A Washington State jury awarded $15.5M last week in a case where U-HAUL failed to properly instruct one of its rental drivers in how to properly load one of its rental trucks. The load was improperly secured causing a large piece of furniture to fly out and strike a woman driving a car behind the truck. The furniture went through her windshield causing catastrophic injuries.  

The woman was blinded in the auto accident and continues to undergo surgical procedures to reconstruct her face, as well as suffering brain injuries.

U-Haul International, Inc was found to be 67% at-fault  and the renter of the U-Haul trailer was found to be 33% to blame.  The jury found that the lack of instruction and clear warning to customers on how to properly secure materials they were transporting made U-Haul more at fault for the accident then the driver’s failure to ensure the stability of the furniture he was transporting. 

Federal law requires truck operators to secure their loads but these laws are not always enforced.
The "failure to secure the load" cases are far less obvious than a rear end tractor trailer case. It is the truck driver’s responsibility and the loader’s responsibility to secure the load as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Our lawyers have handled a number of these cases and are familiar with the trucking and loading experts around the country who specialize in making sure vehicles are safely loaded. If we can help in any way, or if you have questions about this type of wreck, please fee free to call or email.