Moving can be both an exciting and stressful time for most North Carolina residents. Once all your belongings have been packed in boxes, the last step many take when moving is renting a U-Haul trailer or truck to transport these items from the old residence to the new one.
The average driver, however, does not have experience either operating these types of trucks or towing a large trailer behind their car. Many hazards exist that could result in a U-Haul accident which may not be entirely the driver’s fault.
At Lewis & Keller, our truck accident lawyers are dedicated to representing those who suffered harm in serious North Carolina truck accidents, including moving truck and can crashes and U-Haul trailer accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in this type of collision due to no fault of your own, you may be entitled to pursue legal recourse to recover compensation for your losses.
To begin exploring your legal options, please contact our firm today by completing the Free Case Review form to the left.
About U-Haul International, Inc.
U-Haul International, Inc. is the most popular moving equipment company in the country. With headquarters in Phoenix, AZ, U-Haul has been providing moving equipment to the public at large since 1945.
There has been minimal publicity regarding the large numbers of issues and risks associated with inadequate trailers and defective truck equipment. Not only does U-Haul allow individuals to rent defective trailers, but they are the only moving company in the United States that allows for towing on an SUV. This is one of the major causes of North Carolina U-Haul accidents.
Common Causes of Accidents Involving Rental Trucks
There are significant weight dangers that are present when towing a U-Haul trailer with an SUV, which most drivers are unaware of. According to U-Haul requirements, the vehicle towing the trailer must weigh the same as the trailer Typically, U-Haul companies will make sure that the weight of the trailer is less than the renter’s car; however, once the trailer is loaded, weight can become drastically varied.
Additionally, some of the most common factors which contribute to serious U-Haul accidents include:
- Inexperienced U-Haul Truck Drivers: Moving companies often rent trucks and trailers to drivers who lack the proper experience and training in handling large vehicles.
- Distracted Driving: Drivers on North Carolina roads and highways are more distracted than ever. Laws have attempted to curb the increasing number of distracted driving accidents; however, this driving behavior remains a leading cause of truck accidents across the country.
- Negligent Driving: Typical acts of negligence behind the wheel include speeding, fatigued driving, failure to obey roadway directions and failure to yield to stop signs and traffic lights.
- Vehicle Malfunctions and Truck Defects: This includes tire defects and blowouts, brake defects, and failure to maintain trucks, vans and trailers.
We urge you to contact our lawyers to see how we may be able to help you with your claim if one of these common causes resulted in your involvement in an accident with a U-Haul. Simply complete the Free Case Review form on this page to get started right away.
Contact a Skilled U-Haul Accident Attorney Today for Free
U-Haul accident injury claims are often complex since any number of individuals or entities can be found to be at-fault in the crash. Additionally, any waivers that a renter signed from the moving company need to be considered when filing a lawsuit. It is crucial that you speak with an attorney who has experience handling these types of claims if you believe that you have reason to file a lawsuit.
With offices in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, we are available to help all those who have suffered harm at the hands of another in the state of North Carolina.
If you are unsure if you have reason to file a U-Haul accident claim, we encourage you to contact our firm today to schedule a free, initial consultation with a member of our legal team. One of our attorneys can assess the merits of your potential claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal and financial recourse for your losses.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina U-Haul crash victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with a lawyer at Lewis & Keller, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.