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Rental Truck and Equipment Dolly Accidents in Georgia

October 23, 2016

Georgia Auto Accident and Injury Attorneys Discuss Rental Truck and Equipment Dolly Accidents Caused by Improper Lessee Screening and Faulty Tow Hitches

This blog article is the second installment of the two-part blog series reviewing potential negligent conduct associated with the rental of moving trucks, utility trailers, enclosed trailers, and other rental vehicles. While the first installment focused on improper maintenance of rented moving trucks and trailer sway accidents, this one considers the danger of inadequately screened lessees of such equipment and defective or faulty tow hitches.

Failure to Properly Screen Lessees of Moving Trucks, Trailers & Equipment Dollies

When a vehicle rental company provides a rental truck, trailer, or equipment dolly, the company may be liable under the doctrine of negligent entrustment when they do not properly screen a driver. Drivers should have a valid driver's license and safe driving history. However, truck rental companies often do not perform proper screening nor do they require written disclosure of drunk driving convictions, speeding, and other traffic violations - even serious motor vehicle accidents. Most people understand the danger of semi-trucks being placed under the control of improperly screened, trained, and supervised commercial drivers. Many rental truck companies make massive semi-trucks and long heavy trailers available to consumers with virtually no effort to determine that the driver has adequate experience or a safe driving record.

Trailer Detachment Accidents Involving Rented Trailers

When trailer hitches are defectively manufactured or not properly maintained, the trailer can separate from the tow vehicle, resulting in the trailer traveling out of control or rolling over. Trailer rental companies are expected to inspect equipment to ensure it is functioning correctly and to instruct customers in properly securing the trailer to the tow vehicle. Failure to comply with these responsibilities can lead to catastrophic injuries and tragic death.

When you suffer injuries in a collision involving a rented truck, cargo trailer, or tow dolly, you can suffer permanent debilitating injuries, such as closed or open head injuries, spinal cord damage, back and neck disc injuries, amputation of limbs, third-degree burns, potentially fatal internal organ damage, fractures or broken bones, and others. Our Atlanta rental truck accident attorneys fight for the fullest compensation under the law for our clients, including compensation for the following:

• Lost compensation from employment
• Medical care, surgery, emergency room treatment, and other treatment-related expenses
• Property damage loss
• Pain and Suffering
• Adverse impact on one's marriage and quality of life
• Burial and funeral expenses
• Emotional distress
• Punitive damages

Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you may have a legal claim against the driver of the rental truck, the rental truck agency, the manufacturer of the rental trailer, truck, or other parties. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial impact of suffering debilitating injuries in a collision involving a rented moving truck or rental trailer and our law firm aggressively strives to pursue the fullest financial recovery under the law for our clients.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 38 Years of Experience to Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in a collision involving a rental truck or trailer, our Atlanta motor vehicle accident attorneys diligently fight hard for our injured clients. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout Georgia and in the Southeast for over 38 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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