Trucking Accident Lawyers: Victim Accident Compensation in South Carolina
Tractor trailer accidents have serious and lethal consequences. While the average car on the road weighs approximately 3,000 pounds, tractor trailers and their cargo can weigh in as heavy as 80,000 pounds, resulting in catastrophic events.
The South Carolina 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. handle all kinds of tractor trailer accident cases including:
- Catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries
- Severe burn injuries
- Commercial truck accidents
- Defective automobiles
- Seatbelt, child restraint, and airbag defects
- Rollover accidents
Why You Need a Trucking Accident Lawyer Right Away
Immediately after a big rig accident, the trucking company will send its attorney to the scene. You need to have the same competent representation.
The insurance companies who most often defend at-fault drivers spend millions of dollars teaching their adjusters how to successfully deny claims — all of which can make even a “minor” car or pickup-truck wreck anything but simple for a plaintiff’s attorney. Our Trucking Accident attorneys and investigators understand what is at stake. We have the experience and the resources to move quickly to preserve evidence at the scene of the tractor trailer accident, interview witnesses, evaluate police reports, and to answer tough questions.
Semi-Truck / Tractor Trailer Accident Evaluation
To fully evaluate a trucking accident case, our South Carolina Trucking Accident Lawyers utilize a network of experts including: investigators, automotive engineers, and accident reconstructionists. Our network enables us to gather the evidence needed to determine the exact cause of the crash and the responsible party or parties.
State and Federal Regulations
As in many cases, there are additional contributing causes of accidents that involve a complex analysis of the design, manufacture, and maintenance of the truck itself.
Trucking is a regulated industry, and Federal and State regulations and guidelines must be considered. If the owner, leasing entity, contracted user or driver of the truck fail to comply with such mandates, including those of the Department of Transportation (DOT) for example, then liability can arise on their part as well.
Because of the inherent danger of driving trucks, due to their sheer size and mass, rigid requirements exist with respect to their design and maintenance to make them safer for operation. These requirements are placed on owners and operators to ensure that the vehicle’s key systems, such as the truck’s tires, brakes, hydraulics and lighting systems, are kept in proper working order. In accidents involving trucks, the vehicle’s design, manufacture, and maintenance must be considered.
Tractor Trailer Accident Compensation
The amount of compensation that a person injured or killed in a semi truck accident, car-truck accident, or trailer disconnect accident receives depends upon several facts, including the financial losses, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.
Simple car, motorcycle, and truck accidents do not exist. The reality is that even those cases which do not involve life altering injuries or complex legal questions are often defended aggressively by insurance companies.
Questions asked in tractor trailer accident cases:
- Was the truck properly loaded?
- Was the truck over the weight limit?
- Were alcohol or drugs involved?
- Did the driver have enough sleep?
- Was the vehicle properly maintained?
- Were the truck log books accurate?
- Was the truck driver working an appropriate amount of hours?
- Did the driver take into account blind spots?
Let Our South Carolina Trucking Accident Attorneys Assist You
If you or someone you know has been involved in a trucking accident, contact us for a free case evaluation at 803.252.4800. As South Carolina trucking accident lawyers, we have experience in litigating accidents involving large privately-owned or commercial trucking companies, and the manufacturers that make and sell the trucks themselves. We stand ready to bring our knowledge to bear for consumers injured in trucking accidents due to truck defects or related negligence.
We know that many truck accident injuries do not appear serious at first, but that they may, in fact, plague the victim for life. Our attorneys and support staff are experienced in this regard and can aggressively pursue compensation for all your injuries, both current and future. Many accident victims that we represent are hesitant about going to court. Many times we are able to resolve an accident case without filing a lawsuit. However, if the insurance company digs in their heels, you can be sure that we will be up to the challenge.
Contrary to what television lawyers may tell you, motor vehicle accidents are not simple. In all likelihood, what “getting the cash you need now” really means is that you will not have the cash you will need down the road. If you or someone you love has been injured in a tractor trailer accident, contact the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case at 803.252.4800.