South Carolina Trucking Accident Attorneys
Accidents involving commercial trucks often result in serious injuries. That's why it's crucial to have an experienced attorney on your side — one who understands the many complicated facets of South Carolina trucking accident cases. Not every attorney is equipped to handle this specific type of case, so it's important to choose one who knows the industry inside and out.
At David Taylor Law, our accident attorneys believe in transparency and trust, so you can expect regular updates and much-needed guidance throughout the entire legal process. Our team handles each case with care, providing a compassionate approach that sets our firm apart. If you've been injured in a trucking accident in South Carolina, trust David Taylor Law.
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What Causes Commercial Truck Accidents?
Just like car accidents, truck crashes can result from a wide range of causes. However, some scenarios are more common than others, putting drivers at risk when they’re sharing the road with big rigs.
These scenarios include:
Keep in mind that operating a commercial truck is much trickier than driving a car. Semi-trucks are much heavier than cars, sometimes tipping the scale at nearly 40 tons, making them much harder to stop. In fact, compared to passenger vehicles, commercial trucks’ distance to stop is about 20-40% farther. Not only this, but a commercial truck’s length makes it difficult to maneuver and change lanes – especially when large blind spots render other motor vehicles nearly invisible.
With all these challenges, it’s essential that truck drivers receive the proper training. But this requires time and money – two resources that South Carolina trucking companies don’t often want to sacrifice. They have their bottom line in mind, not the potential crashes involved.
It’s no secret that truckers drive long distances, often pushing themselves to complete their routes on time. This becomes incredibly dangerous when commercial truck drivers remain behind the wheel after drowsiness sets in. Steer clear of semi-trucks that are drifting in and out of the lane, making erratic corrections, or failing to maintain a consistent speed. Remaining vigilant when driving near big rigs in South Carolina could not only prevent commercial truck accidents but save your life.
Poor Semi-Truck Maintenance
Many commercial truck accidents are preventable, resulting from mechanical failures and improper maintenance. Poor communication between truck drivers and the companies that employ them often means that simple issues, like bald tires, worn-out brakes, or broken brake lights, aren’t fixed when they should be. These simple issues, though, can cause devastating collisions with passenger vehicles. South Carolina trucking companies must be held accountable for their negligence – and our law firm will fight to do just that.
Commercial Truck Accident Statistics
Large truck accidents account for about 1 in 10 motor vehicle crash fatalities, claiming the lives of 4,136 people nationwide in 2018 (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Of these fatalities, 67% were occupants of passenger vehicles, while only 16% were truck drivers.
Considering commercial trucks’ size and weight, this is no surprise. In 2-vehicle accidents involving a semi-truck, an overwhelming 96% of people killed were passenger vehicle occupants. Statistics like these are heartbreaking and prove that commercial truck accidents are far too common.
After your commercial truck accident, an investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the crash. The accident scene contains important evidence, including tire marks and road conditions that must be assessed as soon as possible. South Carolina insurance companies will send adjusters to document the scene and photograph both the commercial vehicle and the passenger vehicle involved. Witness statements will also be taken to record relevant information from drivers who saw the truck accident.
Remember, however, that the insurance company is not on your side. It’s best to have your accident attorney present as well, giving them a head start toward building your case against the trucking company. “Black box” data may also provide insight into the commercial truck accident’s cause. The electronic data recorder will reveal the semi-truck’s speed prior to the wreck and can also indicate if the driver used their brakes. This valuable information, in the hands of your lawyer, can be extremely helpful.
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A crash with a big rig is a big deal, with painful consequences that extend far beyond your accident injuries. Physical recovery can be difficult enough, without also worrying about medical bills, lost wages, and your accident’s potential impact on your family’s future.
At David Taylor Law, our trucking accident attorneys will help bear the burden, first ensuring you receive the medical care you need – and then fighting to secure the compensation you deserve.
Benefits may include reimbursement for the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Prescription medication
- Ongoing care for permanent disabilities
- Pain and suffering and other non-economic damages
- Wrongful death
Trucking accidents can be devastating but getting the answers you need should be quick and painless. We’ve provided some details here, and as always, our team is available to answer any additional questions about your specific case.
What Should I Do After My Trucking Accident?
Call 9-1-1 immediately and if possible, move to safety. If your vehicle is blocking traffic, move it out of the way if you can – but take photos of the accident scene first. Once emergency responders arrive, get treated for any injuries.
It’s also a good idea to write down anything you remember about the crash while it’s fresh in your mind. Be sure to get the truck driver’s contact information, as well as their insurance details and the name of the trucking company that employs them. Exchange contact info with any witnesses, too. Even if you feel fine, visit your doctor as soon as possible after your accident.
What Is a Commercial Truck and Why Is It More Dangerous Than Other Vehicles?
A commercial truck is a large vehicle used to transport commercial goods, such as an 18-wheeler tractor trailer, a tanker truck, a freight truck, or a delivery vehicle. Because these “big rigs” can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, they can’t be stopped or maneuvered as easily as the vehicles they share the road with – and that’s why collisions can be particularly dangerous.
How Are Trucking Accidents Different?
The commercial trucking industry is highly regulated, with truckers held to a certain standard of safety. Because of the special set of road rules, they’re expected to follow, trucking accident cases are particularly complicated. It’s crucial to have an experienced attorney who understands these rules on your side.
What Types of Damages am I Entitled to?
You may be eligible for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Non-economic damages are related to pain and suffering, disfigurement, etc.
Who Is Liable in a Trucking Accident?
Determining fault is a crucial step in a trucking accident case – but it’s often a difficult one. Depending on the cause of the wreck, any of the following parties may be to blame: the truck driver, the trucking company, the truck parts manufacturer, the freight loader, maintenance/repair services, etc.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Trucking Accidents?
Trucking accidents are often the result of driver error, such as distracted driving, speeding, or exhaustion. Poor truck maintenance or faulty parts can also cause accidents, as well as improper load placement.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
The statute of limitations in South Carolina is three years, meaning that local drivers have up to three years to file a lawsuit or insurance claim. Due to the time-sensitive nature of the evidence used in trucking accident cases, it’s best to contact David Taylor Law as soon as possible.
What If I’m Partly to Blame for the Accident?
While you may still be eligible for compensation, shared blame could decrease the value of your case. In South Carolina, you can recover damages if your share of the blame is less than 51%. Call us today to learn more.
Should I Accept a Quick Settlement from the Insurance Company?
No. The insurance company is not on your side, and their settlement offer will not likely account for the funds you’ll need in the future – especially if you require ongoing medical care. Let David Taylor Law handle all communication with the insurance company and trust our team to fight for the full compensation you deserve.
Do I Need a Trucking Accident Attorney?
As detailed above, trucking accident cases are particularly complicated. They require a comprehensive knowledge of the regulations governing the trucking industry, as well as the resources to gather the necessary evidence. Trust David Taylor Law to stand up for you, starting with your free consultation.
At David Taylor Law, our accident attorneys are in it for the long haul, equipped to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!