Know Where To Turn After An Accident With A Rental Truck
Rental truck companies like U-Haul and Penske offer convenient access to moving vehicles for people who are relocating. Unfortunately, anyone with a driver’s license can rent one of these vehicles – even if they have no training or experience driving a large truck or hauling a heavy load.
When you are injured in a serious accident with a rented moving truck, it is hard to know what to do next or where to turn. For over 50 years, attorneys at the law office of Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, have been guiding victims through the confusion that follows these kinds of accidents. We are committed to getting the best possible outcome for our clients.
Why Accidents Involving Rental Trucks Happen So Often
There are numerous possible factors that can contribute to an accident involving a rental truck. Some of the most common issues include:
- Driver errors, including speeding and failing to obey traffic signals, are a serious issue. Rental truck drivers who are following another vehicle during a move may be particularly prone to these kinds of dangerous mistakes.
- Driver negligence, including things like distracted driving or drowsy driving, is common. Drivers in the middle of a big move may be too exhausted to safely take the wheel. Others may be so focused on their GPS or cellphones that they forget to watch the road.
- Inexperienced drivers are always a problem. They may lose control of a trailer while turning, not recognize the blind spots the vehicle has while changing lanes or roll a vehicle when going around a curve.
- Improperly loaded cargo is a constant hazard. Most of the people who rent moving trucks have no idea how to load one properly to avoid a cargo shift that can cause them to lose control of the vehicle while driving.
- Poorly maintained or defective vehicles, including those with balding tires or worn brakes, can be the cause of a wreck even with a good driver at the wheel of a rental truck.
A rental truck’s size and weight make it a potentially lethal hazard on the road. An accident involving a rental truck is a huge financial burden on the victims and their families. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the average cost of a fatal accident with a rental truck is $10,000,000 once all of the losses are calculated.
Let An Experienced Truck Attorney Help You
One of the most important tasks a truck accident lawyer has is determining who is at fault for these kinds of accidents. The responsibility could lie with the driver, the rental company or the maintenance company that services the vehicles. The insurance companies all want to avoid paying.
This is where the skill and experience of the lawyers at Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, benefit our clients. We know that the insurance companies will all have investigators on the scene of an accident as soon as possible. That is why our lawyers are available to clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We urge all truck accident victims to seek legal representation as quickly as possible.
We never expect cases involving rental trucks to be easy. We do aim to make things as easy as possible for our clients. If you have been in an accident with a rental truck, contact us online or call our Cincinnati, Ohio, office at 513-838-4562 for a free consultation.