The most popular months to move, according to a report released by the American Storing and Moving Association, are May, June, July, August, and September. The reason for the popularity of moving during this time frame can likely be contributed to the nice weather—no one likes to move in the winter!—as well as the end and start of the school season for universities. With the prevalence of moving vans and trucks during these months, though, the risk of accident is high. If you’ve been in an accident involving a moving van, let the personal injury attorneys at Tetzel Law.

Causes of Commercial Moving Van Accidents

Commercial moving van accidents are often very similar to commercial truck accidents, and can have the same severity of repercussions. Injuries that may be sustained by victims in a moving van accident can include head injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bone injuries, and internal and external injuries.

Commercial moving van accidents can be a result of:

  • Distracted driving;
  • Driving while intoxicated or impaired;
  • Speeding;
  • Tailgating;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Defective moving van/truck (parts);
  • Fatigued driving; and
  • Other illegal traffic maneuvers.

Who’s liable for a moving van accident?

Liability for a moving van accident depends on which party acted negligently. If you’ve been hit by a moving van, those who may potentially be held liable may include:

  • The driver of another vehicle: if this driver did something to contribute to the accident.
  • The driver of the moving van: if any negligent action—like speeding or driving while impaired—caused the accident.
  • The moving van rental company: if the company failed to maintain the vehicle in a safe condition, leading to the accident.
  • A manufacturer or distributor: if a defective part—like a defective tire—caused the accident.

In the event that you did anything to contribute to the accident—like failed to yield to the moving van—then you may be held partially liable under Massachusetts’ law of contributory negligence.

Schedule an Appointment with a Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you’ve been seriously injured in a moving van accident, you need a skilled Massachusetts personal injury attorney on your side who will help you to determine liability and recover damages. And you need to act quickly – the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim and recovering compensation is no later than three years after the date of accident in Massachusetts. At Tetzel Law we will fight for your rights in the Massachusetts area.