Hiring a professional moving company can sometimes cost thousands of dollars depending on the distance, number of belongings, and company prices.
Renting a box truck to move everything yourself is not only more convenient than using a regular car but is also usually much less expensive.
However, most companies only have valid license and age requirements, so inexperienced people can rent moving trucks without realizing the potential dangers.
Moving trucks are much larger and heavier, making them harder to maneuver and guide than a regular car. Furthermore, because of the large box-size without windows, there are many more blind spots, so you can’t see behind yourself while driving in addition to lowered visibility. An inexperienced driver may not realize whether anything is wrong as well. For example, there have been cases where the back latch was not securely fastened, and items spilled out. This can cause severe accidents for other drivers on the road and could cause immense traffic jams.
Driving a moving truck requires:
- Using additional caution
- Making wider turns
- Taking note where your blind spots are
- Guidance when backing out, as you will not be able to see behind your rental
- Driving slowly and patiently
- Carefully maneuvering the large size of the truck when driving through narrow streets
- Securing the back latch securely to avoid belongings spilling out
- Paying close attention to your surroundings
- Adhering to the rules of the road
Who Is Liable?
If a company allows someone without a valid license to rent one of their trucks, they could be held liable for injuries following an accident. Likewise, if a company rents to someone who has clearly been drinking or under the influence of drugs, they will not escape liability. Furthermore, they are required to complete a safety check prior to renting to make sure that the latch, lights, and brakes are in proper working condition. Companies are required to upkeep and maintain their trucks. Proving that a company was negligent in the rental process or inspection could allow you to sue them following a wreck.
On the other hand, the driver of the moving truck can also be liable. Just like driving a regular car, drivers must abide by the laws and drive safely. Inexperience and the fact that the rental company properly rented a truck to the driver, does not mean that the driver won’t be held liable for his own negligence or mishandling of driving a rental truck. Because moving trucks are much harder to drive than a regular car, you must be confident in your ability to drive one and take all the precautions listed above. Otherwise, you should thoroughly consider spending the extra money on professional movers to avoid an accident, injuries, and possible liability.
Contact Our Attorneys
If you or a close family member has been involved in a moving truck accident, you should contact our skilled attorneys as soon as possible to see what we can do for you. We will be able to review and evaluate the unique facts of your case and let you know what your options are to pursue a suit. Call us at (716) 907-7777 today for a free consultation.