New Law Aimed at Reducing Unsecured Load Truck Accidents in Ohio
Posted in: Truck Accidents
If you need to move your family to a new home or transport goods from one office to another, you may need to use a rental truck for your projects. Rental trucks are not the same as your average sedan; in fact, they can be twice the size of the car you regularly drive. That is why it’s important to exercise caution while operating one of these vehicles. Any negligence while driving a rental truck can cause devastating consequences.
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It’s easy to rent a truck – almost anyone who is over 20 years old and has a driver’s license can do it. In fact, some rental companies don’t even care if you are that old. Sometimes you can rent a truck if you’re 18 years old and have a driver’s license. Companies don’t require drivers to have a CDL or be trained to drive a large truck. The person renting the truck is not given a course or even a brochure on how to operate the truck safely to avoid accidents.
Rental trucks range from around 10-12 feet, and can even reach up to 26 feet in length. Even the smallest sizes are over twice the length of a regular four-door sedan. Because the tractor is attached to a huge box, it doesn’t have a rearview mirror. Instead, a driver must rely on the two side mirrors. Using only these mirrors can be difficult for an inexperienced truck driver.
Many truck rental companies don’t even rent out their fleet. They usually let a licensed third-party business rent the trucks. That third-party company keeps the trucks on their lot, and the person who handles the rentals may not actually work for the company that owns the truck.
Because these trucks are often rented to handle heavy jobs, they withstand a lot of abuse from people who don’t actually own them and therefore don’t feel the need to be careful with them. The trucks may not be serviced frequently enough to keep them in working condition. The trucks’ engines, tires, brakes, and other parts must be checked and upgraded regularly to deal with the wear and tear they suffer.
A person driving a rental truck can cause an accident through a number of negligent driving acts, such as:
A passenger car is no match for a large truck. Being hit by one of these vehicles can cause extensive damage to your car, not to mention what it can do to you or your passengers.
Truck rental companies often offer coverage plans to the driver in case the truck is damaged while in their care. A driver’s personal auto insurance plan may not cover them when they are driving a rental car or truck, which is why they can choose to get additional overage from the company. Rental companies may offer the following coverage options:
Because these coverage options are an additional cost, drivers may be inclined to purchase only the damage waiver or forgo the extra protection entirely. Therefore, if they cause your accident, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit.
A driver’s careless actions often put them at fault for an accident. This is not always the case, though. Others who could be liable include:
After a rental truck accident, you must explore your legal options. If the driver of the truck bought the extra SLI insurance, you could explore a settlement with the insurance company to cover your property damage and medical bills. If the driver didn’t get the additional coverage, you may need to work with their personal insurance company. Should a driver’s plan not cover them when they’re driving a rental, a personal injury lawsuit is a viable option.
No matter what route you want to take, it is vitally important to contact a truck accident attorney to help you through your case.
When you’re hurt in a rental truck accident, there are different outlets you may need to explore to ensure the responsible party pays for your damages. But where do you start? You may not know, but the experienced attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick do.