For many individuals, moving can be an exciting time rife with the possibility of new opportunities for friendship, work and activities. For others, it can be stressful and chaotic to box up belongings into a rented truck or commercial moving company’s truck and leave their home behind. Amidst the chaos, there’s the possibility of the movers being involved in an accident. For victims injured by a moving truck or van, it may be unclear who is at fault for the accident. In this blog, our Kansas City personal injury attorney will explore possible avenues to determine who is at fault for your accident.
Many commercial moving companies hire inexperienced college aged students to operate their business. This practice allows them to pay their labor pool less and pass the savings on to their customers or themselves. Drivers of the company’s truck may be inexperienced or inadequately trained. Other times, moving companies delay proper vehicle maintenance, which can cause brakes, tires, and fluids to wear down. A poorly maintained truck could be at ricks of brake failure, or tire failure. Other common reasons commercial moving trucks get into accidents is driver fatigue. Commercial drivers have times they are required to take rest breaks and any driver who knowingly works over these times, would be driving negligently.
Rented Moving Trucks
If you were involved in an accident by a rented moving truck, the driver of the truck would likely be the person liable for the incident. Victims would go through the responsible party’s personal auto insurance to cover any damages. There are exceptions to this rule. For instance, some rental companies offer extra insurance called “supplemental liability coverage.” If the renter purchased this coverage before their accident, than the insurance company responsible for insuring the truck could be held liable for any injuries or damages incurred by the moving truck. If the driver who rented the truck did not have personal insurance at the time of the accident, and they did not buy the extra insurance from the moving company, than you may be able to pursue claims against the rental moving company claiming that that renting to an uninsured driver was negligence.
Injured? Contact Presley & Presley, LLC.
At Presley & Presley, LLC., we understand the stress, trauma and pain you must be going through after sustaining injuries from an negligent truck driver. As bills pile up and you remain unable to work due to your injuries, you may begin to wonder, why should I be the one responsible for paying these bills? No one deserves to have their livelihood threatened or their finances drained as a result of a careless driver. Let our team of Kansas City injury lawyers help you get the compensation you need to pay your current and future medical bills, cover your lost wages and repay you for the property damaged in the accident. Our team works on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay us unless we win your case. You’ve got nothing to lose, call 816.931.4611 and schedule your free consultation.