What Happens If an Amazon Flex Driver Causes an Accident?
Amazon is one of the latest companies to jump on the rideshare wagon by hiring motorists to ferry its deliveries from its warehouses to your front door. However, as these drivers are often under pressure to drop off packages quickly, accidents involving these motorists are all but inevitable.
While these drivers are insured by Amazon’s commercial liability policy, there are all sorts of reasons why a claim might be disputed. Cases involving Flex drivers can be a little more complicated than the typical accident involving two passenger vehicles. In this article, we answer some frequently asked questions about Amazon Flex accident claims:
What Is Amazon Flex?
In the past, Amazon relied on established delivery companies such as FedEx and UPS to transport products from Amazon warehouses to homes. However, the online store recently introduced Amazon Flex, a rideshare service for deliveries. Similar to Uber or Lyft, drivers sign up for the service and are paid —on a package-by-package basis—to deliver products (instead of transporting passengers) to locations.
Do Amazon Flex Drivers have Insurance?
While delivering a package, Amazon Flex drivers are backed by $1,000,000 in liability coverage as part of Amazon Flex’s commercial liability insurance policy. However, the moment the package is delivered, that coverage ends. The driver reverts to their auto liability insurance policy. Keep in mind that many states have specific minimum auto insurance requirements for delivery drivers.
What If I’m Involved in an Accident with an Amazon Flex Driver?
Amazon Flex drivers can feel under pressure to complete trips quickly because they get per delivery. In the United States, rideshare driver-related accidents make up about 3% of total accidents. As a result, there’s a high chance you may be involved in a collision with one of these motorists. What should you do when that happens?
Generally speaking, you should take many of the same steps you would take after any other auto accident: Takedown the Amazon Flex driver’s contact information, license number, and license plate tag. Also, make sure to record his or her insurance information.
Taking photos or videos at the crash scene is also advisable. Your attorney and an accident reconstruction expert will evaluate such visual evidence to determine how the crash happened.
Even if you only sustained minor injuries, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Failing to find care following an accident could result in your insurer arguing that you have been unable to mitigate the damages and therefore, should not be compensated for 100% of your losses.
After seeking medical care, you should contact an attorney right away. There may be time-sensitive evidence your legal team might need to collect.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Amazon Flex Accident Lawyer Today
Were you injured in a crash involving an Amazon Flex, Uber, or Lyft driver? Rideshare accident lawyers can help you seek the compensation you deserve. At Attorneys for All, we can connect you with a law firm in your area. They will evaluate the strength of your case as part of a free consultation. Contact us by calling (281) 475-4535 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.