U-Haul Insurance and Protection OptionsU-Haul would lose many customers if it did not offer adequate protection for its customers and drivers. Most of the time, personal auto insurance policies will not cover the truck you drive or the trailer you rent. U-Haul offers a few different options when you rent a vehicle or a trailer from them. If you do not select any coverage, you will be responsible for all damage done to rented equipment, dollies, vehicles, trailers, and more. Summaries of the coverage options you can select can be found below:
- Safemove: For rental trucks, Safemove allows you to receive a damage waiver that will cover all damages caused to the property you rented (but it does not cover overhead damage, such as driving underneath a bridge that was too low). It also provides cargo protection for your belongings in the event of a crash or environmental hazard, but it does not cover damages caused by loading error or negligence (such as improper stacking, or even theft). Further, medical and life protection are both provided to protect you and passengers in the event of an accident.
- Safemove Plus: In addition to all the protection granted from Safemove, Safemove Plus protects from overhead damage and tire damage. This is known as exclusion free coverage. The same terms apply to cargo, though: theft, negligent stacking, shifted materials, etc are not covered. It also provides supplemental liability insurance up to $1,000,000.
- Collision Damage Waiver: If you do not rent a truck, you can rent a cargo van or a pickup truck. The only option available for these vehicles is the collision damage waiver.This has a $150 deductible with no increased premiums, but it does have exclusions like Safemove.
- Safetow: The different items you can use to tow, such as trailer hitches, dollies, utility trailers, and pods, can all be protected with a damage waiver. Further, your items can be protected with varying levels of towed property protection.
- Safetrip: Safetrip is essentially roadside assistance available to you during the trip for a cheap $5.00 flat rate. It provides you with jump start services, lock-out and key services, mobile fuel services in case of empty tanks, vehicle removal services if you are stuck in snow or mud, and trailer services to help with hook-ups, detachments, and attachments.
- Safestor: Safestor and Safestor Mobile both provide insurance protection to items you have in storage. Stored items at a U-Haul facility are not protected by U-Haul; the company is not responsible for damage or loss. The same is true when items are in transit in U-Box containers. You can ensure that your items are protected from fires, tornadoes, smoke damage, hurricanes, wind damage, vandalism, vermin and rats, roaches and moths, termites, lightning, leaking water, explosions, hail, earthquakes, collapsed buildings, and more. Burglary and theft can also be protected against, but only if there is evidence of forced entry and a police report has been filed.
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Causes of U-Haul AccidentsU-Haul vehicles involved in accidents should be covered by U-haul’s policy if the customer bought the coverage. If you were transporting your items U-Haul might try to abstain from paying out any damages, though, especially if the accident were not your fault. Some of the causes of U-Haul accidents include:
- Improper weight distribution of cargo in trailers
- Turning without signaling
- Turning left in front of oncoming traffic
- Running stop signs
- Running red lights
- Trailer problems
- Broken hitches
- Detached trailers
- Blown tires
- Unsecured or uncovered loads
- Driving while exhausted
- Driving while drunk
- Texting or using the phone while behind the wheel
- Road defects
- Poor weather
- Vehicle defects
Liability in U-Haul AccidentsAll personal injury claims are filed based on negligence. If you were in a car accident with a U-Haul vehicle, you may be able to show that the U-Haul driver was negligent. If you were operating a rental truck, though, you might be able to prove that no one but the company was responsible. U-Haul must provide its customers with working trucks and ensure that the drivers are not dangers. If you are given a truck or any rental equipment or trailer hitching equipment that is broken or clearly does not work, you could request new items. The trucks should always be inspected before they are rented out, and all equipment should be tested and maintained. If something happens to the truck or trailer mid-trip, U-Haul should pay for the damages. The company will likely try and shift blame, though, and state that you were driving recklessly or that you caused the issue when you were loading. In order to file a personal injury claim against U-Haul, you must show that U-Haul owed you a duty of care that was breached, and that the breach of duty led to an accident that resulted in physical harm. You can also show that the truck had a design defect or manufacturing error, or that there were no hazard signs or warning signs on the equipment (if you choose to file a product liability claim).
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Statute of Limitations on a U-Haul Accident LawsuitYou have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a claim against U-Haul if you were injured in an accident. This statute of limitations is in effect to ensure that claims are filed within an acceptable amount of time and do not take forever to be handled. The sooner you file your claim, the more likely it is that you will have ample evidence and your memory or the statements of coworkers will not degrade. There are a few exceptions to the statue of limitations, such as when a minor is injured, a driver or passenger is left physically or mentally incapacitated, or when the defendant leaves the state. In all circumstances must return to normal – that is, the minor must be 18 to sue, the incapacitated individual must return to physical health, and the defendant must return to the state. Tin all situations, the statute of limitations will be suspended until normalcy returns.
What To Do After A U-Haul AccidentIf you were involved in a U-Haul accident, you should follow these steps to have the best chance of success with your lawsuit and to stay safe and healthy.
- Go to the doctor for medical help
- Take pictures of your injuries
- Hold on to medical receipts and notes
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident and the damage done to the U-Haul vehicle and other cars
- Get security footage or dash cam videos if possible
- Interview eyewitnesses for their testimonies and statements
- Get a copy of the police report if the police investigate the accident
- Print out any copies of receipts or payments you made to U-Haul, such as your bank statement or customer agreements
- Contact a skilled lawyer who has experience filing claims against U-Haul for rental truck accidents
U-Haul Accident CompensationVictims of U-Haul accidents should not be expected to pay for the expenses that racked up after accidents if they were not at fault. We will see to it that you are fully covered for all damages after an accident, and if we have to fight around the clock to bring you the maximum coverage available, we will do so. We will help you win the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering damages
To speak with a Los Angeles brain injury lawyer, call (213) 389-3765.