If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Clearwater moving van accident, you may be able to recover compensation. A Clearwater moving van accident lawyer can look at your circumstances and determine if you have any valid legal claims arising from the crash.
Moving vans are large vehicles that can cause significant damage in an accident and are often driven by people who do not usually drive moving vans. Furthermore, if moving van drivers are coming from out of state, these claims can become even more complex. Consult with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to learn more about your legal rights following an accident in which you suffered injuries. Call 1-800-747-3733 and see what we can do to help.
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Crashes Involving Moving Vans
Moving vans usually are enclosed box trucks, such as the ones that you might rent from U-Haul if you are moving. Professional movers often use this type of truck or van, as well. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that in 2018, 1,876 fatal crashes involving vans or enclosed box trucks occurred. Another 24,711 crashes with these vehicles resulted in injuries.
Although moving vans are not the largest vehicles on the road, especially as compared to many semi tractor-trailers, they often are much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles. Particularly when they are loaded down with cargo, they tend to be much heavier than the standard passenger vehicle. As a result, the injuries that stem from a moving van accident may be more severe than if only passenger vehicles had collided.
Even though professional movers operate moving vans in many cases, anyone can rent a moving van to transport large items or move to a new residence. People who rent moving vans do not need to have any type of commercial driver’s license to drive these vans, which can make them more dangerous to others on the roads. Additionally, these drivers likely have no experience securing cargo, which could lead to catastrophic crashes in some cases.
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Liability in Moving Van Accidents
Various parties may be liable for your injuries and related losses after a moving van accident. First, if multiple vehicles are involved in the wreck, drivers of any of those vehicles could be responsible. In fact, more than one driver can share fault for causing the accident that led to your injuries. In that case, the drivers each could be liable for their respective percentages of fault for the accident.
If a moving company employee was driving the van in the course of his or her employment and is fully or even partially responsible for causing the crash, the moving company also could face liability for costs related to your injuries.
On the other hand, if the moving van malfunctioned in some way or something went wrong mechanically, the manufacturer of the van or auto parts used in the van could be liable. Under product liability laws, these companies could be financially responsible for the losses that you suffered as a result of the accident.
Finally, in some cases, you might be partially responsible for causing the accident that led to your injuries. For instance, you might have been speeding at the time of the accident, which contributed to the crash. Under Florida Statutes §768.81, however, you can still pursue compensation for your injuries, but you are limited to a total amount of damages reduced by your degree of fault for the accident. As determining fault in any motor vehicle crash can be complex, a Clearwater moving van accident lawyer may be able to assist you. Call 1-800-747-3733 today.
Compensation in Moving Van Accident Cases
If you or a loved one suffers injuries in a moving van accident, you may be able to seek compensation from all parties who are responsible for the crash. This compensation can include payment of medical expenses related to your injuries, such as hospitalization costs, expenses for emergency medical treatment and transportation, surgical costs, and other medical bills. Likewise, you can seek compensation for other injury-related expenses, such as the costs of durable medical equipment, prescription medication, and rehabilitation.
You also may be able to pursue compensation for your lost wages or income while you are unable to work due to your injuries. If you are permanently impaired or unable to return to your prior job or career, you might be eligible for compensation for your loss of future income, as well as for the permanency of your injuries.
Other non-economic damages that may be available to you in a moving van accident lawsuit can include compensation for physical pain and suffering, emotional distress from the trauma of the accident, and more. Getting legal advice in this situation can help you ensure that you pursue all available forms of compensation in your case.
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Dealing with substantial injuries related to a moving van accident can be challenging. Trying to handle increasing medical bills and a potential legal case on top of your injuries can be overwhelming. A Clearwater moving van accident lawyer might be able to remove some of these pressures from your life so that you can focus your full efforts on your recovery. We can handle your legal case while you attend to your immediate needs and those of your family.
The attorneys and staff at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine are here to assist you and your family through this difficult time in your life. We can answer your questions, address your concerns, and guide you through the steps of seeking legal action for compensation related to your injuries. Contact our office at 1-800-747-3733 and find out more about how to get started.