New Law Aimed at Reducing Unsecured Load Truck Accidents in Ohio
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Moving should be an exciting time. You’re packing up your family and belongings to start a new life – or business – in a fresh and exciting place. But what if you were hurt in an accident caused by a moving truck while you were on the way to start your new life?
The experienced Ohio truck accident attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have helped numerous people who have been in moving truck accidents get compensated for their injuries and damaged property.
Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to discuss your case and determine your options.
If you’ve ever moved to a new house, chances are you hired movers to help. It’s also possible you rented a truck and decided to move your belongings on your own. Rental companies offer vans and smaller box trucks that are often as easy to drive as a car.
But they also rent out large trucks that are 15, 20, or even 26 feet long, and don’t require renters to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Since the average four-door sedan is only about 14 feet long, many drivers may not understand what it’s like to drive such a big truck.
There are many differences between the truck and sedan to consider. A large truck is heavier, doesn’t have the rearview mirror that many drivers rely upon, and it’s much longer. Trucks have side mirrors, but passenger cars often drive in blind spots, so truck drivers must check blind spots carefully before turning or changing lanes.
A trained semi-truck driver who has logged thousands of hours on the road would know to do this, but would an average person renting a U-Haul for the weekend know how to, as well?
Moving truck accidents often occur because a person who has never driven a large truck rents one and doesn’t fully understand how to operate it. They may cause an accident in a number of ways:
If you’ve been in an accident with a moving van, you need to determine who was driving, because it will affect who can be held liable for the damage caused. Parties that could potentially be held responsible for moving truck accidents include:
People who rent moving trucks may not realize that their personal auto insurance policy might not cover them when they are driving a rented moving truck. If you get into an accident and you’re not covered, you’re responsible for the damage done to the other driver, and the damage done to the rental.
That’s why truck rental companies offer the purchase of a collision damage waiver (CDW) at the time of rental. While not technically insurance, this protection waives your legal liability for damage done to the rental truck while it’s in your possession.
Keep in mind, a CDW only protects a driver from being responsible for damage to a rental. It does not reduce their liability to you.
When the driver of a rental hits your car, they are personally held accountable for the damage they have done to your property and any injuries you’ve suffered.
Whether the accident was caused by someone in a rental or an employee of a moving company, you can seek damages for problems such as:
Moving truck accidents can be difficult to navigate because you need to determine who was driving the truck to figure out fault. Luckily, the attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have extensive experience with these types of accidents. We can do the leg work and prepare your case while you focus on your recovery.