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Fatal Amazon Delivery Truck Accident May Have Involved Reckless Driving

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An Amazon Delivery Truck Wreck That Killed an Infant Is Now the Focus of Several Investigations

Deadly Amazon delivery truck crashes happen far too often in Texas and across the U.S. One of the latest wrecks to capture headlines and investigators’ attention claimed the life of a newborn in January 2024.

While it could be months or longer before there are clear answers and justice for the victims, here’s a closer look at what we know so far about this Amazon delivery truck accident, the trauma it’s caused, and who may be liable for the damage.

That’s followed by a walk through some recent Amazon delivery truck accidents that were no less harrowing — and that continue to paint a profoundly unsettling portrait of the trends surrounding Amazon truck driving accidents, injuries, and deaths.

How the Fatal Amazon Truck Accident Occurred

According to authorities and local news reports, this Amazon delivery truck accident happened in Athens, GA, on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at around 6:00 p.m. Officials say the victims were in a Ford Ranger, with a male driving and a pregnant female as the passenger. That’s when the Amazon delivery truck reportedly turned out in front of the Ranger, crossing its path and crashing.

Deadly Amazon truck accident First responders arrived shortly after, rushing to provide emergency medical care to the pregnant woman who suffered serious injuries in this wreck. Shortly after, she gave birth to a newborn who survived two days before succumbing to crash injuries.

The drivers in this crash, including the Ford Ranger driver and the Amazon truck driver, both reportedly suffered minor injuries in the wreck.

Now, authorities at the Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD) are investigating this crash as a criminal case, looking at potential “homicide by vehicle” charges. Along with that criminal investigation, other parties are conducting their own inquiries into this crash to determine the exact causes, who may be liable, and the true extent of the damages.

Commenting on this tragedy, Amazon Spokesperson Austin Stowe provided a statement to local reporters noting that:

This is a tragic accident, and our thoughts and sympathies are with those involved… We are supporting our Delivery Service Partner and Athens-Clarke County Police Department as they investigate.

Other Horrific Amazon Delivery Truck Accidents: A Grisly Trend

The deadly Amazon delivery truck wreck in Athens is, unfortunately, not an isolated incident. Instead, it serves as a glaring example of a larger, horrendous trend that’s getting harder to ignore with Amazon trucks and their delivery service partners (DSPs).

That trend indicates that Amazon delivery trucks and DSPs are crashing more and more these days — and that these Amazon truck wrecks often have fatal consequences.

Just a few other Amazon delivery truck accidents that have made headlines over the past few months, seeming to support this trend, include:

  • A Wisconsin Amazon delivery truck accident in Feb. 2024: In this crash, an Amazon delivery truck was torn into pieces by an Amtrak train after the Amazon truck got stuck on the train tracks. Miraculously, the Amazon truck driver survived this crash. 
  • An Ohio Amazon delivery van accident in Dec. 2023: This deadly accident reportedly involved a stolen Amazon delivery truck, wrong-way driving on an interstate highway, and a fatal head-on collision with a 70-year-old motorist who died at the scene of the crash. The man who stole the Amazon delivery van at gunpoint also suffered serious injuries in this wreck. 
  • An Illinois Amazon delivery truck accident in Dec. 2023: In this wreck, the Amazon delivery truck driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a median. The truck was, then, suspended from an overpass, with the cab dangling for a while before it ultimately detached from the trailer and fell into a creek below. Though no deaths were reported from this wreck, the Amazon driver was hospitalized for their injuries.

These types of Amazon delivery truck accidents have been occurring for years, with many victims taking action to seek justice against Amazon and other potentially liable parties. For some, that’s ended in sizable verdicts and priceless justice, as in the case of the $44.6 million verdict that a Dallas jury awarded last December to the victims of a fatal Amazon delivery truck accident.

4 Facts to Know When Sharing the Roads with Amazon Delivery Truck Drivers

Amazon delivery drivers, including DSPs, may not behave the same as other commercial motorists on the roads. That’s because Amazon drivers can face unique constraints and pressures that often create distinct risks for these motorists and anyone sharing the roads with them.

To help you stay safe whenever you’re on the roads with Amazon delivery trucks and vans, here are some essential facts to keep in mind:

  • The Amazon delivery driver could be on the 12th hour of their shift: These drivers tend to work extremely long shifts, and you could be driving alongside them at the tail end of a shift. If that’s the case, the chances of Amazon drivers experiencing fatigue and impairment can skyrocket. 
  • They have minutes to get from one spot to the next: Amazon delivery drivers typically have to move FAST, with minutes to get from one drop-off location to the next. For many, that’s left little time to follow safety rules. Some drivers have even reported cutting safety corners intentionally, like by not buckling seatbelts or speeding, to try to save time and stick to the cut-throat schedules set by Amazon. 
  • They’re under A LOT of pressure: These drivers usually have eye-watering quotas tied to compensation and performance reports. That has upped the ante for some Amazon delivery drivers, hinging their earnings and employment on fulfilling delivery quotas that some industry watchdogs have called excessive, unreasonable, and even abusive. 
  • Their crashes could invoke liability for Amazon: When DSPs wreck, Amazon may share fault for the wreck and its resulting damages. Although Amazon has teams of lawyers focused on fighting this liability, skilled Amazon accident attorneys know how to push back and establish fault in and outside the courtroom.

While these facts may help you make prudent choices when you’re sharing the roads with Amazon delivery drivers, experienced legal counsel can be invaluable if you’re ever hit by an Amazon delivery truck or van.