazon Flex’s Insurance Policy?
If you’re injured by an Amazon Flex driver, the amount of insurance coverage that is available to you depends upon whether the driver was carrying packages for delivery. If the driver was in the process of delivering packages, there is $1,000,000 of liability insurance coverage that is available to you through Amazon Flex’s commercial liability insurance policy.
If the Amazon Flex driver has completed all of his or her deliveries, the only insurance coverage that is available to you is through the driver’s own auto liability insurance policy. Georgia only requires drivers to carry $25,000 of auto liability insurance coverage per person with a total of $50,000 liability coverage per accident, no matter how many people are injured.
Most drivers in Georgia unfortunately only carry $25,000 of auto liability insurance coverage. Therefore, if the driver was not working for Amazon Flex at the time of the collision, you should assume that the driver has only purchased minimum auto liability insurance coverage.
How Do I Prove That The Amazon Flex Driver Was On Duty?
If you live in the Atlanta area and you’re involved in a car collision, there is a relatively high probability that the other driver is working for Uber, Lyft, or Amazon Flex. The first question that you should ask the other driver is whether he or she was driving for Uber, Lyft, or Amazon Flex at the time of the collision. If the driver was working for those ridesharing/delivery services at the time of the collision, the driver is covered by $1,000,000 of commercial auto insurance.
If you think that the at fault driver is not being truthful, you should check to see whether the driver is carrying any packages or passengers in his or her vehicle. If the at fault driver won’t let you get close to his or her vehicle, you should make sure to ask the police officer to investigate whether the driver was “working for hire” at the time of the collision.
Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help
If you’re seriously injured in a car collision caused by an Amazon Flex driver, you likely will be unable to speak with the at fault driver at the collision scene to confirm whether the driver was delivering packages for Amazon at the time of the collision. The police officer might also not ask the driver whether he or she was working “for hire” at the time of the collision.
If that’s the case, don’t fret. The attorneys at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC can help you prove that the at fault driver was delivering packages for Amazon Flex at the time of the collision. Usually, that requires you to file a lawsuit.
Once your lawsuit is filed, we will take the deposition of the at fault driver. During that deposition, the driver is required to give sworn testimony under penalty of perjury. Usually, the Amazon Flex driver will admit at that point that he was delivering packages when he caused the collision.
If the Amazon Flex driver denies that he was delivering packages at the time of the collision, we will request copies of his cell phone call and data records to determine whether Amazon dispatched him for a delivery shortly before the wreck. We can also send a document production request to Amazon that seeks the at fault driver’s delivery logs. If any of those pieces of evidence reveal that the driver was delivering packages for Amazon at the time of the collision, there is $1,000,000 of insurance coverage that is available to your through Amazon’s commercial liability insurance policy.