Charleston, SC Truck Accident Lawyers
Trucking accidents tend to cause serious catastrophic injuries. Fatalities are not uncommon. In 2015 alone, an estimated 114 people died in crashes involving large trucks in South Carolina, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Thousands more were injured. Truck accident victims whose injuries are not fatal often suffer major injuries, emotional devastation, and financial hardship that creates a substantial and ongoing burden on their lives.
Our Charleston, SC truck accident lawyers have made it their mission to help victims and their families obtain the justice and restitution they deserve when they have been injured in truck accidents caused by negligence. If you or your loved one was recently involved in a truck accident, call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today and discuss your case for free with one of our attorneys: (888) 612-7001.
What causes truck accidents?
Causation will be a vital part of your truck accident claim. To successfully recover compensation, your lawyer must establish the factor that caused and/or contributed to your wreck in order to identify the parties liable for your damages.
In its Large Truck Crash Causation Study, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) analyzed the factors that contribute to truck accidents. It identified hundreds of associated factors. Below are the top 10 most common factors FMCSA found contributed to large truck accidents:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption, e.g. congestion or previous crash
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Required to stop before crash (e.g., traffic control device, crosswalk)
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
Who do I sue after a truck accident in Charleston or the South Carolina Lowcountry?South Carolina is a tort liability state, which means accident victims have the right to hold an at-fault driver liable for their losses. (Technically, under the doctrine of vicarious liability, employers are responsible for their employees’ actions while the employees are in the course scope of their employment. This means, in the appropriate case, that a victim may file a claim against the trucking company as well as against the driver.
To be eligible to file a claim and collect damages, you must be able to prove the driver or company was negligent and that its negligence caused your accident.
Negligence simply means acting in an unreasonably unsafe manner that put others at risk of harm. Many of the causes listed above pertain to driver negligence, for which a trucking company may be vicariously liable. Trucking companies may directly contribute to accidents as well. For example, the trucking companies may be negligent when:
- They hire incompetent drivers.
- They do not maintain their trucks properly.
- They do not follow FMCSA rules and regulations/pressure or allow drivers to violate FMCSA rules and regulations.
In some instances, it may not be the trucking company that is at fault, but rather a third party such as a manufacturer of a defective truck part, another passenger car driver, or even the agency in charge of road maintenance. Determining causation and liability is a critical first step of a truck accident claim, but it can be a challenging process. Call (888) 612-7001 to speak to our Charleston, SC truck accident attorneys about your case.
What kinds of damages can I recover after a truck accident?
You might be entitled to recover all your monetary and non-monetary losses associated with the truck accident. This includes your current and future expenses, pain, suffering and emotional damages. There are dozens of damages for which you can seek reimbursement. Below are just a few examples:
- Medical expenses, including emergency room fees, hospital bills, surgeries, prosthetics, prescriptions, follow-ups, and even the cost of transportation to and from doctors visits.
- Rehabilitation, e.g., physical therapy and occupational therapy
- Loss of wages, reduced capacity to work, money you lost while recovering, and loss of work benefits.
- Long-term disability – The injury that never fully healed.
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering, broad terms that refer to certain real and intangible harms, such as mental anguish, physical pain, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, reduced quality of life, and the effect of your injuries on your relationships, happiness, and future.
- Death benefits (in fatal truck accident cases), such as loss of Love any support, loss of your loved one’s financial contributions, medical bills you loved one sustained prior to death, and funeral expenses.
Do I need a Charleston truck accident attorney for my case?
Trucking accidents are some of the most complex types of injury claims. They involve substantial damages, require knowledge of many federal trucking regulations, and state laws. Truck carriers’ attorneys strongly defend their clients. Some companies may destroy or “lose” records that show they are liable.
Our truck accident attorneys act swiftly to preserve vital evidence after a truck accident. We investigate the facts of the case, identify liability, and work to maximize your settlement or verdict. If you or your loved one suffered injuries in a truck wreck, your focus should be on recuperating and moving on with your life, not stressing over insurance claims and legal minutia.
Your truck accident claim could be worth millions of dollars, but it needs proper management by a legal professional who understands the legal process and whose primary objective is to advocate for your best interests.
We encourage you to call our office and arrange to speak to a truck accident attorney for a free evaluation. We do not charge legal fees unless and until we win your case, so there is no risk on your part. And if you are unable to come to our office, we can come to you or evaluate your case over the phone.
Our highly qualified, team of lawyers and support staff have successfully helped hundreds of victims in Charleston with their accident claims. Contact our office so we can start working on your truck accident case today: (888) 612-7001.