Amazon Van Accident Lawsuit Claims Amazon's Driver Monitoring Tech Makes the Company Liable in Van Accident
According to a news report on businessinsider.com, a man suffered severe spinal injuries and is now paralyzed following an accident with an Amazon van.
The plaintiff suffered severe brain and spinal cord injuries as a result of the Amazon van accident. The victim has filed a lawsuit accusing Amazon of using surveillance technology that causes their drivers to rush deliveries resulting in traffic accidents. Amazon representatives deny liability for delivery accidents since the company does not “directly employ the drivers.” However, the accident injury lawsuit asserts that because Amazon monitors the drivers and uses a driver surveillance system, the company becomes liable. Amazon contracts with a network of small delivery companies known as Delivery Service Partners (DSPs).
The victim’s lawyer contended that Amazon’s monitoring technology “forced drivers to rush to the point it was unsafe.” The lawsuit also alleges that when an Amazon driver falls behind on their delivery schedule, they receive critical text messages from an Amazon employee. The accident injury lawsuit states that the Amazon contractor van was speeding at the moment of impact.
..."The victim has filed a lawsuit accusing Amazon of using surveillance technology that causes their drivers to rush deliveries resulting in traffic accidents."
DSPs and other Amazon drivers have submitted complaints about the pace at which Amazon’s targets require them to deliver packages. Amazon’s monitoring system monitors drivers through an app that scores the drivers based on their driving, and through AI-powered cameras mounted inside the delivery vans.
According to University of Miami law professor Andrew Elmore, “whether Amazon is vicariously liable as an employer because of the control it has over the driver.” Amazon “had a lot of control, and it could be held liable.”
The legal case might shed new light on Amazon’s driver monitoring systems. Amazon has petitioned the court to seal information concerning its technology. Amazon attorneys argued that its technology qualifies as trade secrets.
According to the report, the DSP, the DSP’s insurance carrier, and the delivery driver were all named as defendants in this lawsuit. This is not the first Amazon delivery truck accident injury lawsuit asserting that Amazon needs to assume more accountability for its delivery drivers.
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