Moving Truck Collisions
When most of us think of truck accidents, we typically picture collisions involving big rig trucks.
While these accidents can certainly be devastating, collisions caused by moving trucks may also result in serious injuries.
Rental Trucks vs. Moving Company Trucks
The parties that may be responsible for moving truck sideswipe collisions vary depending on whether the truck is:
Owned by the moving company. If the driver responsible for the accident is an employee of the moving company that owns the truck, both the driver and his employer may be held liable. Typical causes of these collisions include:
- Distracted driving. If the driver of a moving truck is texting, eating while driving, or staring at screens rather than the road ahead, these distractions may result in a collision.
- Speeding. Speeding is always dangerous, but it’s particularly hazardous when the offending vehicle is a large truck.
- Drowsy driving. Many moving truck drivers spend long hours on the road, resulting in fatigue that impairs judgement and slows reaction times.
- Drug or alcohol use. Substance use can cause truckers to make mistakes that lead to severe accidents.
Rented to a customer. If a customer rents and drives the moving truck, the renter is generally held liable for any damages or injuries resulting from an accident. However, the moving truck rental company may be responsible for a collision when:
- The truck is rented to an unlicensed driver.
- The rental company is guilty of negligent entrustment, which is providing a truck to an incompetent or unfit driver.
- The company rented a truck to a driver who was obviously intoxicated or on drugs.
- The truck rental company failed to inspect and maintain critical components of the vehicle, such as the steering system, brakes, or tires.
You Deserve Compensation
If you were injured in a collision with a moving truck, you’re entitled to compensation to help your health and financial recovery. You may receive damages for your medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
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