Similar to companies like Uber and Lyft, Amazon has now permitted drivers to use personal vehicles to deliver packages. While this is an opportunity for many to earn additional income, there is also an increased risk of car accidents as many delivery drivers struggle to meet tight deadlines. If an Amazon Flex driver injured you or a family member, contact an experienced Pennsylvania Amazon Flex delivery accident lawyer.
The Reiff Law Firm recognizes the dangers associated with permitting untrained drivers to deliver packages, and we are here to help you fight against a negligent delivery driver that caused your injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000. You can also contact us online.
Risks + Accidents Caused by Amazon Flex Deliveries in Pennsylvania
According to a report by CBS News, more than 60 car accidents resulting in serious injury and death have been caused by Amazon delivery drivers. At the height of the holiday season, Amazon has estimated that it will have approximately 50,000 drivers on the road. With the introduction of Amazon Flex, that number is likely set to rise dramatically.
Amazon Flex is a relatively new program by Amazon that allows people to be employed as “delivery partners” to deliver packages for the company. To be a delivery partner with Amazon, a person must meet the following criteria:
- Age 21 or older with a valid driver’s license
- Have a capable vehicle
- Valid car insurance
Once a person has met these qualifications and has been accepted as a delivery partner, they will be able to begin delivering a variety of packages from Amazon. However, with likely dozens of packages to deliver throughout their area, a driver may struggle to meet the demands of the job. As a result, they may speed excessively and break many other traffic laws.
While Amazon denies that delivery drivers are pushed to meet stringent deadlines, some employees have voiced their concerns about not having enough time even to stop to use the restroom while on a delivery route. This added stress could easily lead to drivers making mistakes or acting erratically on the road.
To learn more about the insurance coverage offered to Amazon Flex drivers, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Philadelphia Amazon delivery accident attorney.
Pennsylvania Accidents Covered by Amazon Flex Insurance
Amazon offers delivery partners insurance coverage in addition to their personal coverage. Specifically, Amazon Flex drivers have policies that cover:
- Auto liability coverage up to $1,000,000
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage up to $1,000,000
- Contingent comprehensive and collision coverage up to $50,000 (with a $1,000 deductible)
Note, however, that a Flex delivery driver must maintain the minimum insurance coverage on their vehicle in accordance with the laws of their state. In Pennsylvania, that means that each driver must have insurance that covers at least:
- $15,000 per person in injuries
- $30,000 per accident in injuries
- $5,000 in no-fault insurance
Additionally, an Amazon Flex driver may have to disclose to their insurance company whether they intend to use their vehicle for commercial purposes. If a driver is untruthful and causes an accident while working for Amazon, their policy is at risk of being voided. If a driver must use commercial insurance for their vehicle but fail to acquire it, this would make them personally liable for an accident.
Amazon has adopted policies similar to Uber and Lyft when it comes to insurance coverage for a car accident. Specifically, accidents are categorized into crashes that happen while off-duty or accidents that happen within the scope of employment.
As you may have guessed, Amazon will attempt to avoid liability for any accidents that occur while a driver is off the clock. This means that a victim of a delivery accident will have to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance or from the driver directly with a lawsuit.
Alternatively, accidents that occur under the following circumstances are covered under Amazon Flex:
- Accidents that happen when a driver is collecting packages from an Amazon facility
- Accidents occurring while a driver is transporting or delivering packages
- Accidents that happen when a driver is returning undelivered packages to an Amazon facility
It is important to note that if an Amazon Flex delivery driver is delivering packages with a friend, this can also affect the insurance coverage provided for an accident. For example, if the delivery driver’s friend is operating the vehicle, and they cause an accident, Amazon will not reimburse the driver or the victim for the accident.
If you are unsure about whether you should pursue a delivery driver or Amazon after a car accident, you should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. It is important to report the accident to Amazon immediately to ensure that your claim for damages is not affected.
Our firm can guide you through the process of pursuing compensation against Amazon or a negligent delivery driver. Whether you need help filing an accident report or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, we are ready to assist you.
Contact Our Experienced Pennsylvania Amazon Flex Delivery Accident Attorneys Today
If you or a family member was the victim of a negligent Amazon delivery driver, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia Amazon Flex accident attorney. At the Reiff Law Firm, our dedicated personal injury attorneys have fought for the residents of Pennsylvania for decades, and we are unafraid to stand up to a widespread company like Amazon. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000.