Rental Truck Accident
Jed Dietrich, Esq. is a Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Buffalo, New York Representing Rental Truck Accident Victims.
Most people will find themselves in need of a rental truck sooner or later. Whether they are moving into a new home, moving a child out of the house or transporting new kitchen cupboards home from a nearby home improvement store, rental trucks can make the job much faster. Unfortunately, the ease and convenience of truck rentals increases the likelihood of rental truck accidents.
It may seem like rental truck accidents would be a rare occurrence because any individual may only rent a truck a handful of times. However, when you consider that over 300 million Americans rent trucks a handful of times, you realize just how common these accidents can be.
Besides their affordability, many rental truck companies advertise how easy the trucks are to drive. Some claim that if you can drive a SUV or minivan, then you will have no problem driving a rental truck. However, there is a great difference between driving a rental truck and driving a SUV or minivan because of the large size discrepancy between the two. As a result, this form of advertising results in a large number of underqualified drivers who rent and drive trucks and trailers that they cannot handle.
If you, or a loved one, were injured in an accident involving a rental truck, you want a top rated Buffalo, New York personal injury attorney on your side to fight for the compensation that you deserve. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s rental truck accident attorneys in Buffalo, New York are dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation they are entitled to. Call us today at 716-839-3939 for your free consultation. Remember, there is never a fee unless we win for you!
Jed Dietrich, Esq. is recognized as a Best Lawyer of America and has been the backbone of the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s success since its inception in 2005. Jed Dietrich, Esq. has tried more than 100 cases to verdict and has obtained over $175 million in damages for his clients.
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Rental trucks differ from passenger vehicles in more ways than you may realize. Of course, they are much larger in size, which can easily result in drivers misjudging how much space they occupy on the road or how much room they need to perform certain maneuvers. More than that, however, these trucks are difficult to maneuver, they have blind spots on all sides, they require more room to turn and change lanes and they take longer distances and time to come to a stop. Unless you are an experienced driver, you might find it very difficult to handle a rental truck, especially when you consider the added weight of all the items on board.
Every day, rental companies rent out trucks to people with no experience. They generally do not instruct renters on how to safely load and drive the truck because they have no incentive to do so. In some cases, there are instructions and manuals available, but very few renters actually bother to read them because they are often under the misconception that driving a truck is no different than driving an SUV or minivan. Along with this misapprehension, it is not mandatory that the individual carefully read these materials before the keys are handed to them.
Due to their size and mass, when large trucks are involved in collisions with passenger vehicles, serious injuries and even fatalities are far more probable. The same is true with rental truck collisions. In fact, from 2005 to 2010, there were 145 fatal rental truck accidents in the United States alone. With rental trucks, however, another variable is added to make the situation even more unsafe. In the case of other large trucks, the individual behind the wheel has been properly trained and licensed to drive that vehicle. This is not true in the case of rental truck operators. Perhaps the driver has some experience driving large trucks, but it is more likely that the driver has average driving experience and little to no experience when it comes to large trucks.
The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. is recognized as a Best Law Firm of America and Jed Dietrich, Esq. is recognized as a Best Lawyer of America. Our dedicated team led by highly experienced and top rated personal injury lawyer, Jed Dietrich, Esq., will pursue your claim aggressively to attempt to get you the compensation that you rightfully deserve. Contact us today at 716-839-3939. Our team of Buffalo, New York rental truck accident lawyers is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week to fight for the best results for you.
When it comes to rental truck accidents, the rental companies are rarely held responsible. Section 30106 of Title 49 of the United States Code, commonly referred to as the Graves Amendment, states that, if the owner of a motor vehicle is in the business of renting motor vehicles and is not negligent or involved in criminal activity, then they shall not be held liable, under the law of any state, “for harm to persons or property that results or arises out of the use, operation, or possession of the vehicle during the period of the rental or lease.”
|INSTANCES IN WHICH A RENTAL COMPANY IS LIABLE FOR THE ACCIDENT INCLUDE:|
|NEGLIGENT ENTRUSTMENT:||If the company knowingly rents out the truck to someone incapable of safely operating the vehicle.|
|LACK OF MAINTENANCE:||If it can be proven that the accident occurred as a result of improper maintenance.|
|RENTING UNSAFE VEHICLES:||If the company knowingly rents out a vehicle that has outlived safe utility and an accident occurs.|
|MECHANICAL DEFECTS:||If the accident is caused as a result of mechanical failure, the manufacturer or the rental company can be held liable.|
If the rental company IS NOT responsible, who is? Several other parties may be liable to you if they were a proximate cause of the injuries that you sustained. This may include the:
- Renter/driver, if the accident happened because of their negligence;
- Driver(s) of other vehicles involved in the accident, if the accident happened because of their negligence;
- Loading personnel or the moving company, if the accident happened because of improperly loaded cargo;
- Maintenance team, if the accident occurred because the vehicle was improperly maintained (for example, if the truck had worn or faulty brakes); and
- Manufacturer of the vehicle, if the accident happened because of defective parts or system malfunctions.
Our Buffalo, New York rental truck accident attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. have a stellar track record of obtaining large settlements for victims of accidents like these in Buffalo, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; Rochester, New York and throughout New York State. We can determine who may be liable to you after a rental truck accident involving multiple parties, file a claim against the party who is at fault and aggressively and tenacious work to recover damages for your injuries and pain and suffering. Contact our team today at 716-839-3939, so we can fight for the best result and compensation that you deserve.
If you, or a loved one, were involved in a rental truck accident, an insurance company will likely cover the damages that you suffered. The question of which insurance company is responsible, however, can be difficult to answer.
If the accident was caused by the renter/driver of the rental truck then the following insurance companies may be responsible for the damages that resulted from the accident:
- The renter/driver’s automobile insurance;
- Supplemental liability coverage that the renter/driver may have purchased from the rental company at the time of the rental;
- The rental company’s insurance; and/or
- Your own automobile insurance, if the renter/driver was driving underinsured or uninsured.
Insurance companies generally have a team of experts including paralegals, attorneys and claim adjustors, whose job is to minimize your claim or deny it altogether. Since there may be more than one insurance company involved in rental truck accidents, the companies will often point fingers at one another and try to displace the blame.
Our Buffalo, New York rental truck accident attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. can help determine who is legally liable for your accident. Once this is established, we will aggressively and tenaciously pursue the compensation that you deserve. Call us today at 716-839-3939.
IF YOU WERE INJURED IN A RENTAL TRUCK ACCIDENT IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK, CALL US NOW AT 716-839-3939 TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU NEED!
Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!