There was once a time where the average delivery took a week or more unless you were willing to pay an arm or a leg for overnight shipping. Now though, two-day delivery seems to rule our world. You can order a dress on Thursday and wear it out with your friends on Saturday. That level of convenience has made many of our lives a lot easier, but it has also made our roads much more dangerous.
On average, Amazon delivers roughly five billion packages in a year. That means that they deliver over 13.5 million packages a day. As you can imagine, such a huge operation means that the e-commerce company must send out fleets of delivery trucks to every corner of the country. That many trucks on our highways, roads, and even down the block from our homes is incredibly dangerous. Amazon uses both trucks and vans for their deliveries, both of which are larger and more dangerous than the average passenger vehicle. That means that there are millions of massive vehicles lumbering down our streets on a daily basis. What makes the situation even worse is that Amazon pushes its drivers to take dangerous risks.
Amazon Pressure on their Drivers
According to the New York Times, Amazon requires that its drivers to deliver 999 out of 1,000 deliveries on time. That means that they allow for an error rate of just 0.1%. One small slip up, one tiny delay, could result in a delivery driver being penalized or losing their job altogether. On top of that, Amazon very closely monitors and tracks packages and drivers. This means that they are always aware if a package is slightly delayed, even if the driver does their best to cover the mistake up.
When you know just being five minutes late on a delivery could cost you your livelihood, you are far more incentivized to take risks you otherwise wouldn’t consider. If you are driving a massive truck, that kind of negligent behavior can be incredibly dangerous. Amazon drivers often feel the need to:
- Drive fatigued
- Take dangerous turns
- Run stop signs and red lights
- Dangerously cut in front of other drivers
- Ignore traffic laws
This kind of intense pressure on the part of Amazon means that their drivers will choose to make riskier and riskier choices. A small delay due to traffic could make a delivery driver rationalize running a red light in order to drop a package off in time. That kind of negligence can and does cause injuries. And in such large vehicles, when Amazon delivery drivers do get into collisions, they are often devastating and result in catastrophic injuries.
With such intense practices and negligent policies, you may assume that holding Amazon accountable for their actions would be easy. Sadly, the massive company is very careful about shielding themselves from liability. Amazon delivery drivers are not actually employees of Amazon, excluding their Wholefoods delivery drivers. Package drivers usually work for smaller, third-party delivery companies that are contracted out by Amazon. So, if an Amazon delivery driver caused your auto accident, chances are that Amazon will not be considered liable for your damages.
However, that does not mean you don’t have any options for receiving compensation. You can still file a claim against the third-party company that the delivery driver actually works for. A successful claim requires an experienced auto accident attorney. Your best chance of receiving as much compensation as possible is by working with an attorney at Samuel P. Moeller, PLLC. If you have been involved in an accident with a delivery driver, call us at (602) -563-6946 for a free consultation. We look forward to helping you with your case.