Helping South Carolina Truck Accident Victims
In busy cities like Charleston, South Carolina, there are plenty of trucks on the road. These mighty vehicles carry freight from one city to the other with considerable loads making for difficult driving conditions.
Because trucks are so large and heavy, they are not easy for drivers to control. One wrong move and they may topple over or jackknife. If this occurs, they can cause multi-car accidents that are quite serious in nature.
While we would like to think that most truck drivers are well trained, this is not always the case. Truck driving is a difficult job and if a company needs to hire someone quickly, they may take on an employee that is not as experienced as they should be.
Truck drivers also spend long hours on the road. Under these conditions, even the most skilled drivers may become fatigued and experience lapses in judgement that can be fatal.
If you end up colliding with a truck, you can become seriously injured. The Hopkins Law Firm will help you become compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Read on to find out more about truck accidents and your rights.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can happen in a number of different ways, and at the Hopkins Law Firm, we are fully prepared to offer our representation to clients who have suffered injuries resulting from:
- Truck driver error
- Drunk driving accidents
- No-zone accidents
- Hours of service violations
- Trucking company negligence
- Truck malfunctions / defects
Accidents caused by any of the above can have devastating effects on unsuspecting and innocent motorists, and we believe that truck accident victims should not have to bear the financial responsibility for an accident they did nothing to cause.
Why are Truck Accidents So Complicated?
Most car accidents are pretty cut and dried. With two drivers colliding, it's a matter of finding out which driver is to blame. Once the at fault driver is established, parties can go from there to determine how much compensation is owed.
Truck accidents are a little more complicated because trucks are commercial vehicles. Therefore, drivers may be covered by the company they work for. Trucking companies may also be responsible if the accident was caused because the vehicle wasn't properly maintained or if the driver didn't receive adequate training.
In some cases, both the driver and the company may be liable for damages.
Going face to face with a trucking company has its shares of pros and cons. On one hand, the company is likely to have enough insurance to cover all damages. On the other hand, they will probably have a strong team of lawyers that will do all they can to pay out as little money as possible. If you are tackling a major corporation in court, you need an experienced lawyer on your side.
Truck Accident Compensation
Because trucks are so large, they can cause severe injuries to drivers. Victims of truck accidents may miss out on work; they may incur medical expenses and they may experience emotional and physical pain and suffering.
Damages can be awarded for any and all of the following:
- Immediate and ongoing medical expenses
- Permanent disability and disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage to the vehicle
- Loss of earnings due to missed work
The amount the victim ends up with will vary from case to case. It will be contingent on the monetary value of the items listed above as well as the percentage of fault the driver is liable for and the amount of coverage the defendant has.
Why Hopkins Law Firm is the Best Choice for Your Truck Accident Case
If you are involved in a Charleston, South Carolina truck accident, you want to be represented by an attorney you can trust to get you the compensation you deserve. Hopkins Law Firm will fight tirelessly for you.
If you've been injured in a truck accident, we don't advise that you try to handle the insurance companies yourself. They have an entire team of lawyers, adjustors, and investigators all working against you, to try and pay you as little as possible on your claim. With the Hopkins Law Firm, you have a team of legal professionals on your side, fighting to get you everything you deserve. Our truck accident lawyer can help you:
Our experienced truck accident lawyers know how to build your case to pursue the best possible outcome for you and your family. We have the resources and knowledge to investigate the circumstances of your accident, and to deal with intimidating and powerful insurance companies so you don't have to. We are personally committed to offering each of our clients high-quality legal representation.
Call us at 843-314-4202 or reach us by email. Our team offers a free consultation and won't charge attorneys' fees unless we help you recover money in a settlement or trial.