Truck accidents in South Carolina are a lot more common than you think! This, unfortunately, also means that injuries and deaths caused by these sorts of accidents are also common. If you or a loved one receives an injury as a result of an accident involving a semi-truck, we encourage you to contact a truck accident attorney right away.
The road is meant to be shared, but large trucks take up quite a bit of it. This can become dangerous quickly when the truck driver is negligent, distracted, drunk, or drowsy. Regular vehicles sustain a lot more damage when involved in an accident involving a large truck.
Trucks have special requirements
A semi-truck needs more maintenance than the average vehicle in order for it to be safe for the road. Large trucks usually drive hundreds or thousands of miles regularly. Because of this routine maintenance is important to ensure that the trucks are road ready.
An experienced truck attorney like those at The Clardy Law Firm will know and understand the basic requirements that trucks must meet to be road ready. They’ll also have the knowledge to be able to analyze whether proper maintenance was performed and whether is was a contributing factor to the crash.
Trucks are subject to federal laws
In the U.S., truck drivers must drive less than a certain amount of hours within a given time frame. Both the drivers and their trucking companies have to keep track of this information.
Truck accident claims usually involve employers or manufacturers
In South Carolina, a trucking company may be responsible for the negligence of one of its truck drivers. What this means is that you may be able to sue both the driver of the trucker and his/her employer.
Many truck accidents often result from the employer’s side. This could be from improper truck maintenance, inadequate training, or failure to maintain records.
In cases involving commercial vehicles, you should find an attorney to represent you that understands the complexity of the situation. Your lawyer will be more likely to explore all possibilities of what/who contributed to your accident and will be more likely to help you receive the full value of your claim.