Virginia moving truck accident attorneys
A fully loaded moving truck weighs up to 25,000 pounds, but you don’t need a commercial license to drive one. Additionally, these 26-foot moving trucks are bulky and difficult to handle. If the driver doesn’t know how to operate it correctly, an unsafe lane change or other risky maneuver can lead to a devastating collision.
Whether your accident was caused by a driver employed by a moving company or someone who rented a moving truck to do the job himself, the driver and the company that owns the truck have a responsibility to take precautions to protect everyone on the road.
If you were harmed in an accident caused by a negligent moving truck driver, our team at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will file a claim to help you get the money you need to cover the cost of your injuries and other expenses resulting from the crash.
Call our Virginia truck accident lawyers at (804) 413-6777 to schedule a FREE consultation today.
Moving furniture is a demanding job that doesn’t often pay well. Moving companies have high employee turnover rates because their employees frequently suffer work-related injuries, or they find better paying jobs.
Anyone with a driver’s license can legally drive a large bobtail moving truck, but it isn’t easy. These trucks have huge blind spots, and they’re difficult to maneuver. With a focus on making more money, moving companies may hand over the keys to these large box trucks to drivers who have minimal training or experience. And they don’t always do sufficient background checks to make sure their drivers have a safe record.
The moving company employee who drives the truck is typically also a mover. He lifts and carries heavy objects for several hours every day, which is exhausting work. This can certainly impair his ability to drive safely. Further, movers are often pressured by their employers to complete jobs quickly, so they can get on to the next one.
Factors that contribute to moving truck crashes include:
- Lack of safety training
- Negligent hiring
- Poor truck maintenance
- Fatigued driving
- Distracted driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Improper turns
- Overloaded trucks
If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligent driver of a rental truck, the leasing company is probably exempt from liability. Unless the accident was caused by mechanical failure, or the moving company rented a truck to someone who was clearly unfit to drive, such as an intoxicated driver, the driver is liable for any damages he causes.
Anyone 18 or older with a valid driver’s license can rent a 26-foot moving truck in Virginia. These trucks are awkward and unwieldly, and operating one is a lot more dangerous than driving a car or even a big pickup truck. Frequent causes of rental truck collisions include blind spot accidents, failure to brake in time, and backing into pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, and cars.
If you were harmed in a collision with a moving truck, the insurance company probably isn’t going to offer you a fair settlement. Insurance companies are typically dedicated to improving their profit margin.
Your personal injury lawyer will investigate the accident and examine your medical records, so we can present the other side with a claim that represents the true cost of your injuries. If the insurance company won’t make a serious offer, our team at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys is always ready to take them to court.
When an insurance company discovers you have experienced trial attorneys on your side, they’ll probably make a reasonable offer that covers the following types of expenses:
- Current and future medical bills
- Ambulance rides
- Lost income
- Physical therapy
- Ongoing nursing care
- Loss of earning potential
- Wrongful death
Moving trucks have a lot of mass and a high center of gravity. When they collide with a regular passenger vehicle or roll over onto an automobile passenger, catastrophic injuries are likely to result. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment. Victims who suffer paralysis or brain damage may never completely heal.
Our clients often endure the following types of injuries in accidents caused by large trucks:
- Bone fractures
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord damage
- Severe burns
- Neck and back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries/whiplash
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Nerve damage
If you were harmed by somebody’s careless actions, then you shouldn’t have to pay your own medical bills or lose wages. Our founders Ken Gibson and John Singleton consider it a calling to help accident victims get the money they need to put their lives back together. And we will serve you with extraordinary compassion because we’ve been there ourselves.
Call GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys at (804) 413-6777 to learn more today. With our no-fee guarantee, we don’t get paid until you do.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.