Man maimed by Amazon truck sues — Analysis
Court papers revealed that the e-retail giant has unrealistic expectations of its contractors.
Amazon is accused of imposing. “unrealistic expectations”Its invasive performance monitoring app monitors its drivers. A Virginia resident filed the claim after his leg was broken in a collision with an Amazon delivery vehicle. According to a local newspaper, he has filed an action against Amazon for $100 million. This lawsuit is the latest in a series of similar actions.
The Virginian-Pilot published the story. It details Justin Hartley’s lawsuit in Norfolk Circuit Court last month. His ordeal following a traffic accident in Virginia Beach, Virginia in October led to the damage claim.
Hartley was riding his motorcycle, when an Amazon rental truck came right into Hartley’s path. Due to severe injuries, Hartley suffered multiple fractures to his leg and left leg in the collision. Hartley, who was working as a welder, was laid off and strapped. “several hundred thousand dollars of medical expenses”His lawyers informed the Daily.
A North Carolina motorcyclist who lost his leg as a result of a collision with an Amazon delivery truck in Virginia Beach is suing the e-commerce giant, alleging that unrealistic expectations on delivery drivers led to negligence behind the wheel.https://t.co/sdCkfYvNqW
— The Virginian-Pilot (@virginianpilot) February 21, 2022
Christopher Gill was the truck’s driver. He was said to have been looking at the device from his phone when it happened. He admitted that he looked at the navigation device when he was confronted by authorities in the suit. But, Amazon’s defense team and driver represented him, they denied the claim.
Hartley’s attorney, Kevin Biniazan, said the collision was preventable and that Amazon’s policies, which require drivers to use its Flex App while delivering packages for the company, contributed to the outcome.
It is known for using surveillance technology in order to improve productivity. It allows drivers to set a delivery pace and gives nudges to those who are late. “behind the rabbit” – don’t keep up with the schedule – to hurry up.
“The unrealistic expectations that are put on the drivers are fueling these negligence cases,”Biniazan spoke of similar incidents to Hartley’s that were the subject of the suit.
Our client was not able to see the driver because he was too busy making his delivery.
The defense team denied negligence by the driver and the assertion that Amazon could be held liable for the incident, citing Gill’s status as a contractor.
This is just one case of many in which Amazon customers seek compensation for accidents involving their delivery vehicles. Bloomberg published a Bloomberg feature last November. The publication said at the time there were at least 119 similar lawsuits across 35 states, in which Amazon Logistics, the company’s delivery arm, was listed as a defendant.
Bloomberg stated that there are precedents in court cases where people have won compensation from large companies for actions taken by drivers who delivered goods on their behalf. In 1993, a woman from St. Louis received $78 million in punitive damages from Domino’s Pizza after she was seriously injured by a delivery driver working for one of the chain’s franchise holders, who ran a red light and struck her car. After that, Domino’s Pizza dropped its 30-minute delivery guarantee.
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