U-Haul Overturns on I-95, Injuring Driver

Images are representative, not actual event

Images are representative, not actual event

January 5, 2016- Richmond, VA

The driver of a U-Haul sustained non-life threatening injuries after her vehicle overturned near mile marker 79.5 on I-95 South.

According to ABC 8 News, the U-Haul – which was towing a trailer at the time of the single-vehicle accident – struck a barrier wall and overturned. The female driver was treated at VCU Medical Center for minor injuries and may face reckless driving charges.

U-Haul, like other rental truck companies, will rent trucks and trailers to just about any licensed driver – regardless of inexperience. Drivers unfamiliar with the particularities of large trucks and/or towing are typically unequipped to respond to changing or dangerous road conditions, including:

  • Shifting cargo
  • Swaying trailers
  • Brake timing
  • Defective or malfunctioning equipment

In particular, U-Haul has come under fire for the following dangerous practices related to truck and trailer rental:

  • Failure to inspect vehicles regularly
  • Defective moving trailers
  • Brake-related malfunctions
  • Lack of education provided to renters regarding safe trailer weight and proper loading practices
  • Little to no screening in driver skill/capability

Furthermore, U-Haul is the only American trailer rental company that allows renters to attach a trailer to the renter’s own SUV. As such, it is not uncommon for U-Haul vehicles to contribute to traffic accidents of every kind, including:

  • Single-vehicle
  • Rear-end
  • Blind-spot
  • Sideswipes
  • Rollover

For those injured in U-Haul accidents who did not specifically purchase U-Haul insurance, it is often difficult to receive proper compensation after an accident. If you or a loved one is involved in a U-Haul accident, call the experienced attorneys at ReidGoodwin as soon as possible to schedule a legal evaluation.