If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a U-Haul driver, you may be able to build a case against the driver or another liable party and hold them responsible for your losses. It can be difficult to sort out these cases and identify the liable parties, so a U-Haul truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to help you manage your case and navigate this process on your behalf.
You can speak with a team member from Distasio Law Firm today. We provide complimentary consultations and case evaluations for accident victims. Call (813) 259-0022 now to get started.
U-Haul Drivers Often Lack Experience with Large Vehicles
A person rents a U-Haul truck because they do not have a vehicle large enough to haul the cargo they need to move. This means the driver of a rental truck likely lacks experience driving a large vehicle and may be more likely to make careless or reckless mistakes.
If a U-Haul driver acted negligently and caused your accident, you may be able to hold them responsible and recover compensation. At Distasio Law Firm, we can handle this process for you, including investigating the accident, gathering evidence, and proving your case to the insurer or in court.
We believe accountability is important in traffic accident cases. We will invest the financial resources and time needed to develop a strong case and seek financial recovery for you.
You can learn more about the services offered by Distasio Law Firm and how we may be able to help with your U-Haul truck collision claim by speaking with a team member today.
Liability in a U-Haul Truck Accident Case
A U-Haul truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can identify the liable party and the applicable insurance policy in your U-Haul truck accident. This may be more complex than it seems because these vehicles do not have the same types of insurance available as other vehicles, either in a car accident case or a commercial vehicle accident case.
In many truck accident cases, the liable party is the truck owner or the company that employs the driver. This is because an employer can be vicariously liable for their employee’s negligence when they are working within the scope of their job at the time they cause an accident, as affirmed by the Legal Information Institute (LII).
However, the drivers of U-Haul trucks are generally not employees driving trucks for a living. Instead, they have paid to rent these large trucks. U-Haul and other truck rental companies provide several types of insurance coverage to renters. This includes:
- A policy to protect the truck
- A policy to protect their contents once in the truck
- A liability policy to cover damages suffered by victims of an accident
In general, the driver’s personal auto policy will not include rental trucks or other cargo vehicles. Credit card coverage does not cover this type of rental vehicle, either. This is why some companies require the driver to provide proof of a policy that will cover it or purchase the additional policies during their rental.
We will need to identify their coverage and pursue a claim based on it, in many cases. We may also have a case against U-Haul if there is evidence they should not have rented the truck to the negligent driver, such as a poor driving record or signs they were not fit to drive when they picked up the truck.
To learn more, call Distasio Law Firm today at (813) 259-0022. We can answer your questions and review your case for free.
Recoverable Damages Following a Rental Truck Accident Case
Distasio Law Firm may be able to negotiate a settlement that fairly compensates you for your accident-related expenses and losses, including both economic and non-economic losses. If we can negotiate an agreement with the insurer, this will result in an out-of-court settlement and allow us to avoid taking the case to court.
In some cases, we cannot reach an out-of-court settlement, or there are other reasons why it is necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit. When this occurs, we may need to present the evidence at trial and ask the court to award a fair payout.
The damages available in a truck accident case may include:
● Current and future medical care and all expenses related to the accident injuries
● Current and future lost income
● Diminished earning capacity
● Vehicle repairs and replacement of personal property
● Other expenses related to the accident
● Pain and suffering damages
● Mental anguish
● Other non-economic losses
● Wrongful death damages as allowed under state statutes
Statute of Limitations on Filing a Civil Case After a U-Haul Collision
Every state’s statute of limitations outlines the deadline for filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. It is imperative that we meet the applicable deadlines in a civil case because our client could lose the right to take civil action if we do not.
This could include being barred from taking the case to court and receiving a payout via court award. Notify Distasio Law Firm about your accident and let us review your case as early as possible. Call us as soon as your injuries are stable and your treatment allows.
Talk to a U-Haul Accident Team Member Today
A U-Haul truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may represent you on a contingency basis if we believe we can help you with your case. We may offer our services with no upfront cost following your initial case assessment.
A truck accident team member from Distasio Law Firm is waiting to discuss your collision with you today. We may be able to help you identify the liable party or parties, understand what caused your accident, and seek compensation. We understand these cases are complicated and frustrating, and you need to focus on healing and getting your life back.
Call (813) 259-0022 to get started with your complimentary consultation and accident assessment.