Rental trucks like U-Hauls can be some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. They’re much bigger and heavier than normal cars or SUVs, and unlike semi trucks, the people driving them don’t have any special training. Whether it’s cargo falling out the back, bad maintenance, or the driver just not knowing how to handle a vehicle that size, rental truck accidents are common.
Making it through an accident can be overwhelming. In addition to the pain of your injuries, you’ll often have high medical bills and difficulty performing daily tasks while you recover. A personal injury lawyer can get you the compensation you need to get your life back to normal.
WHO PAYS FOR A RENTAL TRUCK ACCIDENT?
Like any other accident, your first source of compensation will be insurance. If you have a car insurance policy, your personal injury protection, or PIP, benefits will cover medical bills and lost wages up to your policy limit. PIP covers any accident where you’re injured by a car or truck, even if you’re a pedestrian.
However, PIP has limits. First, it will never cover more than your policy limit, even if your medical bills total more than the policy cap. Second, PIP doesn’t cover pain and suffering, emotional trauma, or disability, all of which are common in major accidents. You will need to file a lawsuit to get fully compensated for these things.
SUING FOR A RENTAL TRUCK ACCIDENT
The most common person to sue in a rental truck accident is the driver who rented the truck. Like in any other personal injury case, the question is whether the driver was at fault for the accident. As personal injury lawyers, we know how to build the strongest case that a driver was acting negligently by examining the accident photos, locating video or witnesses, or checking police reports, for example.
In some cases, it may also be possible to sue the rental truck company. Companies like U-Haul and Penske are legally required to keep their trucks in good operating condition. If they fail to do so and this failure causes an accident, the rental company can be found liable.
In our experience, most accident cases end in a settlement, not a jury trial. However, the amount you can get in a settlement depends on how much the other side is worried about losing at trial. The more severe your injuries and the clearer the other side’s fault, the more they’ll be willing to pay. That’s why it’s critical to build the strongest case possible and then use it to negotiate a fair settlement.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rental truck accident, contact Rosenblum Law for a free consultation today. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will assess your case and find the best strategy to get you all the compensation you deserve.