South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents make the news because the damage they cause, unfortunately, is often devastating due to the sheer size and nature of large commercial trucks. While this threat may be significantly mitigated by trucking companies that uphold safety standards and drivers who are well-trained, there are still operators who pose a threat by driving under stressful or dangerous conditions. Serious lapses in judgment contribute to truck accidents with some regularity. Sadly, the injuries often sustained in these accidents are severe and can leave victims and their families without any real means of covering the financial burden associated with the recovery process.
At Evans Moore, LLC, our truck accident attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of accident victims and their families as they struggle to cope with the consequences of that accident.
Truck Accident Claims in Charleston
In the wake of a truck accident, you need experienced, dedicated legal representation on your side to help you through this difficult time. By contacting Evans Moore, LLC, your case will be handled by both James B. Moore III and Scott C. Evans personally, fighting to help you pursue compensation for the unnecessary pain and suffering you have been forced to endure.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be legally entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical and emotional trauma, as well as pain and suffering. However, navigating the legal system on your own can be daunting, and you are less likely to receive the full compensation you are entitled to with the help of an experienced attorney by your side.
Our legal team possesses both the experience and the resources to help you pursue truck accident claims involving any of the following:
- Drunk Driving– Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% and over are legally considered to be impaired, and should not be allowed to operate a vehicle.
- Mechanical Defect or Malfunction– Manufactures are responsible for making sure their products are safe and if they discover an unsafe product has made its way to market, then it is to be recalled. Mechanical defect for trucks is often attributed to faulty tires and bad brakes.
- Employer Negligence or Liability– Trucking companies must uphold high standards to ensure safety for truck drivers and other drivers on the road. Employers should take appropriate measures to properly train their employees, as well as perform comprehensive truck inspections. Trucking companies can be held liable for negligence that led to a trucking accident.
- Truck Driver Error– Driver errors can happen to any driver; however, when truck drivers make errors, the consequences can be grave and even life-threatening. A distracted driver in a negligent driver and truck drivers must remain vigilant when behind the wheel to avoid any unnecessary driving errors.
- No-Zone Accidents– Areas surrounding a truck are known as ‘no-zones.’ Truck drivers are required to take extra precaution when driving to ensure that their driving does not harm cars in their ‘no-zone.’ No-Zone accidents can occur when a driver slams on his breaks or switches lanes suddenly.
Who is liable for a truck accident?
The truck driver, trucking company, or owner of the truck can be held liable for the truck accident. Truck drivers have specific responsibilities as a driver and as an employee to uphold while driving a truck. The trucking company or the owner of the truck has a responsibility to ensure that they adequately train and monitor their drivers, as well as adequately maintain their fleet. In the case of a mechanical defect or malfunction including brakes or faulty tires, the manufacturer of the defective products can be held liable. Each case is different and highly circumstantial; therefore, the best way to determine who is at fault for your accident is to contact an attorney today to discuss your case.
Why do I need a police report?
Police reports are crucial to build a strong case. These reports include important information including names and contact information of the parties involved, a detailed description of the accident, and a description of who may be at fault for the accident. Obtaining a police report is critical to building a strong case in court. Having the official police report will only make your case that much stronger.
What type of compensation am I eligible for?
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you could be eligible for financial compensation to assists with the aftermath of the accident. You may receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
How do I know if my family has a wrongful death case?
A wrongful death case can be pursued if your family has lost a loved one due to another’s negligence; this includes drunk driving, driver errors, or any negligent act that may have led to the accident. Losing a loved one is not easy, and we understand how hard it is to recover from this type of loss. Hiring a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind, but it is crucial. Although no amount of money will bring back your loved one, you are eligible for financial compensation to help recover from the medical expenses, potential loss of earning, and pain and suffering.
Does driver fatigue contribute to truck accidents?
Fatigued drivers are the leading causes of truck accidents. Due to the nature of trucking, long hours on the highway, drivers often drive fatigued. While there are standards set by the government on how many hours a truck driver can drive at a time, these measures are often ignored.
U.S. Truck Accident Statistics
Studies from both the in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) report devastating statistics regarding track accidents in the United States. Key findings from both reports including:
- According to the IIHS, 3,852 people died in truck crashes in 2015 with 16% of deaths being truck drivers and 69% of fatalities were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles.
- According to NHTSA, an estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2014, a 17 percent increase from 2013.
- 79% of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays with 71 percent occurring between 6 a.m. and 6.p.m.
- About one out of every four fatal large-truck crashes occurred on an interstate.
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Consult with a Truck Accident Attorney in Georgetown
If you have been injured in a truck accident anywhere in the state, you should speak with one of the truck accident lawyers at Evans Moore, LLC, to begin developing an aggressive legal strategy against the responsible party. To discuss the particulars of your situation with one of our accident lawyers, please call our offices at (843) 995-5000 today.