Increases in Delivery Driver Demand This Holiday Season May Lead to More Traffic Collisions
According to Amazon, the company is hiring 150,000 seasonal employees throughout its operations network including stowing, picking, packing, shipping, and delivering customer orders.
The online giant is not the only one. USA Today reported UPS plans to hire more than 100,000 workers to help handle the holiday rush this season, in line with hiring the previous two years.
UPS said Wednesday that there will be job openings for full- and part-time seasonal positions, primarily package handlers, drivers, and driver helpers.
The company continues to streamline its job hiring process and most hires require only 25 minutes — from filling out an online application to receiving an offer — according to Danelle McCusker Rees, the president of human relations at UPS. That’s down five minutes from last year.
Heading into the busy holiday sales season, drivers interviewed by S&P Global Market Intelligence said safety, pay, and schedule pressures are contributing to worker dissatisfaction. These issues are also leading to an increase in delivery vehicle collisions in Texas and throughout the U.S., as companies consistently place profits ahead of safety.
A crash with a delivery vehicle can change your life. The bigger question becomes, who is liable for your damages? Our Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys Austin Delivery Vehicle Accident Attorneys have answers.
Who Is Liable For Delivery Vehicle Accidents In Texas?
The answer to this question is more complicated than most injury victims think. First, it depends on which company’s truck is involved in the collision.
For instance, none of Amazon’s drivers are directly employed by the company. Amazon has “flex” drivers who create their own hours and schedules. Amazon also contracts with delivery service partners, or DSPs, a network of independent businesses that employs 275,000 drivers, to provide much of its home-delivery service, according to Amazon spokesperson Maria Boschetti.
This means the driver’s insurance, the umbrella insurance provided by the DSPs, or both, may be liable for our client’s damages.
Larger shipping companies like UPS and FedEx hire some drivers directly but also contract with other delivery services to take the packages directly to mailboxes across the country. This means that the corporation or a contracted third party may be liable for our client’s injuries and damages after a crash occurs.
Our Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys can help you identify each negligent party who is liable for the collision, so you can focus on your recovery and the holidays ahead while we manage the details of your personal injury claim.
Call our skilled Austin personal injury attorneys in Texas at (512) 746-1397 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. We pursue dedicated, driven results for our clients, and there is never a charge to talk to an attorney. We stand ready to help you.