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Kent Moving Truck and Van Accident Lawyers

  1. Accidents with a Moving Van Compared to a Regular Car Accident
  2. Determining Liability
  3. Recovering Damages
  4. Contact Herschensohn Law After a Moving Truck or Van Crash

At some point in your life, you will likely need to rent a moving truck or van to assist with your move. These large vehicles are easy to rent, and if you have a driver’s license, you can legally drive one, even if you have never operated a large vehicle before. However, driving one of these vehicles is not the same as driving your personal car or truck.

Moving vans can be more difficult to operate because of their size and the weight of the cargo they carry. With all these factors, an accident involving a moving truck or van can cause serious and sometimes even fatal injuries. If you or a loved one was involved in an accident with a moving truck or van, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. If the driver of the other vehicle caused the accident, they should be held liable, and in some instances, the rental company itself may be responsible.

Either way, you should not be the one left with the bill for an accident that was not your fault. At Herschensohn Law, our truck accident attorneys in Kent, Washington can help you go after the compensation you deserve following your accident.

Call us today at (206) 588-4344 for a free case evaluation.

Accidents with a Moving Van Compared to a Regular Car Accident

In short, accidents caused by moving vans and trucks do not differ from regular car accidents from a legal standpoint. It is unlikely that the rental company will be liable for any damages due to 49 U.S. Code § 30106. This law explains that rental companies are not responsible unless they are negligent or criminal in their actions. You and the driver of the rented vehicle will probably settle on any damages or injuries caused by the accident. As with any accident, you must prove that the other party was liable for the damage they caused. This could mean that they rear-ended you, failed to obey traffic signs, or crashed into you while speeding, among many other actions that could result in an accident.

Determining Liability

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After your accident, call emergency services, make a statement to the police, exchange insurance information with the other driver, and take pictures of the accident if you are in a safe place and healthy enough to do so. All of these actions will help you and your attorney determine liability for the accident. Other documentation, such as the police report and witness statements, will also play a role in naming the party responsible for the crash. Though it is unlikely, the rental company could be responsible for the accident. Rental companies must ensure that their vehicles have undergone safety tests and updates. If they failed to do so, and there was a defect that caused the vehicle to fail to operate properly, the rental company would be liable. For instance, if the brakes were not working properly, and that caused the accident, the accident was not the driver’s fault but rather a result of the rental company’s negligence. In the more likely scenario that driver error caused your accident, the individual driver is who you and your attorney will try to hold liable for the accident.
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Recovering Damages

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Accidents with large vehicles, such as moving trucks or vans, can cause significant damage to your property and your body. More severe accidents may lead to a higher financial recovery for the party who got hurt despite obeying the law. After an accident with a moving van, you could be entitled to recover compensation for: You may include anything caused by the accident in your claim or lawsuit. Insurance companies will begin contacting you shortly after your accident. During these discussions, they will look to understand what happened during the accident to determine who should be held responsible for paying for what. What you say in these conversations will help determine what damages you can recover. You must be honest during these conversations. However, these calls can be stressful, and you may feel overwhelmed by the situation. That is where an attorney can help you. They can speak to insurance companies on your behalf to ensure you are treated fairly. An attorney who has experience in insurance conversations can be the difference between a fair settlement and a disappointing one.
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Contact Herschensohn Law After a Moving Truck or Van Crash

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The damage resulting from an accident with a moving truck or van can be devastating. As medical bills pile up, you may begin to stress about the future. However, do not focus on your financial situation. Rather, focus on recovering from your injuries so you can get back to your way of life. To prevent yourself from stressing, you should contact a Kent-based truck accident attorney who can work on your behalf while you recover from your injuries. At Herschensohn Law, we work to ensure that the insurance companies treat you fairly so that you receive appropriate compensation for your damages. You should not pay for a single thing if you were not responsible for the accident or any of the damage that occurred. Our clients are our top priority. That is why we offer free consultations, and we will not charge you anything unless we win your case. We know how difficult the time following an accident can be, which is why we work to ensure that things go as smoothly for you as possible. When you are ready to receive the legal representation, you deserve following an accident with a moving truck or van, contact Herschensohn Law at (206) 588-4344. Don’t wait, as RCW § 4.16.080 limits how long we have to file a case.

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