Amazon Truck Accident Statistics
Last updated Tuesday, May 10th, 2022
What Type of Vehicles Does Amazon Have on the Road?
With the growth of technology increasing each and every day, the motor vehicle industry has made great strides in both safety and global concerns. Commercial delivery vehicles like the ones driven by Amazon drivers are no exception, and in fact, have even moved faster in a more automated type of way than the vehicles driven by private citizens.
With the increase in online shopping, it would be safe to say that almost everyone has crossed paths with an Amazon vehicle. The familiar dark blue vans or trucks with the well known Amazon Prime arrow logo show up on every street in every city. Unfortunately, with more Amazon vehicles on the street, the number of accidents with one of these trucks has also increased.
Here are some of the typical Amazon trucks or vans that you may see out:
- Amazon Truck Trailers
Amazon has its own fleet of trucks and trailers that are used to get packages from its fulfillment centers to shoppers. These include flatbed trailers, as well as box trucks that have a fully enclosed cargo area. Amazon also relies on some partners to help supply the needs of their customers.
- Embark Driverless Trucks
As alluded to earlier, the technology field has also seeped into the transportation and logistics business. This includes Amazon’s delivery systems. Yes, the trucks are completely self-driving and are not controlled by a driver within the vehicle. Embark driverless trucks rely on a customized software system that was specifically designed for fleets of trucks. It is said to be safer and more efficient than human drivers.
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans
Amazon has been using sprinter vans for several years and has tens of thousands of them regularly out on the road. These vans have additional safety features built-in for the needs of Amazon transportation. Since they are not a large semi truck and trailer, they are able to get to places that some large rigs aren’t.
- Walk-In Vans
Walk-in vans are similar to the sprinter vans but are somewhat larger in size and boxier in appearance. They are said to be able to carry more packages, as well as larger sized packages.
- Rivian Electric Vans
These vans are similar to the other types of vans used by Amazon but with one major difference – they are fully electric and do not use gasoline.
- Personal Employee Vehicles
People employed by Amazon are able to deliver packages from their own personal vehicles through the Amazon Flex Program. Personal vehicles can even include bicycles as long as the bicycle has a basket.
Are Amazon Drivers Safe?
Just like in any other profession, some Amazon drivers are safer than others. Amazon as a company has many safety procedures in place, but when it comes down to it, abiding by the protocols and procedures really comes down to the driver alone.
As an example, per company safety protocols, all drivers are required to inspect their vehicles at the beginning and end of each shift. Unfortunately some drivers decide not to conduct this inspection, or conduct it in the very minimal amount. Usually this is due to the extreme time demands for deliveries that need to be completed. Some drivers feel they just don’t have time to do this. Also, some drivers don’t want to risk having to take the vehicle off the road for safety servicing for things that they would consider to be minor, such as a damaged back up camera, tires without the proper amount of tread, or broken mirrors.
In addition, some of the places that Amazon delivery people need to go to deliver their packages are in less than safe areas, either due to roads that need extreme repair or areas that are a tight fit to get in and out of with larger commercial delivery vehicles.
The most important safety feature, though, is a focused and attentive driver. Not being distracted is just as important to regular drivers as it is with drivers of larger delivery trucks and vans. There is a difference though. Amazon drivers have the additional responsibility of knowing that the vehicle they are driving is bigger and can do more damage than a passenger vehicle.
Have You Been in an Accident With an Amazon Truck?
Being involved in an accident of any kind is a scary enough situation to deal with. But if you have been involved in an accident with an Amazon truck or cargo van, the injuries and damages could be even more catastrophic.
We understand that you are already going through a difficult life experience. Most importantly, we can provide professional guidance from an experienced personal injury truck accident expert. And we are committed to making this process easier on you, and as affordable as possible.
Bringing a lawsuit against a very large company like Amazon can be intimidating. At our law firm, we are not intimidated. We’ve had extensive experience with lawsuits against mammoth companies like Amazon and its contractors. As specialists in large truck accidents, we’ve dealt with many accident cases involving Amazon vehicles in the past. We can help you through this scary and confusing process, and help remove some of that fear or intimidation.
What to Do if You’ve Been in an Accident With an Amazon Truck
If you’ve been involved in a wreck involving an Amazon delivery vehicle, please follow these guidelines on what to do, if you are able:
- NEVER acknowledge fault for the accident.
- Evaluate any injuries that you or your passengers may have and call 911 immediately.
- Get information about the Amazon driver:
Name and address
Driver’s insurance information
Delivery truck number
The license plate number of the Amazon truck
- Get names and contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
- If possible, take pictures of the accident scene.
- Seek medical attention. You aren’t required to immediately go to the closest emergency room if your injuries appear to be minor, but you do need to be seen by a medical doctor within a few days so that the accident is documented, injuries are noted, and the proper tests are given.
- Take pictures of any injuries caused by the accident.
What are Potential Injuries From an Amazon Truck Accident?
Injuries from a collision between an Amazon truck and a personal passenger vehicle could be anywhere from minor to death. That’s quite a spread. Considering that the weight of a full truck alone is so much heavier than a passenger vehicle, logically speaking, it’s entirely possible to have life changing injuries or even loss of life.
Some injuries don’t show their seriousness right away, like back and neck or internal injuries. But this is something that our law firm strongly takes into consideration when discussing your lawsuit. The long term repercussions are just as important, if not more important, in the long run.