Moving trucks are a common sight throughout the country. They can be rented from quite a few different companies and come in multiple sizes. But regardless of size, trucks have one thing in common: You don’t need a special license to legally operate one. That means people who may usually drive small sedans find themselves driving vehicles up to 26 feet long for the first time.
When inexperienced drivers get behind the wheel of massive moving trucks, accidents are common. After all, many drivers have never operated such a large vehicle, and are unfamiliar with how they drive, their blind spots, and other factors that affect the safety of the moving truck. While national data regarding moving truck accidents are difficult to find, it’s safe to say that these accidents are too common.
When moving truck accidents do happen, they can cause serious damage. These trucks are often packed with furniture and other household goods, making them heavy. Plus, these trucks are often higher from the ground than average cars. That means when they collide with another vehicle, the collision can result in severe injuries, property damage and other losses.
If you have been involved in a wreck with a moving truck, you have legal options. The experienced lawyers at Auger & Auger have successfully represented victims of truck accidents throughout the Southeast for over 26 years. We know what it takes to help you get the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (800) 559-5741 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a moving truck accident lawyer today.
After an accident with a moving truck, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the lower your chances of getting the full compensation you deserve. First and foremost, there is a statute of limitations (time limit) that dictates how long you have to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses. This time limit varies by state.
What’s more, once you contact our lawyers and we decide to take on your case, we will immediately start an investigation into the wreck. That way, we can gather the evidence before it disappears. We can also reach out to any witnesses before they forget what happened. Without evidence and witnesses, it is much more difficult to build your case.
After the wreck, you will need to call your insurance company and report it. Speak to one of our lawyers first; we can help you report the right facts to the insurer, and at the same time not hurt your chances of getting full compensation. The insurance company may send you a settlement offer, and if you accept it, you forfeit your right to seek greater compensation. Before you talk to the insurance company or sign anything, call our office for a free case evaluation.
As we mentioned before, one of the top reasons that moving trucks are involved in wrecks is that the drivers of these vehicles are highly inexperienced handling a truck of that size. That automatically makes them more dangerous than usual to other drivers on the road. What’s more, after a full day of loading up a truck, the driver may be exhausted and not physically or mentally ready to handle such a large vehicle.
In some cases, people will hire a moving company, which will provide a driver. In general, these drivers will have the proper training to handle moving trucks in neighborhoods, on highways, and in tight spaces. However, some moving companies do not provide proper training, which can lead to wrecks. They may also not maintain their vehicles properly, which can lead to mechanical malfunctions.
Of course, just like with any kind of vehicle accident, a moving truck collision can be caused by distracted driving, speeding, intoxicated driving, and other issues. In most cases, the driver themselves will be held responsible for the wreck. However, if the accident is caused by a foreseeable mechanical issue or by the moving company driver’s negligence, the company themselves can be held liable.
Like other commercial vehicle accidents, getting the compensation you deserve after a wreck with a moving truck can be difficult. Many large moving companies and owners of moving trucks have the resources to hire a team of lawyers to defend them after a collision. In addition, the insurance company covering the company will fight tooth and nail to reduce the amount of compensation you receive after a wreck.
That’s why you need an experienced team of attorneys on your side to fight for your right to compensation. At Auger & Auger, we have the skills and experience to take on the insurance company. We’re intimately familiar with their tactics. In fact, partner Arlene P. Auger started her career working for insurance companies before she started representing victims of truck accidents.
When you call our moving truck accident lawyers, we’ll fully evaluate your case to determine how much compensation you may be owed. This compensation may be for:
There are a variety of other losses we may be able to help you recover. The only way to know what type of compensation you may be entitled to is to call us at (800) 559-5741 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a moving truck accident lawyer today.