We have all seen the army of Amazon delivery drivers throughout metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia. They can be in box trucks, delivery vans or even passenger vehicles. With the sheer number of deliveries being made by Amazon every day, one may wonder how many vehicle accidents involving these drivers occur on any given day. A recent article by ProPublica highlighted the retail giant Amazon and its policy regarding auto accidents involving delivery drivers.
Many of the deliveries made by Amazon are by drivers that are independent contractors, versus those with commercial delivery companies such as UPS or FedEx, or regular employees. The reason Amazon has chosen to use so many contractor drivers over the recent years is to cut costs. This is because using contractors does not involve the overhead costs that are involved with regular employees.
The ProPublica article noted that since June of 2015, there have been more than 60 accidents involving the Amazon delivery drivers that resulted in very serious injuries. Ten of these accidents were fatal. These numbers were based on the limited data that was available, so there is a high likelihood of many more unreported accidents.