Many drivers in South Carolina assume that commercial vehicle operators are the best drivers on the road. But oftentimes this is not the case. Car crashes involving commercial vehicles are more common than you think – and more complicated than you would expect.
If a truck driver or someone driving a company car caused your Myrtle Beach car accident, David Taylor Law can help. Our law firm employs personal injury attorneys with trusted experience holding commercial vehicle drivers responsible for their actions.
What Is a Commercial Vehicle?
A commercial vehicle is a company-owned car, truck, bus or van that is driven by its employees. Depending on whether they’re used to transport workers, equipment or goods, commercial vehicles span the spectrum:
- Tractor trailers
- Delivery trucks
- City or school buses
- Moving trucks/vans
- Garbage and dump trucks
- Construction company vehicles
- Mail carrier and UPS/FedEx trucks
- Taxis/ridesharing passenger vehicles
- Fleet vehicles
- Repair trucks
- Corporate cars
- Oil/tanker trucks
Who Is Liable For Company Vehicle Accidents?
If your South Carolina car accident occurred when the driver of the company vehicle was on the clock, the company is responsible. Poor driver training or inadequate vehicle maintenance can result in a car accident, but regardless of the cause, the company is to blame. In most cases though, the trucking company or commercial business will do all they can to avoid a payout.
A representative from the company or their insurance company will assess the accident scene as soon as possible, and may try to use their report to shift the blame. That’s why it’s imperative to have an experienced South Carolina car accident lawyer on your side. Trust David Taylor to handle all communications with the insurance company, fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Types of Damages Awarded in Commercial Vehicle Accidents
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a company vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and suffering
Driving Tips to Avoid Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration puts regulations in place to ensure commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles share the road safely. But David Taylor Law recommends that drivers also keep these tips in mind to prevent Myrtle Beach car accidents:
- Drive defensively, watching for vehicles that are drifting out of their lane or disobeying the rules of the road.
- Avoid distracted driving and keep your eyes on the road.
- Never drive in a commercial vehicle’s blind spot.
- Give extra space when passing.
Call Your South Carolina Auto Accident Lawyers
Accidents involving commercial vehicles occur all too often, but David Taylor Law is committed to helping car crash victims get the compensation they deserve. Our law firm will first make sure you receive the proper medical attention, then work to recover damages – so you can focus on recovering physically.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident or a commercial vehicle accident in South Carolina, contact our law firm today to schedule your free consultation.