Since its inception in 1945 U-Haul has become the company most people turn to when they need to move their stuff from point A to point B. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona the companys fleet is often seen on local roads and highways around the state.
Unfortunately U-Haul vehicles are just one of the many types of automobiles that could be involved in a collision. U-Haul trucks are not easily missed with their orange color and graphics on the side, and they are the most common type of transporter rented from the company.
In Arizona more than 12,300 truck crashes were reported in 2011 accounting for more than 6% of all crashes in the state. There are several different types of U-Haul vehicles available which makes it difficult to determine just how many accidents involved a U-Haul transporter.
Currently U-Haul has more than 1,450 company operated moving centers and as of 2012 more than 220,000 vehicles available for rental services.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a U-Haul, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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Types of U-Haul Vehicles
Available in all 50 states and several Canadian provinces and territories, most anyone over the age of 18 can rent a U-Haul for whatever their needs may be. Although u-hauls are mainly used to move furniture and other home goods, the company expanded its selection to meet the needs of its customers.
U-Haul vehicle selections include:
- Pick-up Trucks
- Cargo Vans
- 10 Foot Trucks
- 26 Foot Trucks
- Cargo Trailers
- Utility Trailers
- Vehicle Transports
U-Haul truck sizes vary with 10 feet being the smallest and 26 feet the largest. As of March 2012 U-Haul had approximately 106,000 trucks, 83,000 trailers, and 33,000 towing devices in its fleet. U-Haul renters do not necessary have to use their vehicles as they may choose to buy trailer hitches, hitch balls and mounts, and trailer lighting from the transport company.
Causes of U-Haul Crashes
The size of these vehicles is often overwhelming along with carrying cargo behind your own vehicle. The causes of U-Haul crashes are very similar to that of truck collisions.
Some common causes of U-Haul accidents include:
- Inexperienced drivers
- Poor Vehicle Maintenance
- Failure to Yield
- Fatigued Driver
- Cargo Load Shift
- Runaway Trailer
- Improper Turning
- Trailer Swaying
As U-Haul trucks are usually used to move from one location to another, it is easy for drivers to be distracted while behind the wheel. These drivers may be looking at their new surroundings or directions to where they are headed which could quickly lead to a crash.
Contact our Tempe Truck Accident Attorney Today
U-Haul accidents can happen anywhere and at any time and although the company has insurance available many renters choose to forgo the optional coverage. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a U-Haul crash, the victim may be entitled to compensation.
At Phillips Law Group we are dedicated to helping injury victims fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation they deserve. Our knowledgeable attorneys have been representing accident injury victims for many years throughout the state of Arizona including the following areas:
and many more local cities and towns. Our intake staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your claim. Contact us by calling or texting 1-800-706-3000 or locally at 602-258-8888 and you will be connected with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your case after a few initial questions.
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