United Van Lines: Charlotte Accident Lawyers

United Van Services was founded in 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. United Van Lines initially focused on return cargo shipments for other independent moving companies transporting goods between cities. The company struggled to survive during the Great Depression. Eventually, the original owners incorporated a new entity called United Van Lines and moved their headquarters to St. Louis, Missouri. United Van Lines now controls over 3,000 moving trucks and employs over 5,500 van drivers. They are primarily focused on transporting domestic household goods and office/commercial products throughout northern America.

Accidents Involving United Van Lines Vehicles

If you have been seriously injured in an accident with a truck from United Van Lines or any other company, you will have extensive damages. Due to the heavy weight and large size of commercial vehicles, passenger vehicle occupants can become crushed in collisions. Accidents involving commercial vehicles can cause traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, severe burns, and death. They can also cause your vehicle to be completely totaled.

Dealing with an insurance company after a commercial vehicle accident can be challenging. A personal injury lawyer can help you get your claim resolved so you can begin the process of getting your life back on track.

Moving Truck Accident Liability

Most people involved in moving truck accidents feel that the driver was solely responsible for the injuries and damages. However, this is not always the case. While the moving truck driver may have played a role in the accident, other parties are likely at fault. After investigating your accident, your lawyer can help you determine who was at fault for the accident. If multiple people caused the moving truck accident, you could pursue damages from all of them.

Driver Inexperience and Fatigue

Driver inexperience and fatigue is a common cause of truck accidents. Many commercial drivers work long hours. Even though the federal government and the state of North Carolina regulate the trucking industry, drivers may ignore the safety regulations. For example, a driver may fail to take the required breaks to get to the destination faster. As a result, the driver may become fatigued and fall asleep at the wheel or make a mistake due to tiredness.

Driving a commercial vehicle requires unique skills and training. In some cases, trucking companies fail to ensure that their drivers have all of the training they need to drive large vehicles safely. An inexperienced driver who is driving a larger commercial vehicle may not understand that the vehicle requires a greater stopping distance. Inexperienced drivers may not know that they have multiple, large blind spots.

Poor Maintenance of the Moving Truck

Rental truck companies are notorious for not keeping their vehicles well maintained. They often allow their moving trucks to fall to the wayside when it comes to regularly scheduled maintenance. A company may try to find loopholes in the federal regulations governing commercial truck companies. When companies overlook the inspections of their rental vehicles or ignore signs that something is wrong with them, they put others at risk for damages, accidents, injuries, and wrongful death. When a moving truck company has ignored its duty to maintain its vehicles safely, it can be held liable.

Equipment Malfunction

If the equipment on a moving truck caused the accident, it is possible that the victim can hold the manufacturer of the equipment partially responsible for the damages. Accidents involving equipment malfunction can quickly become complicated. If you suspect that equipment malfunctioned in your accident, we recommend you discuss your case with a lawyer soon as possible. Tracking down the equipment, maintenance logs, and any witnesses to the accident gets harder as more time passes after the accident. Your lawyer will subpoena the records and evidence needed to prove that equipment malfunction caused the accident.

Discuss Your Case With a Skilled Charlotte Lawyer

Being involved in a semi-truck collision can shatter your dreams. Your medical bills may be mounting and you may not be able to work due to your medical recovery. If a United Van Lines driver has caused the accident that resulted in your injuries, contacting a lawyer is the first step to recovering your damages. You will need the help of an experienced commercial truck accident lawyer. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, we offer potential clients a free initial consultation. Contact us today to schedule yours.

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