As the world becomes increasingly focused on ways to get things done faster, more efficiently and with less physical output from consumers, innovative ways of transporting necessities are becoming commonplace. In Louisiana, one may notice an increase in contracted delivery drivers who are tasked with getting packages to the people that ordered them in record time. While a worthwhile goal, one has to wonder if the accomplishment of that objective is actually coming at a cost.
A notable retail giant in the online platform is Amazon who has set itself apart from many of its competitors with the record speeds with which they are able to ship and deliver the product to the people who have ordered from them. Their method for taking the lead in that area has been to hire a series of contracted drivers who are responsible for seeing that packages are delivered as quickly as possible.
Amazon’s impressive requirement that drivers deliver 999 out of 1,000 packages on time may have some scrambling to accomplish their goals with little regard to traffic safety. In the case of two families whose loved ones were killed in fatal collisions with Amazon delivery drivers, filing a lawsuit against the company would yield little reward. This is because Amazon has taken drastic efforts to reduce their liability entirely in accidents involving their drivers. With other competitors trying to acquire the speed of Amazon, many are concerned that speedy deliveries are in fact compromising the safety of other people on the roads. Amazon contends that they expect their drivers to uphold all traffic laws and are stringent in who they choose to hire to deliver their products.
If people have been hurt because of the negligence of a delivery driver, they may be entitled to compensation. An attorney can help them identify what needs to be done to hold someone accountable for the injuries that they suffered because of another person’s negligence.
Source: StarTribune, “Amazon bears no responsibility when its contract delivery drivers are in fatal crashes,” Patricia Callahan, Sep. 5, 2019