To save money on professional movers, many people in Atlanta choose to do it themselves. They might rent a Budget truck to move their belongings. While a rental truck is convenient for movers, it also puts others at risk. Unfortunately, Budget truck accidents happen often in Atlanta.
If you or a loved one were victims of a Budget truck accident, John Foy & Associates can help. Our lawyers have 20-plus years of experience in winning cases. We fight tirelessly for what accident victims deserve.
Contact us today to discuss your case. We’ll listen to your concerns and outline your options. If you hire us, there is no fee unless we win your case. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your FREE consultation.
How to Recover Your Costs After a Budget Truck Accident
After an accident with a Budget truck, you’re likely entitled to compensation. If you were not at fault, you can seek recovery for your damages (Georgia Code §51-12-4). However, you will need to file a personal injury claim to pursue recovery.
Typically, you’ll file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. But rental truck accidents are more complicated. The renter usually purchases additional coverage for the Budget truck.
You’ll need to prove the following in your claim:
- The driver owed you a duty of care.
- The driver breached their duty of care.
- The breached duty led to your accident.
- You suffered injuries and damages from the accident.
All Atlanta drivers must exercise reasonable care towards others (Georgia Code §51-1-2). If a driver is not careful, the law sees it as negligence. When that negligence leads to an accident, the driver is at fault.
As an injury victim, you must prove the driver’s fault. You’ll need to gather evidence of:
- The driver’s negligent actions,
- The Budget truck accident itself,
- How the driver’s actions led to your accident, and
- Your total truck accident damages.
It’s best to complete all medical treatment before filing your claim. Otherwise, you could miss additional treatment-related costs. Your claim should account for any future or ongoing damages.
Partial Fault in Georgia
Georgia has partial fault laws. An injured driver can recover damages as long as they were less than 50% at fault for the accident. Unfortunately, the insurance company might try to use partial fault against you.
The insurance adjuster will look for ways to blame you for the accident. They know that putting some blame on you will reduce the insurer’s liability. However, don’t believe anything from the insurance company. Talk to a lawyer first.
An experienced lawyer will help you build a strong personal injury claim. They’ll also protect your legal rights through each step. If the other side tries to blame you, your lawyer will handle it.
How a Budget Driver Can Be at Fault
Most people who rent a Budget truck do not have experience with moving trucks. The driver might make careless mistakes due to inexperience. Budget drivers might also engage in:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
If the driver loaded their items poorly, it can lead to issues. Imbalanced cargo may increase the risk of rollover accidents, for example. Whatever the cause, your claim should show what happened.
If the Budget driver was at fault, you’ll probably file a claim through the add-on insurance. However, you might also need to file a claim with the driver’s auto insurance. Talk to a lawyer to be sure. At John Foy & Associates, we’ll answer all your questions and help you get started.
To get a FREE consultation with an Atlanta Budget truck accident lawyer, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online. We’re available 24/7, so you can call us whenever it’s convenient for you.
When Budget Is Responsible for an Accident
Most of the time, the driver is responsible for accident damages. In rare situations, you might be able to bring a case against Budget. You could have a lawsuit against Budget if the company:
- Rented a truck to an underage person
- Rented to someone without a valid driver’s license
- The Budget truck did not have a proper inspection
- Faulty truck parts led to the accident
Rental companies often cut corners with inspections and maintenance. They’re looking to sell as many rentals as possible. Pushing the limits saves them time and money. However, forgoing necessary checks puts everyone on the road at risk.
The company will likely deny liability for your accident. You will need to gather evidence to show what occurred. It’s best to avoid talking about the crash until you have a lawyer.
If you think Budget is at fault, talk to an experienced lawyer. Your lawyer will investigate what happened before and during the accident. Then, you can begin building a strong injury claim.
How Insurance Coverage Works with Budget Truck Rentals
Budget has specific requirements for anyone who rents from them. For example, renters must be 24 years or older in most locations. Some Budget locations will rent to people ages 18-23 with additional requirements.
Budget also holds its renters responsible for any truck damage. Renters should check to see if their auto insurance covers a rental truck. If not, Budget offers optional insurance plans for the rental period.
After an accident, you’ll need to know your insurance options. If the renter did not purchase additional coverage, you might need to sue for damages. Your lawyer will discuss your options with you.
Talk to an Atlanta Budget Truck Accident Lawyer for Free Today
After a Budget truck accident in Atlanta, you’re probably worried about the aftermath. You may have painful injuries and expenses damages. But you shouldn’t have to bear the weight of these costs.
If someone else was at fault, John Foy & Associates will help hold them responsible. Our lawyers have been helping accident victims for 20-plus years. We are not afraid to fight for your rights.
Contact us today for a FREE, no-risk consultation. We’ll listen to your situation and discuss your best options. To get your FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.