Charleston SC Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents account for five thousand deaths and over a hundred thousand injuries annually in the U.S. That’s a death or injury once every sixteen minutes in accidents involving large trucks, semis, and big-haul trailers.
In South Carolina, ninety-five percent of those fatalities and injuries happen to the innocent occupants of nearby cars, not occupants of the trucks. The power and weight of these big rigs make them dangerous. The also carry flammables, toxins, and freight that adds even more danger and weight.
Anyone you know who has gotten into a truck accident resulting in death or injury can take advantage of a free consultation with South Carolina trucking accident attorney, David Aylor. We can review the situation and explore your choices. You could be qualified for a payout to address treatment, loss of income, pain, and suffering, and other losses.
Contact our office today at 843-744-4444 and speak with an experienced truck accident attorney, or fill out the Free Consultation form to the right.
Truck Driver Negligence and Fraud Leads to Collisions
With over fifteen and a half million trucks operating in the U.S., accidents are bound to happen. Most drivers are conscientious professionals, but many trucks are being piloted by drivers without appropriate licenses and training. The government has identified fraud involving licenses in 24 states, and is continuing to investigate thirteen more. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that unlicensed and untrained drivers are part of more than half a million accidents annually.
Additional Truck Accident Information:
- Due to the huge difference in size, large trucks are about two-times more likely get into a fatal accident as a car.
- According to transportation authorities, as many as thirty percent of large trucks on the road are over their legal weight requirements.
- Fifteen percent of accidents resulting in death are dues to overloaded tractor trailers.
- Seventy-three percent of fatal truck wrecks are caused by tractor-trailers.
- Eighty-five percent of deaths are not occupants of the trucks involved.
- 40% of South Carolina trucking accidents are caused by drivers falling asleep or drifting off. 1 in 5 admitted falling asleep at the wheel once or more times a month.
- In addition to sleep deprivation, accidents happen due to poor driving habits like speeding, tailgating, making unsafe lane changes, poor maintenance, driver intoxication, or shifting and unsteady freight.
If you, or anyone you know, has been involved in a South Carolina trucking accident, contact attorney David Aylor, an advocate for getting financial compensation for those who are injured and the families of those killed. Contact us by calling 843-744-4444 or by filling out our Case Evaluation form.
Charleston Trucking Accident Lawyer
Commercial trucks, also known as semi-trucks, are the largest vehicles on the road. These tractor-trailers are traveling all over the country delivering loads of products. Although these trucks are useful, they are considered some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. A semi-truck weighs thousands of pounds and is much larger than an average vehicle. Even though we’re used to sharing the road with these giant vehicles, accidents can occur. Unfortunately, when there is an accident with a semi-truck, the injuries can be catastrophic. If you have been in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you need to call an attorney.
David Aylor is a skilled Charleston trucking accident lawyer, experienced in handling many types of trucking accident claims. We understand that these types of accidents can be overwhelming because of the number of damages. There are a few instances where injuries and damages are minor. We understand that you have extensive medical bills and damages, and you need compensation to cover the cost. We can help you with your case to ensure that you get the settlement that you deserve. If you have been in a trucking accident, you should reach out to our offices immediately to schedule your free consultation.
What causes trucking accidents in South Carolina?
Accidents can happen when you least expect them, and they’re similar regardless of the vehicles involved. So, trucks and cars often have the same causes of their accidents. One of the most important aspects of your accident is determining who is at fault. Don’t worry if you are unsure, we can help you determine who caused your accident. Some of the most common causes include:
- Fatigued Driving: Driving while you’re tired can be even more dangerous than driving under the influence. Truckers work on the road, and they constantly have to meet deadlines. So, truckers frequently push themselves and can end up driving tired on the road. When drivers have been on the road too long they will have slower reaction times, which can cause accidents.
- DUI: Driving under the influence is dangerous in a small car, and it’s even more deadly in a thousand-pound truck. If you are hit by a trucker driving under the influence, you deserve compensation. Everyone should be sober behind the wheels of their vehicles.
- Hazards on the road: Tractor-trailers aren’t as affected by items on the road, but they can still hit a pothole and cause an accident. If you have been injured because of a poorly maintained road, you could be entitled to compensation.
- Defective parts: If a manufacturer doesn’t make safe parts, then they are liable for the damage and destruction that they cause. The manufacturer should be held responsible if a failed part caused your accident. These can be complex cases, so you should reach out to an experienced attorney.
Who was at fault in my accident?
The first step of your claim is determining who was at fault in your accident. Generally, the fault is between you and the other parties involved in your accident. However, there are situations where a third party could be responsible, as a part manufacturer.
Truck drivers are generally responsible for their trucking accidents. Even though the driver is responsible, it isn’t as simple as someone in their personal vehicle. Most truck drivers don’t own their trucks, so you have to deal with a truck company. Once we investigate your accident, there could end up being several parties responsible for your damages.
We handle insurance companies
Since there are several parties involved in the accident, there are also several insurance companies to contact. A skilled attorney can contact these insurance companies on your behalf while handling your case. You could talk to them on your own, but that’s a bad decision. Most insurance companies will take advantage of the fact that you are inexperienced. Each time you call into your insurance company, your call is recorded. Anything you say in these calls can be used against you in your case. Your insurance company is always going to look for ways to deny your claim or settle for less. So, you need to be careful about what you say to insurance companies.
After your accident, we will find the insurance companies that represent the parties involved. Then, insurance companies generally send an adjuster out to review the damages. This adjuster will gather evidence, determine who was at fault and evaluate all of the costs of the accident. The insurance company will take this information and determine a fair settlement for your accident. However, we’ve seen numerous cases where the settlement offer wasn’t fair, and victims of accidents didn’t know. Insurance companies rely on the fact that you aren’t experienced in negotiating settlements. Most victims without attorneys will take the first offer because they need compensation to repair damages and move forward. Hiring an experienced attorney will help you avoid this mistake.
What should I do after a trucking accident?
The first thing you should do after you have been involved in a trucking accident is to make sure that you are safe. Many of these accidents occur on interstates and, if possible, you need to get out of the way of traffic. Next, you need to call the police and emergency services. Once everything has been documented, you should find an experienced trucking accident attorney. If you want the best settlement possible, you’ll need a professional to handle your case.
What type of compensation can I get in my settlement?
There are two main types of damages that we can seek: economic and emotional. Economic is easy to calculate because there is a numeric value. Emotional damages are harder to give a value, but an experienced attorney can use their knowledge to get you a proper settlement.
Hire a Charleston trucking accident lawyer today
Your number one priority should be focusing on your health and recovering. Let us handle the stress of your trucking accident case, so we can get you the compensation you need. Contact our offices today to schedule an appointment.