When you are moving, you may be worried about how you are going to get some important items from point A to point B. A lot of people are heading out of school shortly this time of year. That means a lot of vehicles on the road are about to be filled to the brim. A concern that we often face is safely moving everything, especially items that do not fit in a car or a van.
On roads and highways, we often take care to drive around people who have their trunks bungee cord tied down with a couch hanging a little bit out of the trunk or when there is a box spring and/or mattress strapped to the top of the roof. Why are we more careful? Well, it is hard to trust that things are not going to come loose and end up causing an accident.
The best ways to keep things safe when we move large and heavy objects is to make sure those objects are not going anywhere. You can use bungee cords and straps to secure them well. However you attach the mattress to the roof of your car or the couch that is hanging slightly out of your van, make sure that it is not going anywhere. Err on the side of caution, because if that comes loose from your car while you are going 55 on a highway, it will not be pleasant for anyone.
What happens if you do end up in an accident because of this? First and foremost, collect evidence at the scene of the accident. If you ended up in an accident because of someone else’s inability to strap down the mattress (say, you were moving with a friend who did not properly secure their box frame when you followed on the highway with the rest of your things and you ended up colliding with the box frame) you could certainly end up in a world of pain.
If you get hurt in accident because someone was not safely or securely moving items, and you are collecting evidence, you should take pictures and videos of the entire scene, both vehicles, the item that came loose and caused the accident. Get as much visual evidence as you can so we can paint a clear picture of what happened. It is also very important that you get contact information from any witnesses, if there were any. We will be able to use them to help you. If you are too injured to do this for yourself, you can ask someone to help you with it.
Once you have evidence collected, you need to make sure you get the medical attention you need. The injuries we commonly see from accidents like this can be severe and need intense and immediate treatment. The longer you wait to get to a doctor, the worse your injuries can get. What’s more, the insurance company is going to be suspicious of you and claim that you either lied about how badly you were hurt or how you got injured. If they say you were not as hurt as you say you were, you can bet that they will offer you a much lower settlement than you deserve. If they say you lied about how you got hurt, they will try to throw your case away altogether.
The next thing you need to think about is having representation. Our Augusta car accident lawyers can represent you if you you got hurt because someone did not secure items to their car properly. We provide you with a free, initial consultation. This allows you to get the advice you are looking for right after you have been hurt. We will do all the necessary investigation and resource gathering to be able to build you a strong case against the liable party’s insurance company.
If you are left with serious injuries because someone else did not do the right thing, you should reach out to us as soon as you can and set up your free, first consultation. Get in touch with us right away and we will give you the help you need.