South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer
Considering that Interstates 95, 26, 77, and many other busy highways run through South Carolina, you probably expect that truck accidents occur frequently. It may seem like positive news to learn that truck collisions comprise just four percent of all traffic crashes in the state, but the South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports a disturbing statistic: Almost 25 percent of truck accidents lead to at least one fatality or injured victim. When you look at the massive size of semis, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial trucks, you can assume that the casualties involve the occupants of the passenger vehicle.
Losses for victims of truck accidents can be devastating, which is why state law provides you with options if you were hurt or lost a loved one. The Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm is prepared to guide you through the legal process, so please contact us to schedule a no-cost case review at our office in Charleston. A South Carolina truck accident lawyer can offer details, but an overview of liability and types of compensation may be helpful.
Liability in Truck Crash Cases
Large rigs share the road with many other users, so some of the same factors that cause other collisions may lead to truck accidents. Examples of driver negligence include speeding, running traffic signals, drunk driving, and failure to yield. However, there are numerous causes that are unique to truck crashes. For instance, the truck operator might fail to comply with Hours of Service (HOS) regulations or take turns too quickly with a heavy load.
In addition, truck accidents may be the result of misconduct by other parties. Examples include:
- Improperly loading and securing the cargo;
- Employer negligence in vetting, hiring, and training the truck driver;
- Failing to conduct inspections of the truck tractor, trailer, systems, parts, and components; and
- Manufacturing and design defects.
Victims May Be Entitled to Compensation
Like other motor vehicle collisions, you start the truck accident legal process by filing a claim with the operator’s insurance company. If the insurer refuses to settle for a fair amount, you may need to sue in civil court to recover compensation for your losses.
Still, there is one characteristic that makes truck crash claims extremely complex: Truck drivers must carry liability insurance in amounts that far exceed automobile policies. Knowing they could be paying out millions to injured victims, insurance companies assign truck collision claims to their most experienced employees who will look out for the company’s interests.
The Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm will diligently support your rights in dealing with the insurance company, and we have extensive skills in the courtroom. It is our goal to ensure you receive full compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Call Now to Speak to a South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer
For more information about your rights and remedies, please contact the Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm. You can set up a free consultation by calling 843-310-5555 or visiting our website. Once our attorneys review your circumstances, we can advise you on next steps.