Can I Sue a Moving Truck Company?
Moving truck accidents can be some of the most devastating types of car accidents due to the large size of vehicles involved. In one catastrophic moving truck accident, a large moving truck overturned on the road. The truck driver allegedly headed south on the freeway when it ran off the right side of the road. The driver lost control, and the truck overturned. The moving truck accident resulted in a fatality. This incident shows us that it only takes seconds for a moving truck accident to cause a fatality or catastrophic injury.Discuss Your Case With a Moving Truck Lawyer Today
Have you been injured in a moving truck accident in North Carolina? If so, we recommend discussing your case with a lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation through an insurance settlement or a personal injury lawsuit. Trying to negotiate with the insurance company while recovering from a serious injury can be difficult, if not impossible. It is never too early to contact one of the skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, to schedule your free initial consultation. Our clients can rest assured that we will begin negotiating with the insurance company and investigating your accident.Suing the Moving Truck Company
There could be one or more parties at fault for your injuries in your case. The best thing you can do is discuss your case with an experienced attorney to investigate the facts and determine who was at fault. In North Carolina, we have many good moving truck rental companies in the area, including Ryder, U-Haul, Penske, and Budget. When moving truck accidents happen, the victims often want to know whether they have a right to sue the rental truck company involved in the accident. The answer is typically no. You cannot sue the rental truck company. However, the person driving the rental moving trucks insurance will typically cover the losses involved in the accident.
When rental moving companies rent out a truck to a customer, they should check that the driver has an auto insurance policy. Moving companies often add insurance to the driver renting the vehicle. Unfortunately, just because the driver has insurance does not mean it will be easy for you to obtain a fair settlement agreement. You need an experienced attorney on your side who negotiated aggressively with the insurance company to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve. There are a few cases in which you may be able to bring a lawsuit directly against the rental moving truck company, including the following:
- Background check: The rental company did not check to ensure the customer had a valid driver's license or do any background check. If the driver had an invalid driver's license or multiple DUIs on their driving record, you might be able to bring a lawsuit against the moving truck rental company.
- Negligent maintenance: Owners of rental trucks have a legal duty to make sure they maintain the truck, keeping it reasonably safe. if bald tires, defective breaks, or other routine maintenance issues caused the accident, you might have a right to sue the rental truck company or the maintenance professional who acted negligently
- The driver paid by the moving truck: If the driver of the moving truck is an employee of the company and was on the job when the accident occurred, you may be able to sue the rental truck company for negligent hiring. Rental truck companies have a duty to make sure their employees are trained on how to operate moving trucks safely, and they must hire employees without any red flags and their backgrounds.
The first step in recovering compensation after a moving truck accident is to determine who was at fault. In a personal injury lawsuit, the victim must prove that the defendant or defendants’ negligence caused the accident that resulted in their injuries. Every driver has a legal duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances in North Carolina.
When drivers fail to act reasonably under the circumstances, they breach their legal duty. The act of breaching the legal duty drivers owe to everyone else on the road is called negligence. Plaintiffs need to provide evidence that the at fault driver reached his or her duty of care. They also need to prove that the driver's negligence caused the moving truck accident that resulted in their injuries.Contact a Moving Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or your loved one has been injured in a moving truck accident, we can help. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, we offer our clients a free initial consultation so they can learn more about their case and ask us questions. Contact our Charlotte personal injury law firm today at 704-370-2828 to schedule your initial consultation.