Most people who rent an Enterprise truck in Atlanta are not commercial drivers. Lack of training and experience can lead to accidents. If you suffered injuries in an Enterprise truck accident, an Atlanta lawyer can help.
Contact John Foy & Associates today to discuss your case options for FREE. With over 20 years of experience, our attorneys know what it takes to win. We are not afraid to fight for your rights.
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How an Enterprise Truck Accident Claim Works
Enterprise Truck Rental provides rental trucks for various needs. Unfortunately, most renters have no experience handling large trucks. If a driver makes a mistake, it can cause a severe accident.
If you suffered injuries in an Enterprise truck accident, you have rights. You can pursue damages from the at-fault driver. Your “damages” are losses from the accident like:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
To seek compensation, you’ll need to file a personal injury claim. Where you file this claim will depend on the rental truck’s insurance coverage. An experienced truck accident lawyer can help you with the details.
Proving the Other Driver’s Fault
There are several parts to a truck accident claim. You will need to prove the following:
- The driver owed you a duty of care.
- There was a breach of duty.
- The breached duty led to your accident.
- You suffered damages from the accident.
All Atlanta drivers owe each other a duty of care. Drivers must be careful to avoid causing harm. Lack of ordinary care is known as negligence (Georgia Code §51-1-2). When someone is negligent, they have breached their legal duty.
Proving the driver’s negligence is complicated. You’ll need to gather evidence of their actions. Your claim should also verify that your damages came from the accident.
Examples of Driver Negligence
There are many ways a truck driver can cause an accident. Examples of carelessness we’ve seen include:
- Failing to yield
- Improper turns
- Aggressive driving
- Improperly-loaded cargo
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
Truck rental drivers are not commercial drivers. They’re unfamiliar with the hazards of driving a large vehicle. Just one careless mistake can cause a catastrophic accident.
As you can see, building a strong case takes work. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. It’s best to contact an Atlanta Enterprise truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
John Foy & Associates can help. Call us today to discuss your options during a FREE consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online now.
Insurance Coverage for Enterprise Truck Crashes
Insurance is complicated with an Enterprise truck rental. Most of the time, the renter is responsible for any damages during an accident. When someone rents a truck, Enterprise offers coverage like:
- Damage Waiver (DW): Waives or reduces liability for damage to the truck
- Roadside Assistance Protection (RAP): 24/7 roadside assistance
- Personal Accident Insurance (PAI): Provides medical, accidental death, and ambulance benefits for the renter and passengers
- Supplemental Liability Protection (SLP): Provides up to $1 million third-party liability protection for the renter and authorized drivers
Purchasing additional coverage is optional. Renters should also have auto insurance. However, some insurance companies will not cover rental trucks because of their size.
You’ll need to know what insurance coverage the truck has. If the driver did not purchase additional coverage, you will have limited options. In any situation, you’ll probably have to deal with common insurance company tactics.
Insurance companies do not like to pay much on injury claims. They’ll look for ways to undermine your claim or pay you less. It’s best to contact a lawyer immediately to protect your rights.
Enterprise Is Sometimes at Fault for an Accident
The rental truck driver is typically liable for an accident. If the driver has insurance coverage, the insurer pays for the damages. However, there are situations where Enterprise is responsible.
Enterprise could be at fault for your accident if:
- The company rented to someone who is not eligible. For example, a person could lack a driver’s license or be underaged.
- The company did not keep up with truck maintenance or inspections. If faulty truck parts caused the accident, the company could be at fault.
- The truck does not have proper services records. If the company does not have clear proof of maintenance, it could be responsible.
Bringing a case against a large company is complex. If Enterprise could be at fault, contact an experienced lawyer. You will need a professional on your side.
Truck Defects Sometimes Cause Accidents
If a defective truck part caused your accident, the manufacturer could be at fault. Sometimes, both the manufacturer and rental company are partially at fault.
Under Georgia laws, more than one party can be at fault for an accident. You might need to bring a case in more than one place. Thankfully, your lawyer will help you sort out the details.
Your lawyer will investigate the crash to determine what happened. The issue could be:
- Driver negligence
- Enterprise company negligence
- Defective truck parts
- Manufacturing design flaws
- Lack of safety inspections
The cause of the accident will determine who is liable. From there, you can begin seeking the recovery you deserve.
Talk to an Atlanta Enterprise Truck Accident Lawyer for Free Today
Truck accidents are often incredibly serious. If you or a loved one suffered injuries, you have rights. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help. Our lawyers know how to build the most robust case possible. Our goal is to get you full compensation for your losses.
Working with us is risk-free for our clients because:
- We do not charge a fee unless we win you money.
- Our price is simply a percentage of what you win.
- There are no upfront costs to get started.
- The consultation is always 100% FREE.
Contact us today for your FREE consultation. We’ll listen to your situation and discuss your options. We are here to protect your rights and fight for what you deserve.
To schedule your FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.