If you were hurt in a truck accident, our personal injury lawyers can help you pursue the responsible party or parties for damages. A truck accident may involve many responsible parties, and you could be eligible to recover compensation from all of them.
Our attorneys investigate your case, collect evidence, and go after those responsible and their insurers. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is eager to sit down with you, discuss your case, and determine how we can help you.
Our truck accident lawyers in Bennettsville, SC, offer a free consultation and case evaluation. We work on a no-win-no-fee basis, so if we do not recover money for you then you do not pay us anything.
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We Assess Responsibility and Liability for Your Bennettsville, SC Truck Accident
A truck accident can have several responsible parties, some more obvious and identifiable than others. If you do not identify and pursue every party that had a hand in your accident, then you could end up leaving money on the table.
Our team conducts a thorough, in-depth investigation into your crash. A truck accident attorney in Bennettsville, SC can get to the bottom of what happened, who was responsible, and what damages you are owed. Then we collect evidence and build a compelling case for damages.
The parties from which we may be able to seek compensation include:
The Truck Driver
If the truck driver was violating any traffic laws at the time of your accident, they are likely at least partially liable for your damages. These laws include:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Following too closely
- Careless driving
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
Commercial drivers are bound by other regulations as well. They cannot exceed a certain number of hours behind the wheel in a day, for instance, and their trucks must be on a regular service schedule.
They are also required to record this information in a log book. If their log book is behind, is inaccurate, is missing information, or suggests they were not following regulations, we can use that against them to hold them liable for your injuries.
The Trucking Company
Trucking companies in South Carolina have vicarious liability for damages caused by their drivers. Because companies tend to have more money and insurance coverage than individual drivers, we often can recover significant settlements for our clients by focusing on the trucking company.
The Shipping Company
The shipping company may also be partially liable for your injuries. As we investigate, we will determine if that is the case.
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We Can Help You Recover Damages Even if You Were Partly at Fault
In South Carolina, you may be able to recover damages from the truck driver, trucking company, or shipping company even if you were partly at fault for the accident. The state follows a modified comparative negligence system when awarding damages in auto accidents.
In a traditional comparative negligence system, your share of negligence gets compared to that of the other parties in the accident, and each party gets awarded damages inversely proportional to their share of the blame. As an example, if your accident involved two parties, and you were 30% responsible, then you would be eligible to recover 70% of your damages from the other party.
Modified Comparative Negligence vs. Pure Comparative Negligence
Rather than a “pure” comparative negligence law, though, South Carolina follows a “modified” system that comes with a couple of caveats, as outlined in S.C. Code § 15-38-15. One is that your share of the blame cannot exceed that of the other party’s. If you were 51% to blame and the other party 49%, you would not be eligible to recover damages.
Another is that if your accident involved more than two parties including yourself, your percentage of fault cannot be more than the combined fault of the other parties. You would not qualify to recover damages if, say, you were 60% at fault and each of the other parties was 20% at fault (for a combined fault of 40%).
The Bennettsville, SC, truck accident attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you sort out any disputes or any confusion about fault for the crash.
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Before You Talk to the Insurance Company, Talk to A Truck Accident Lawyer in Bennettsville, SC
To recover damages after a truck accident, you usually must go through at least one insurance company, sometimes more than one. Insurers are for-profit businesses that try to maximize their revenues and minimize their expenditures.
One of their biggest expenditures is payouts to accident victims. So, the insurance company or companies tasked with compensating you after a truck accident have a financial incentive to pay you as little as they can.
You can avoid leaving money on the table by having an aggressive legal team on your side who will negotiate relentlessly with the insurers. We can anticipate every tactic the insurance companies may use to pay you less than you deserve.
We will fight for you and help you recover fair compensation. Our team can help you get compensated for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional anguish
- Wrongful death (if your loved one died in a truck accident)
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Do Not Wait Any Longer – Call Us for a Bennettsville, SC, Truck Accident Consultation
If we cannot reach a settlement with the insurance company, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is prepared to take your case to court to preserve your right to compensation for your truck accident injuries. For a free consultation and case evaluation with a Bennettsville truck accident lawyer, call us or fill out our online form today.
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