After a crash with a FedEx, UPS, or Amazon vehicle, it’s crucial to determine who should be held accountable for the accident. The commercial vehicle’s driver seems like an obvious choice, but it’s not always so simple.
Several people or organizations could be held responsible for your accident.
As an example, let’s say a commercial vehicle crash involved an Amazon truck. After a thorough legal investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident, here are just a few possibilities of who might be deemed responsible:
Amazon: While Amazon runs a unique model for employing drivers and managing deliveries, it does still own many of the vehicles used for Amazon deliveries. As such, it is responsible for the trucks’ upkeep and maintenance. For example, failure to fix potentially dangerous issues with the truck or van — like faulty brakes — could mean Amazon is found liable for the accident.
The delivery service partner that employs the driver: The local delivery service partners that employ Amazon drivers must uphold standards — including hiring, supervision, and trainings. This helps guarantee their employees operate the truck safely while on public roads. If they fail to do so, that could be cause for liability.
Driver: In some situations, the driver may be found to be responsible for the accident based on their sole actions.
Vehicle manufacturer: Vehicles are manufactured with issues all the time — including commercial vehicles. Suppose a faulty part, or a mechanical or electrical issue, led to the accident. In that case, the automotive manufacturer may hold all or some responsibility for the accident.
Manufacturer of secondary equipment: It’s possible a piece of ancillary equipment made and installed by another manufacturer had a defect. If that piece of faulty equipment contributed to the accident somehow, the third-party manufacturer may be found responsible for the accident.
Government agencies: Additionally, if a roadway hazard, such as a broken guardrail, contributes to the accident, the local or state agency responsible for roadway maintenance could be held accountable.