THE REAL COST OF AMAZON TWO-DAY DELIVERY
Amazon ships about 1.6 million packages a day. The company’s two-day delivery is made possible by combining its massive distribution network and its fleet of delivery vehicles. Amazon has fulfillment centers around the world, and each one is equipped with high-speed conveyor belts, robots, and other automated technologies that can rapidly pick, pack, and ship orders. Meanwhile, Amazon’s delivery fleet consists of tens of thousands of vans and trucks that crisscross the country to ensure that orders are delivered on time. By leveraging its vast infrastructure, Amazon can offer its customers two-day delivery on millions of items.
Amazon’s delivery drivers are under immense pressure to meet deadlines for two-day deliveries. Often, drivers are asked to work at least 10-hour shifts. Unfortunately, this pressure can lead to dangerous and illegal driving practices, as drivers feel they must do whatever it takes to get the package delivered on time. Some examples can include speeding, skipping breaks, not sleeping, or taking drugs in an attempt to stay focused. This can result in accidents, traffic violations, and other dangerous situations. Amazon must do better to protect its drivers and the public by ensuring that delivery deadlines are realistic and that drivers are able to get proper amounts of rest. If you believe you were hurt in an accident with an Amazon delivery truck, contact the attorneys at Aratta Law Firm by calling (818) 550-1111.
THE AMAZON COMMERCIAL AUTO INSURANCE POLICY
The Amazon Commercial Auto Insurance Policy provides liability coverage for injuries or damage that employees may cause to others while operating a vehicle for business purposes. It also offers liability property damage coverage, which means that if your car is damaged in an accident by a negligent Amazon driver, Amazon’s applicable auto insurance policy will reimburse you for the cost of repairs up to the limit of their policy. Finally, Amazon Commercial Auto Insurance Policy would provide uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in cases where another driver is at fault for causing an accident with the Amazon driver but has no auto insurance to cover for the loss.
Many drivers do not realize the importance of having uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM). Review your auto policy declarations and verify your uninsured/underinsured limits are high enough to protect you from drivers who have no insurance or have minimum state liability limits that may end up being inadequate to cover for your injuries sustained in an accident.
Amazon has been increasingly avoiding liability in car accidents by separating itself from its workers. This has been done through various methods, including hiring independent contractors, using third-party logistics providers, and creating separate business entities. This has allowed Amazon to distance itself from the accidents and avoid paying damages or compensation to the victims.
This classification has come under scrutiny in recent years, as it allows Amazon to avoid providing benefits and protections to its drivers that would otherwise be required by law. However, the company maintains that its drivers are independent contractors and thus not entitled to the same treatment as employees.
Drivers are also heavily monitored with cameras and other devices.
AMAZON DRIVER REQUIREMENTS
To become an Amazon driver, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must have a valid driver’s license.
- You must be at least 21 years old.
- You must have a clean driving record.
- You must pass a background check.
- You must have a valid insurance policy.
- You must have a reliable vehicle.
HIRE A LAWYER FOR YOUR AMAZON ACCIDENT
Hiring a lawyer to represent you is vital if you have been in an Amazon truck accident. Due to their size, Amazon trucks cause severe damage in collisions. The experienced Glendale truck accident lawyers at Aratta Law Firm will help you investigate the accident and gather evidence to support your claim. In addition, we will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to get you compensation. Give us a call at (818) 550-1111 for an immediate consultation.