If You Were Hurt in a Moving Van Accident, Contact a Moving Van Accident Lawyer Today
Moving vans are convenient for anyone needing to haul large items when they are moving. They are a cost-effective way to use a truck or van without purchasing one.
Sadly, many people who drive moving trucks are not experienced in driving large vehicles and may cause a truck accident that injures other drivers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Sometimes, truck rental companies do not properly maintain the trucks and vans. This can lead to crashes that may injure others and the driver and passengers in the moving truck.
If you were injured in a moving truck accident, or if a family member was killed, contact an experienced truck accident lawyer at Munley Law at (570) 399-0406 for a free, no-obligation consultation as soon as possible.
Who Must Compensate the Accident Victim?
There are many different kinds of commercial vehicles used for moving, including vans, trucks, and trailers. A moving company may rent moving vans and large trucks to others, or it may have employees who drive their moving trucks for you. If the company rents vehicles, it may be liable for your injuries because of truck rental liability. If the driver works for the company, it may be liable for the employee’s actions.
Regardless of how the trucking company operates, the following people and companies could be liable to compensate you for your injuries and losses:
- the company that employs drivers and the rental truck company, or
- the driver of the moving van or truck, whether he rented the vehicle or is an employee of the company
In addition, if the accident was a result of defective trucks or a defective trailer, you may be able to receive compensation because of truck or trailer manufacturer liability.
Types of Moving Van Accidents
Most rental drivers do not have a commercial driver’s license. They have little to no experience driving a large vehicle, moving van, or towing a trailer. Driver inexperience is one of the major factors in moving van crashes. The most common types of accidents involving a moving truck are:
- Blindspot collisions. Every truck has blind spots that prevent the driver from seeing other vehicles as they are passing on the driver’s side. A large moving truck has a larger blind spot than a typical truck. Inexperienced drivers may cause truck accidents when they change lanes and cause a collision with a vehicle in another lane.
- Cargo shift. Experienced drivers of a large motor vehicle know that cargo must be balanced to prevent cargo shift. Commercial truck drivers and trucking companies inspect the cargo and ensure it is balanced. When cargo shifts in a moving van or truck, it can cause a moving truck accident.
- Trailer sway accidents. Many moving van drivers have no experience towing a trailer. Because of their inexperience, they do not know how to prevent a moving trailer from swaying into the lanes of other drivers.
Causes of a Moving Truck Accident
Many drivers, including employees of moving companies, are not experienced in driving a large truck or van, or towing a trailer.
This lack of experience can lead to negligence and reckless driving that causes moving truck accidents. Negligent driving includes things like driving while distracted, speeding, and ignoring traffic and safety laws.
A moving van accident also can be caused by vehicles and trailers that are not safe. A moving van company may be negligent when their moving vans or rental trucks are unsafe for any of the following reasons:
- Failing to maintain vehicles
- Improper loading of cargo causing cargo shift
- Equipment failure
- Truck defects or other defective equipment
- Inadequate inspection of large trucks, vans, or trailers
Negligence for Not Screening or Not Training a Truck Driver
Many moving companies have poor training for truck drivers about how to avoid an accident. This is true whether the drivers are employees of the moving company or rent moving vehicles from the rental truck company.
If the driver works for the trucking company, the company must provide training so the driver will be able to operate the vehicle safely. Sadly, not all moving companies train their drivers.
Plus, it is known that truck rental companies do not inform renters of safe loading practices or cargo weights. They also do not screen drivers to assess their ability to safely maneuver a moving van or trailer.
This lack of training and information makes it common for a moving van accident to happen.
How Do I Know If the Moving Van Driver Was At-Fault?
In order to be at fault, the driver must have caused the accident by acting negligently or recklessly, such as:
- Drowsy driving, or falling asleep at the wheel
- Driving while distracted
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Ignoring traffic rules, like running a red light or speeding
- Aggressive driving
Proving negligence or recklessness is critical to obtaining the maximum compensation for your serious injuries, both in court and as part of settlement negotiations.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Prove Who Was At-Fault in a Moving Van Accident
It can be difficult to prove who caused moving van accidents. Even when it is clear who is at fault – for example, if it is clear the truck driver caused the accident – it can still be challenging to show who is responsible to compensate victims of a moving van accident.
When you file your personal injury claim against a rental company or trucking company, the insurance company representing the trucking company may deny your claim. They may argue that you are not entitled to receive compensation.
The van accidents lawyer at Munley Law can work to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. In the personal injury lawsuits our law firm handles, we investigate the accident, attack any questionable insurance coverage, build a case to prove who is at fault, and show who should be held financially responsible for the suffered injuries.
Contact a Munley Law moving truck accident lawyer for a free consultation to learn how we can help.
The Moving Van Accident Lawyers at Munley Law Have the Right Experience to Help You
We have over 60 years of experience obtaining the maximum compensation possible for victims of moving van accidents. Our experience means we advocate aggressively and effectively for you, both in settlement and in litigation.
Our experienced truck accident attorneys are skilled at negotiating settlements to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. While a settlement without courtroom litigation can be the best outcome in some circumstances, it is not always what’s best for the client. In those cases, our board-certified trial lawyers are prepared to go to trial to seek compensation you deserve. The personal injury lawyers at Munley Law have extensive experience in the courtroom. leading to significant trial victories.
Some lawyers who are not confident in the courtroom may pressure their clients to settle outside of court. Not the personal injury lawyers of Munley Law. Our legal team focuses on what is best for our clients as we provide legal advice.
FAQs About Moving Van Accidents and Lawsuits
1. What should I do if I was injured in a moving truck accident?
If you were involved in moving truck accident, as a passenger, pedestrian, or driver of another vehicle, report the accident as soon as possible to the police. Then contact a moving van accidents lawyer.
You do not have to speak to the moving truck company, the driver, or their insurance companies about the accident or your injuries. In fact, the companies sometimes try to obtain information from victims of truck accidents to reduce any amount they might be required to pay. This is why it is best to speak with an experienced moving van accident lawyer first. Your lawyer will speak to the company and their insurance company so you don’t need to.
2. Who can file a personal injury claim for injuries suffered in moving truck accidents?
Anyone injured can file a claim against the driver and the company that owns the moving trucks. In some cases, you may also be able to file a claim against the manufacturer if the accident was caused by a defective truck or trailer. You may be able to file a claim if you are:
- a driver or passenger in a rental truck,
- a passenger in a moving truck driven by the company’s driver
- a driver in other cars,
- a motorcyclist, or
- a pedestrian.
3. When must I file my lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for filing truck accident cases in Pennsylvania is two years. This means you have only two years from the time of the accident to file in court a moving van accident case. If you do not start your lawsuit in court within two years, you will not be able to sue the people or company that caused the accident. Because of this short timeframe, it is important for you to contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
4. What are common injuries suffered in moving truck accidents?
The injuries suffered in a truck accident vary based upon the size of the vehicles, how fast they was going, and weather and road conditions. Common injuries include:
- traumatic brain injuries,
- neck injuries,
- broken bones,
- spinal cord injuries, and
- other serious physical injuries
5. How much compensation can I get in a truck accident lawsuit?
You may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses for your medical treatment
- Damage to your vehicle
- Reimbursement for emergency services
- Pain and suffering
- Current and future lost wages
A van accident lawyer can give you an estimate of the compensation you deserve after an investigation and financial analysis, considering all the following:
- the severity of your injuries,
- your medical costs,
- how long-lasting your injuries will be,
- the cause of the accident,
- the amount of insurance coverage available from the at-fault party
5. How much does it cost to establish an attorney client relationship and pursue a truck accident lawsuit?
At Munley Law, we will provide a free case evaluation, review your case, determine fault, negotiate with the at-fault parties, file a lawsuit, and represent you in court, without any upfront cost to you. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that when we accept your case and establish an attorney-client relationship, we don’t get paid until you receive compensation.
6. Do I need an accident lawyer?
Yes, almost always, especially if your medical bills are high and your injuries are serious. Because of the two-year window for filing a truck accident lawsuit, it is crucial to discuss the accident with a moving van accident lawyer as soon as possible.
In order to receive compensation for your injuries, you must prove the driver or company caused your severe injuries through negligence or recklessness. A skilled moving van accidents lawyer can help you do this.
You must also show the at-fault party is required to pay for your losses. The experienced attorneys at Munley Law can help, starting with their free case evaluation.
Our law firm works to collect evidence to show who caused your injuries. We also handle all discussions with witnesses and other attorneys. Most importantly, we negotiate and advocate to protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
The sooner you hire a skilled local law firm, the more effectively your case can be resolved
Call for your free consultation today.
If you or a loved one were injured in a rental truck accident, call today for a free legal consultation. We can provide legal help and explain your legal rights.
After conducting a free case review, we can help you understand whether you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and how much you might receive. We are here to help.
Call (570) 399-0406 or contact Munley Law today for a free consultation, with no obligations, to discuss your legal options.