The majority of 18-wheeler truck crashes in South Carolina are preventable, but motorists in other vehicles often have little to no control over whether a semi-truck crashes into their vehicle, causing catastrophic harm. It’s important to understand how and why these accidents with commercial vehicles occur, and what victims of large truck accidents can do to protect their own interests in the aftermath.
When you are in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you need a truck accident lawyer who can fight to win and get you the compensation you deserve. You need a law firm in your corner that will fight against the trucking company, insurance companies, and other parties to make sure your truck accident claim is taken seriously.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has stringent regulations in place to prevent accidents with big rigs, yet they still occur all across the country in large numbers. Our truck accident attorneys will fight to protect your interests, secure fair compensation, and support your health and well-being. To get started, look for a free consultation* with a South Carolina truck accident lawyer. HawkLaw fights to win! Call us at 888.HAWK.LAW now so we can fight for you!
Our experienced team of Charleston truck accident lawyers has helped many clients receive significant compensation for their injuries. We will use fierce tenacity to fight for significant compensation in your truck accident claim. We are ready to fight for you.
Our team is more than just South Carolina truck accident attorneys; we want to help get your life on track again. Truck accident cases can be devastating, far more than other types of car accidents. Medical bills can mount, and you may have difficulty maintaining normal relationships with your closest loved ones. You deserve compensation for the serious injuries you or a loved one have suffered. To secure the right verdicts, you need an experienced South Carolina truck accident lawyer.
We will work diligently and to the best of our abilities to get the fair and just compensation that will help you to restore your quality of life. We are South Carolina truck accident attorneys serving Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, and surrounding areas that will fight for your rights every step of the way.
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Despite more stringent regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck accidents continue to rise, and truck accident injuries can be catastrophic, far more than car accidents or other motor vehicle accidents.
According to the 2019 South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book, fatal accidents involving trucks increased. Fatal tractor-trailer accidents and accidents with other trucks and commercial vehicles in 2018 were up by more than 20 incidents from 2017.
An accident can happen at any time, and the causes can vary widely. To file your South Carolina truck wreck claim, you need to determine what exactly happened and who is at fault. This can be tricky, because truck companies, loading companies, maintenance crews, and even parts manufacturers can hold responsibility for the truck accident, and all will try to pass the buck. They may even accuse you of being responsible. That is why having an experienced truck accident attorney in your corner is so important.
If you’re not sure what caused your commercial truck crash, our South Carolina truck accident attorneys can help. We will investigate the evidence and find the cause, which might be one of the following problems:
Driver fatigue is among the most common causes of tractor-trailer accident cases. Tractor-trailer drivers have a set time to work before they must take a break. However, their employers might provide an incentive for finishing routes earlier. This means there are truckers who have been on the road for far too long. That can lead to more mistakes and slower reaction times.
In addition, distracted driving is a problem among many passenger vehicle personal injury cases. Whether it’s a case of a driver using a cell phone while behind the wheel or reading, eating, drinking, or even fiddling with the radio, any distractions stop the driver from paying full attention to the road, and even a few seconds can be deadly.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the normal reaction time to avoid a hazard is about 1.5 seconds. When you are traveling at 55 miles per hour, your vehicle moves 121 feet in that 1.5 seconds. Imagine taking your eyes off the road for that much time to look at a text message or play with the radio. The consequences can be, and often are, disastrous.
Driving while intoxicated is already dangerous. When semi-truck drivers are under the influence with a risk of jack-knifing, they place even more lives in danger. Truckers who cause an accident while under the influence deserve to be held accountable for compensation. While punitive damages are rare in motor vehicle personal injury cases, if the driver was under the influence, these damages may be on the table.
While an 18-wheeler is less vulnerable than other vehicles to road hazards like potholes, road damage can cause an accident. When a government road authority doesn’t ensure drivers’ safety, victims can seek compensation.
Sometimes, vehicle parts like brakes or engine components are defective, and shoddy manufacturing can cause breakdowns at the worst times, which can result in a serious accident. In these truck accident cases, you can hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries, and include them in a claim or civil lawsuit.
Another common cause for truck accident claims is simple, basic carelessness. Sometimes truck drivers go too fast for the road conditions, ignoring speed limit signs or other signs directed toward trucking safety. They might just fail to check their mirrors or otherwise take careless action.
Blind spots can be another cause of accidents due to careless inattention. Trucks can have very long blind spots, or areas where their mirrors don’t reflect. If the driver fails to carefully check these spots before changing lanes or veering for any reason, they can strike another passenger vehicle, causing serious injuries.
If careless driving caused your accident, your South Carolina truck accident lawyer at HawkLaw can fight to hold the driver responsible and get you the compensation you deserve for things like medical expenses, property damage, brain injuries, and other non-economic damages.
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Once we have what we need to build a case for your claim, we will contact the insurance company or at-fault party and attempt to negotiate a fair and just compensation for your injuries. Our goal is to do right by you and agree on a fair and just settlement for your damages, pain, and suffering. If an acceptable settlement can’t be reached, your lawyer* will advise you about the option of going to court.
The truck driver who caused the accident is directly at fault for the damages incurred by the collision. Since truck drivers are at work, their employers—the trucking companies—might hold some responsibility for what happened to you. Additionally, you may prove that a third party like a manufacturer or a government agency is also at fault for the accident.
To determine who might hold responsibility, your South Carolina truck accident lawyer will look at many factors. This can include logbooks, the black box, witness testimonials, issues of driver fatigue, distracted driving from cell phone use, possible drunk driving, and other evidence.
When seeking compensation for a semi-truck wreck, insurance companies should provide a settlement for your claim. After your accident, contact the relevant insurance company, but take care not to mention fault. Claiming that you were partially responsible could hurt your claim. The insurer may send an adjuster to investigate your claim, who will seek evidence, investigate the injuries, and calculate the total costs of your accident. After that, the insurer will make you a settlement offer. Never sign anything before talking to your injury attorney.
The most pressing damages for truck accident victims are economic damages. These are fairly easy for an experienced truck accident attorney to calculate because they cover the financial losses you’ve suffered, like the cost of your car repairs and your medical expenses. Future losses can be estimated based on past expenses or wages.
Additionally, you should file for physical, emotional, or psychological damages that include pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional trauma, and other invisible injuries from the accident.
Punitive damages are exceedingly rare, though it’s a term you may have heard used. These damages are strictly to punish the defendant and are only applied in the most severe cases like drunk driving. Your South Carolina truck accident lawyer at HawkLaw will give you legal advice and provide relevant legal options if these damages are on the table.
You may be entitled to a free case evaluation* with a South Carolina personal injury attorney on your truck accident case if you meet certain criteria. Please see our disclaimer at the bottom of the page for more information regarding how to get a free case evaluation*, and get in touch with us using our online chat, with a phone call to 888.HAWK.LAW, or using our online contact form for more information. We will be more than happy to discuss our attorney’s fees and other issues and to explain our disclaimer and how it works. HawkLaw fights to win! Call us now so we can fight for you!
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