An accident involving a large vehicle, such as a moving van or truck, can result in serious and life-changing injuries. If you were hurt in such an accident, you might be experiencing physical pain that leaves you unable to work and enjoy normal activities. Your family also may be feeling financial strain due to a growing stack of bills for medical treatments and regular household expenses.
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help. For over 30 years, we have represented clients across the United States in personal injury cases, including those related to injuries caused by a moving truck or van accident. We may be able to help you seek financial compensation for your injuries, as well as pain and suffering. Contact our firm today at (800) 794-0444 to talk to a member of our staff.
How an Attorney Can Help You
Negotiating with an insurance company on your own, while dealing with physical pain from your injuries and financial and emotional stress, could cause you to accept a settlement that is less than what you may be entitled to.
An Evanston moving van truck accident lawyer might be able to help negotiate with the insurance company and take the case to court, if necessary, to seek fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries. Most firms work on a contingency-fee-basis. That means the firm will only receive a fee if they recover a financial award on your behalf, either through a settlement with an insurance company or through a verdict in a lawsuit.
Help Determining Liability
Accidents involving moving trucks can occur for a variety of reasons. Understanding what led to the accident that injured you can affect the way a firm might pursue an insurance settlement or a legal case on your behalf.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets rules regarding the qualifications of commercial vehicle operators, including age and physical requirements and minimum training. In addition, companies must inspect and maintain their vehicles.
You may be able to recover compensation from an insurance company if:
- A moving company employee was liable for the accident.
- The business employed someone who was unqualified or who had a history of driving recklessly or violating safety rules.
If something else contributed to the accident, our team could investigate to hold the appropriate party accountable.
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When the Moving Company May Be Liable
We might also investigate whether the truck or van driver was speeding, talking on a cell phone, or texting at the time of the accident and whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
If the employee had previously violated federal or state laws or company policies, we might be able to find out what type of disciplinary action, if any, was taken, and whether the moving company was negligent in allowing the employee to continue to operate its vehicles.
Moving trucks and vans are used to transport items that vary significantly in terms of size and weight. A truck or van must be loaded correctly to avoid having furniture, boxes, and other belongings shift while the vehicle is moving and cause the driver to lose control. The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may investigate to find out whether the moving truck was loaded incorrectly and if that contributed to the accident that caused your injuries.
The condition of the truck itself may have been a factor in the collision. Unfortunately, businesses sometimes cut corners when it comes to maintenance and repairs to save money and avoid delays. Our team may review the moving company’s maintenance and repair records to find out whether the business took appropriate steps to keep its vehicles in good operating condition.
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When Another Party May Be Liable
If the truck was unsafe, the moving company may or may not have been responsible. Our team might discover that the truck had a design flaw or a manufacturing defect, that a part was defective, or that repairs were performed incorrectly. Our findings could help us figure out who was liable for the accident.
If the collision occurred due to a design flaw or a manufacturing error, the truck maker might be liable. If a part was defective, the part manufacturer might be responsible for the accident that caused your injuries. If the crash occurred because a mechanic repaired the vehicle incorrectly, they could be liable.
In many cases, customers rent a moving truck to load and drive themselves. The average person does not have much, if any, experience loading a moving truck and driving such a large vehicle. If the people who loaded the moving truck did not properly secure items, or if the accident occurred because of the driver’s inexperience, the driver of a rented moving truck may be held liable, according to Statute 49 USC 30106: Rented or leased motor vehicle safety and responsibility.
It is also possible that the person operating the rented vehicle was speeding, talking on a cell phone, or texting while driving or was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In those circumstances, you may be able to seek financial compensation from that individual’s auto insurance company, and possibly from a different insurer, if the customer purchased supplemental liability coverage.
Even if a customer was driving the moving truck or van at the time of the accident, that does not necessarily mean that the driver was responsible. The moving company might be liable if it failed to inspect the vehicle thoroughly and to make any necessary repairs before renting it. The business may have acted negligently or illegally, for example, by renting a moving truck or van to a customer who did not have a valid driver’s license.
Seek Legal Help from an Evanston Moving Van Truck Accident Lawyer
The attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm might be able to help you with your case. However, you have a limited time to act, and you might benefit from calling soon. Illinois’ statute of limitations gives accident victims only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you were injured in a collision involving a moving van or truck, the sooner you contact our office at (800) 794-0444, the sooner we will be able to get to work.