Pursuing compensation for a moving van accident can be complex. Depending on who owned or operated the moving van, the liable party might be the driver or a moving company. If the driver was renting the van, there may be multiple insurance policies in place.
When you hire a White Plains moving van accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm, we can work through the logistics on your behalf while you dedicate your time and energy to your recovery. Once we identify the liable party, we can handle your insurance claim, settlement negotiations, and/or personal injury lawsuit.
To learn more about your options and our services in a free case review with a member of our team, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800. We may be able to take your moving can accident case on a contingency fee basis with no attorney’s fees due upfront.
Potentially Liable Parties in a Moving Van Accident
One of the first hurdles for accident victims in any personal injury case is to identify the liable party. In a moving van accident, the liable party may be:
The Moving Company
If a moving company employee caused your accident while working on the job, their employer may be liable for your damages. This is due to a legal principle known as vicarious liability.
Otherwise, a moving company may be liable for any accident they cause if they:
- Fail to train or license drivers
- Pressure drivers to work beyond the hours of service limits mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
- Neglect to adequately maintain the moving van
The Moving Van Driver
If the driver who caused your accident owned or was renting the moving van, they may be held liable for your damages. Multiple insurance policies may be in place when a renter causes an accident, including:
- Any renter’s insurance they purchased from the moving van company
- Rental insurance provided by a credit card company
- Insurance from the renter’s personal automobile insurance policy that extends to rentals
It may also be possible for a negligent municipality, automotive mechanic, or vehicle component manufacturer to be fully or partially liable for a moving van accident.
A White Plains moving van accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can investigate your accident to determine who might be liable for your damages. We can inform you about what your legal options are for pursuing compensation. In cases with multi-party liability, we may be able to coordinate multiple insurance claims or lawsuits on your behalf.
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Driver Negligence in a Moving Van Accident Case
To establish liability in a personal injury case, accident victims typically must produce evidence of the responsible party’s negligence. When it comes to car accidents, evidence that a driver caused the crash by violating a traffic law frequently establishes negligence. This may include violations like:
- An illegal turn or lane change
- Failure to yield
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Reckless or aggressive driving
Evidence of Driver Negligence
Accordingly, the evidence in a moving van accident case may include:
- Photos, videos, or a police report from the accident scene
- Statements from witnesses
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- Dashcam, surveillance, or any other available footage
- Your medical records
For moving van accidents caused by mechanical failures or defective products, you may be able to use other types of evidence to establish negligence.
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Work with Morelli Law Firm on Your Case
As a full-service law firm, our goal at Morelli Law Firm is to take the legal work out of your hands. When we represent you, a White Plains moving van accident lawyer from our firm can:
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- Manage all deadlines and paperwork in your case
- Gather evidence in your defense
- File a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
We offer these services, and more, on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients do not pay us attorney’s fees unless they recover compensation in a settlement offer or court award.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800.
Recoverable Damages in a Moving Van Accident
In general, the recoverable damages in a moving van accident case may include:
- Current and future costs of accident-related medical care
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capability
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Morelli Law Firm can examine your damages and collect evidence of their value when we represent you. We may be able to enlist the help of medical and economic experts to testify about these values.
Wrongful Death Damages
Morelli Law Firm also handles wrongful death lawsuits. If your loved one lost their life in a moving van accident, we may be able to help you pursue compensation for wrongful death damages, such as:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of wages
- Pre-death medical care
Call Morelli Law Firm today to learn more about the logistics of filing a wrongful death lawsuit in New York.
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You Must File Your Lawsuit within the New York Statute of Limitations
There are deadlines for civil cases in New York. The New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214 imposes a general three-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. Waiting longer than this to take legal action could mean that a court may dismiss your lawsuit, making you unable to recover compensation.
Morelli Law Firm can help protect your right to sue when we represent you. For information on the specific deadlines that pertain to your case, call our team today.
Call Morelli Law Firm Today
A White Plains moving van accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to handle all of the legal work in your case. Our team can answer questions about your case, provide legal advice, and update you on the progress of your claim or lawsuit so that you can focus on what really matters: recovering from your injuries.
To get started with a free case evaluation, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800. A representative of our firm is standing by to discuss your accident and explain our services.