California Family Files Lawsuit Against Amazon After Their 2-Year-Old Daughter was Fatally Struck by a Delivery Driver

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A California family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amazon for the loss of their two-year-old daughter who was fatally struck by an Amazon delivery van, reports Insider.

In August 2022, the Wu family tragically lost their two-year-old daughter, who was hit by an Amazon delivery truck in the parking lot of their apartment complex in Irvine, California, according to KTLA. Now they are suing the e-commerce giant in hopes of preventing other families from experiencing a similar tragedy. 

However, according to the family’s attorney, Michael Adler, Amazon has denied any responsibility. Adler told the local outlet that Amazon claims that because the driver was hired through a third-party contractor they are not liable. Amazon has also withheld the dashcam video from the day of the incident. According to Adler, the company won’t release the video to the court without a confidentiality agreement, he told KTLA.

Adler believes this is just a tactic used by Amazon to avoid lawsuits. According to a 2019 investigation done by ProPublica,

“between 2015 and 2019, drivers delivering packages for Amazon had been involved in at least 60 car crashes that caused serious injury,”

reports reveal. In each incident, Amazon denied responsibility for the delivery driver’s actions citing agreements from third parties that state that they will

“defend, indemnify and hold harmless Amazon.”

Adler says he will continue to fight for his clients.

“We have the resources. We have the ability to fight them — but what happens to the next and the next and the next?”

Alder asked, according to KTLA.

“We don’t want that to happen to our client in this case, but we don’t want it to happen to anyone in the future,”

he added. 

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