If you or a loved one was injured in a moving van accident, you might be able to recover damages from the liable party for medical bills and other losses.
A moving van accident lawyer in Houston from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can fight for financial recovery on your behalf so that you may focus on healing from your injuries. The sooner you contact us, the sooner a lawyer with our firm can start on your case.
Let us Help After a Moving Van or Truck Accident
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas was among the top three states that people moved to from other areas in 2017. While we welcome our new neighbors, this influx of residents means there are more moving vans on the road. This includes:
- Commercial moving vans
- Oversized commercial trucks
- Large rental moving trucks driven by non-professional drivers
- Rental trailers driven by non-professional drivers
A moving van accident lawyer in Houston from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can protect your rights and help you pursue damages.
Risks Associated with Moving Vans
Most drivers are familiar with only their own automobile and may not be prepared to handle the challenges of driving a large, heavy vehicle. Moving vans and trucks handle differently than a passenger car, so they need more space for braking.
When people rent a moving van, certain risk factors may emerge, including:
- They could be unaware of the many blind spots when they are changing lanes, turning, or backing up.
- They may improperly hitch a trailer to their vehicle or the truck, causing the trailer to separate underway.
- They may overload a truck or trailer, exceeding the weight limit, thus creating an extremely heavy moving hazard.
- They may improperly pack or load the contents and risk contents spilling onto the roadway.
Professional moving van drivers may be required to carry a special license. However, their employer may pressure them to make tight deadlines. These drivers may exercise poor judgment when it comes to rest and time away from the road.
You did not ask to be hurt in a moving van accident. You can choose how to respond and have a strong legal advocate by your side.
We Can File the Insurance Claim and Take Care of the Details
Insurance companies may use certain tactics to deny, delay, or undervalue your claim. Your claim may go back and forth as you attempt to recover the damages caused by your injuries. This can be exhausting if you are recuperating from injuries or taking care of an injured loved one.
When you hire a lawyer with a deep understanding of moving van accidents from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, we can:
- Secure evidence of liability
- Show proof of your injuries
- Evaluate your damages
- File, track, and manage your insurance claim
- Keep you posted on the status of your claim
We may be able to negotiate for a settlement with the insurance company so that you can avoid the emotional and financial stress of going to court.
If We Cannot Obtain a Settlement, We Can Prepare for Court
Some insurance companies balk at paying claims or try to offer you an unfair amount. If that happens, a lawyer from our firm can take your case to court.
Under Texas law, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, starting from the date of injury. For a wrongful death lawsuit, the deadline to file is two years from the date of death.
This may seem like plenty of time, but two years can pass by quickly when you are recovering from injuries. A moving van accident attorney from our firm can file your case on time for you.
Injuries From a Moving Van Accident
Whenever there is a collision between a car and a much heavier vehicle, it is usually the car’s driver and passengers who are more seriously injured. In 2018, 151,000 Americans were injured in accidents involving large trucks, according to an estimate by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The terrific weight of a moving van can cause serious injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Deep lacerations and bruising
- Internal bleeding
Sometimes, injuries from a moving van accident are too great to survive. If your loved one lost their life in a moving van accident, we can help you file a wrongful death case.
Seeking Damages After a Moving Van Accident
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be awarded damages for:
- Medical care, including ambulance transportation, hospitalization, specialists, medical tests, prescription medicine, medical devices (such as crutches), and other related expenses
- Lost wages for the time you missed at work due to injury
- Property damage for your car and personal items
- Pain and suffering
A lawyer from our firm may also seek damages for disability, disfigurement, and mental anguish for extreme injuries or permanent medical conditions. A different set of damages may be available in a wrongful death case.
Steps to Take After a Moving Van Accident
Your priority is safety. If your car is drivable, move it out of the flow of traffic and onto the shoulder.
Check yourself and your passengers for injury. Give first aid and use your cell phone or your car’s interactive response system (if available) to summon an ambulance or the police.
If possible, take pictures of the accident scene. Use your camera to take pictures of the other driver’s insurance information.
Our Lawyers Can Help You Pursue Damages
If you were hurt in a moving van accident in Houston, learn about your legal rights by calling D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ today. A member of our team will provide you with a free case evaluation. We can discuss your options and tell you more about working with a moving van accident lawyer in Houston from our firm during this call.
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