Amazon Truck Accidents in Idaho

Amazon Truck Accidents in Idaho

It doesn’t matter where you live in Idaho, whether it’s Pocatello, Rexburg, Twin Falls, Grangeville, Sandpoint, or anywhere in between, you likely see your fair share of Amazon tractor-trailers or delivery vans on the roadway, delivering goods to area warehouses or homes. The danger associated with this is the risk of becoming involved in a crash with one of these vehicles. Our attorneys at Trucking Injury Law Group regularly handle Amazon truck accidents in Idaho. Let us help you if you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one. An initial consultation to discuss your rights is completely free.

What To Know About Amazon’s Presence in Idaho

In 2019, there was an announcement that a new Amazon distribution center would be opening in Nampa in 2020. At the time of the announcement, the City of Nampa announced that there would be an increase of 350 truck trips and 7,000 vehicle trips once construction was complete.

Then, in early 2021, Amazon announced that it would open a new fulfillment center in the Spokane Valley, which lies just a few miles across Idaho’s western border. At the time of the announcement, Amazon said that it intended for the 116,000 square-foot facility to create at least 1,000 new jobs and said it would receive daily trucks with items such as sports equipment, strollers, and paper goods that would go to customers in the region, including Northern Idaho.

Before these distribution or fulfillment centers existed, Amazon trucks and vans used to travel along the following interstates and business routes in transit to their final local destinations on the West Coast or out East:

  • I-15, which runs between Woodruff and Monida Pass
  • I-84, which begins in Fruitland and terminates in Black Pine
  • I-184 or US-30, which traverses Boise
  • I-86, which starts in Delco and runs through Chubbuck
  • I-90, which starts at the Idaho state line and continues on through the Lookout Pass

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the highways listed above are where Amazon delivery crashes often occur.

Crashes Involving Amazon Trucks Are on the Rise

FedEx, who used to deliver air shipments for Amazon, terminated their contract in 2019. By late 2021, Amazon executives announced that they anticipated Amazon would exceed both FedEx and UPS in terms of parcels delivered by the end of 2022, meaning you would see an uptick in their trucks and vans on the road.

Furthermore, Amazon Prime has soared in popularity in recent years, especially since it allows Prime customers within the contiguous U.S. to receive all eligible items for free within two business days. This offer has led to an uptick in sales, especially in some of the most rural parts of Idaho, where it’s often quicker and more cost-effective to get items you need this way as opposed to traveling elsewhere to get them. This increase in purchases has necessitated more Amazon trucks traveling en route to a local or more distant distribution center or traveling to customers’ homes, meaning there’s a higher potential of motorists coming into contact and colliding with them.

Why Amazon Delivery Driver Accidents Occur in Idaho

Some of Amazon’s business practices, including the following, leave Idahoans vulnerable to having a crash with its trucks:

  • Distractions: From using GPS for directions or handheld devices to scan packages and then their own personal smartphones, there are lots of electronic devices that can potentially distract Amazon truckers, taking their eyes, ears, and minds off the road and removing their hands off the steering wheel. While this data from the Idaho Transportation Department from 2021 doesn’t specify the types of vehicles involved, 18.2% of all crashes in our state that year were attributable to distracted driving. It’s not uncommon for rear-end trucking accidents to result from delivery truck drivers being distracted.
  • External pressures to deliver: Truckers find themselves in a hurry to get to and fro as they may have in excess of 100 packages to deliver daily (plus whatever they couldn’t deliver the day before or if a colleague falls behind). Amazon drivers may feel overwhelmed trying to meet unrealistic performance requirements (such as unreasonable deadlines), leading them to engage in reckless driving that results in a crash.
  • Unfamiliarity with directions: Amazon’s expansion of operations into unchartered territory has brought an influx of new residents into the area seeking employment. These are individuals who may not be familiar with directions, our roadways, and typical driving behaviors, which can lead to mistakes that result in crashes.
  • Braking concerns: Idaho has notoriously long and brutal winters. Ice can easily form on roadways. Amazon workers inexperienced in driving delivery vans or trucks may not realize how a load’s weight or how it’s secured in place affects braking distances—especially if there’s ice accumulation on the roadway.

There are likely countless other factors that may contribute to the occurrence of Amazon truck and van crashes in Idaho. Whatever the cause of your crash, you can count on us at Trucking Injury Law Group to identify it and compile the evidence necessary for you to move forward in filing a claim or lawsuit. So, contact us for a free case evaluation so we can get to work on your case today.

Can I Collect Compensation for My Injuries and Losses?

If you’re ever in a collision involving an Amazon delivery truck, you could be entitled to compensation, such as:

  • Medical bill reimbursement covers expenses linked to your injuries, such as physician visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation.
  • Lost wage compensation includes both the current income you’ve lost and potential future income.
  • Vehicle repairs reimbursement may be available if your vehicle sustains damage in the collision.
  • Pain and suffering awards allow you to collect for the physical pain, emotional distress, and suffering resulting from the accident.
  • Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be eligible for compensation for disability, disfigurement, or loss of enjoyment of life, among others.

After an accident, you will want to contact a qualified Amazon truck accident lawyer to assess your potential for compensation awards.

Speak With an Idaho Amazon Truck Accident Lawyer

Also, surviving loved ones of those who die in Amazon truck accidents in Idaho can file a wrongful death suit demanding compensation such as funeral or burial costs and losses of consortium or companionship in addition to many of the damages described above.

If you suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in an Amazon truck accident in Idaho, you undoubtedly have extensive bills already and are likely to incur others in the future. You’ll need to secure a maximum settlement to cover all these expenses. Our attorneys are confident in our ability to help you do that. Schedule a free consultation with our legal team to discuss your options today.

Noteworthy Idaho Crashes Involving Amazon Trucks in Recent Years

Some Amazon truck collisions that occurred in Idaho in recent years have left motorists and bystanders injured or that have had the potential of doing so include:

  • 6, 2021: Idaho State Police (ISP) reports show that a large Amazon tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 in Meridian near the Locust Grove overpass at around 1:30 a.m. when one of its tires blew out. That incident caused the operator of the 18-wheeler to lose control of their truck and crash into a barrier, which ruptured its fuel tank, not only setting the tractor-trailer but also the nearby brush ablaze. Fortunately, no one (the trucker included) was hurt in the incident, thanks to fire crews responding to the scene fairly quickly. It took firefighters several hours to fully extinguish the blaze.
  • 13, 2023: A chain-reaction crash led to a rollover accident along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84, just north of Kimberly and close to exit 182 around 2:20 p.m. The driver of the potato-carrying harvest semi-truck out of Kenworth rear-ended a BMW passenger car driven by a Burley resident, an impact which caused the open-air truck to roll over, releasing its load all over the roadway. The crash’s impact led the BMW to collide with an Amazon delivery driver operating a Ford transit van. In the end, paramedics life-flighted the Amazon driver to the hospital and transported the harvest truck and BMW operators to the hospital by ambulance. The crash investigation and cleanup backed up traffic for miles and ultimately left the busy roadway closed for nearly seven hours.

Understanding Liability for Amazon Truck Accidents in Idaho

As for liability, while Idaho is an at-fault state that allows you to pursue damages from the person who actually struck you, you may also be eligible to take legal action against alternate or additional parties such as:

  • Amazon as a company: This may be an option if the truck or van’s driver was a bona fide employee of the retailer
  • The contract carrier: This could be the private individual contractor or company that makes deliveries on behalf of Amazon
  • An automaker or auto parts manufacturer: This could be the case if a defective vehicle or its components caused the crash

Thus, while the crash report you have in hand may list insurance information for a driver, there may be a whole host of parties you can hold liable for your Amazon truck accident in Idaho aside from what meets the eye—the trucker or van operator.

Also, in terms of liability, Idaho is a modified comparative fault state and subscribes to a 50% rule. While we’ll describe the implications of this below, just know that this rule means that you can only recover compensation if you were less than half at fault for what occurred.

Why Choose Trucking Injury Law Group if a Crash Injured You

At the Trucking Injury Law Group, we serve clients nationwide. Our firm specializes in truck accidents. We understand the complex trucking industry claims process and litigation. Some of the reasons why you should choose our attorneys include:

  • We know the regulations: Our lawyers understand all local, state, and federal laws relevant to your case.
  • We will accurately value your damages: We assess your damages and losses to determine the true value of your claim.
  • We are fearless negotiators: We stand up to insurance companies and will advocate for the fullest possible settlement.
  • We will represent your interests in court: If necessary, we take your claim to court when insurers refuse fair compensation.
  • We always provide clear answers: We answer all your questions and explain these complicated legal matters in the clearest way possible.
  • We can handle everything: Let us manage all aspects of your legal claim or lawsuit, allowing you to focus on recovery.

We regularly handle Amazon truck accidents in Idaho and would like to support you with yours. An initial consultation with an attorney is completely free, so reach out to Trucking Injury Law Group to have a conversation about your crash and your rights so we can discuss how we can help you. Act fast, though, because there’s a two-year deadline that applies for filing claims or lawsuits against negligent parties. So, reach out to us now.