Inexperienced Drivers Can Cause Accidents
Some accidents involve professional moving companies. They advertise their services, and people hire them to come to load everything up and transport it.
However, other accidents are caused by people who rent a van to move. These drivers often do not know how to operate a large vehicle, so they can make simple errors that hurt people. For example, they might not understand how long it takes a moving van to stop or they don’t appreciate the size of a van’s blind spots.
The first step after a wreck is to identify who is to blame for the accident. If you were hurt by professional movers, then you can probably sue the van driver and the moving company. However, things are different if you are injured in an accident by a person renting a U-Haul or Ryder truck.
Fortunately, most trucking companies should have insurance on the vehicle that will kick in even if you are injured by an inexperienced driver. The renter pays for this coverage as part of renting the vehicle, and they will need to show they have other insurance before the trucking company will let them reject it. However, there are many smaller rental moving companies in our state that might not extend coverage to their renter.
Moving Company’s Negligence & Truck Accidents
Federal law, 49 USC 30106 provides protection from liability for companies when their trucks are involved in accidents. This means if a careless driver slams into you with a Ryder truck, you cannot automatically turn around and sue Ryder.
However, the trucking company could be to blame in certain situations where they make an error that leads to an accident. For example, they might have been negligent by renting the truck to someone who was underage, lacked a license, or appeared intoxicated. These kinds of mistakes put the rental company on the hook.
Trucking companies like U-Haul and Ryder carry large insurance policies that should cover accidents when the company is to blame. Negotiating with them requires the help of a seasoned personal injury attorney in Atlanta.
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