Moving Van Accidents
Moving trucks are all over I-5 and 405 in Seattle, Kirkland, and Olympia. Moving trucks are responsible for, in large part, moving people’s belongings across the state of Washington and to other states if that person is moving residences or moving their business. Moving trucks are also very large. The average moving truck will typically weigh between 18,000 and 25,000 pounds and can weigh even more if it is loaded with furnishings and other freight.Washington State Moving Van Laws
Washington State closely regulates moving vans that are on the road. Moving vans are some of the rare commercial 18-wheelers, or semi-trucks as they are sometimes called, that are allowed to be on residential streets in the state. Moving vans have what are called commercial insurance policies on them. This means that there is typically anywhere between $750,000 and five million dollars in insurance coverage available for people who have been injured by a moving truck. This is substantially more, by and large, than what most ordinary cars have in Washington State.
Many times the driver for a moving truck company is under enormous pressure to get to their intended destination on a timely basis. This need for speed, so to speak, is often a common reason for accidents, because trucking companies often incentivize drivers to get to a place faster, and the recklessness and the speed of drivers can create deadly accidents.
There are two sources of fault when there is an accident with a moving van that is not your fault. It is either the driver’s fault or the moving truck company’s fault. On some rare occasions, there can be a combination of both.
Common reasons for moving truck accidents when the driver is at fault:
- Driver speeding
- Driver inexperience
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction
In order for a commercial driver to be on the road in Washington State, driving a moving van, they need to have what is called a CDL or a commercial driver’s license. These licenses are hard to obtain and not everyone can get them.
A driver must pass a background check and pass several fitness tests as well. In addition, responsible and good moving companies should also have internal background and fitness checks with which they screen their applicants. However, as you can imagine, companies do not always do their due diligence in hiring a trucker for their moving company.
While the majority of moving van accidents are the result of driver error, there can also be instances when the truck company is at fault. Common reasons for moving truck accidents when the moving company is at fault:
- Brake issues
- Vehicle maintenance issues
- Not screening drivers properly
- Cargo falling out of the truck
Sometimes moving truck companies fail to properly maintain their vehicles and they put their drivers in moving trucks that are not safe, for a variety of reasons, ranging from brakes that are aging and faulty, tires that are bald and need replacing, and other mechanical issues that need addressed and fixed. If this is the case, the moving company shares responsibility for the accident they caused.
There are times, however, the insurance company for the moving truck company will attempt to conceal internal company documents that show how neglectful the company has been in properly and safely maintaining their moving truck, depending on how many they have in their fleet.Common Moving Van Accident Injuries
If you have been in an accident with a moving truck, chances are you facing serious injuries. These vehicles are usually quite large, larger than normal cars or SUVs most commonly on the road. The most common injuries associated with moving truck injuries are:
- Herniated discs or bulging discs
- Broken bones
If you have suffered any of these injuries, the likelihood is not good that these injuries will resolve on their own. In most instances, you will have to see a medical professional to help you recover. Aside from primary care doctors, the most common kinds of healthcare providers to treat people who have been in accidents with utility trucks are osteopaths, physiatrists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists.
Any of these healthcare providers can render quality care to you and they likely know the appropriate specialist who can treat you if you have been injured by a moving truck.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help with Your Moving Van Accident
If you have been injured by a moving truck, then you are likely in one of the more difficult times of your life. You are likely facing phone calls from insurance companies, medical appointments, you may be losing money from work since you are unable to work, and many phone calls from insurance companies. If this is the case, why go through this process alone? The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover money for the following:
- lost wages
- pain and suffering
- medical bills
- out of pocket expenses
The Jackman Law Firm can assist you with all of these things. In addition, we will be the middleman between you and the insurance company for the moving truck. While it is not common, there are also instances when the moving truck company’s insurance company may allege that you were either partly or completely at fault for the accident. If this unfortunate and untrue allegation is brought against you, then you need an attorney who can help you.
The Jackman Law Firm can assist you by sending subpoenas for any video footage that may have captured the accident, interviewing witnesses and bystanders, and speaking to the police, assuming an investigation was done. If it is clear that the vehicle was not properly maintained, then the Jackman Law Firm has the resources and experience to investigate the company internally and find out if the company was failing to properly maintain their vehicle, such as not checking and fixing their brakes, making sure the tires are properly maintained and inflated, and making sure the vehicle is safe to be on the road.
If you have questions about your moving truck accident, feel free to call for a free consultation to discuss your case.