Helping Charleston Truck Accident
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.
Types of Truck Accidents
A truck’s large size means they can become involved in a variety of accidents. Here are some of the most common.
If a truck stops suddenly in front of a car, the car may get stuck underneath the larger vehicle where it can get completely crushed and destroyed.
Jackknife accidents occur when a truck turns or tries to brake at high speeds. The back of the truck swings out toward the cab at a 90-degree angle. In these instances, the back of the truck may block the entire roadway causing a multi-car collision.
A squeeze play accident is when a vehicle is squeezed between a truck and another object. This often happens when a truck is making a right-hand turn. Because the truck needs extra room, it may get over to the left even though it’s turning right. If a driver doesn’t understand what’s going on, they may try to get around the truck and end up getting squeezed in the process.
Because cars are so much smaller than trucks, they may fall into the truck driver’s blind spot. If the driver doesn’t check carefully, they may try to get over not realizing there is a car next to them.
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.
Other Possible At Fault Parties
In some instances, a truck driver or their company will be responsible for the accident, but this isn’t always the case. Here are examples of other parties that may be to blame.
The Driver of the Car
The driver of the car may have exhibited reckless behavior that caused the accident.
The Truck Manufacturer
If the truck malfunctioned due to faulty parts, the truck manufacturer may be responsible.
A cargo loader is a third party that may have loaded supplies on to the truck. If items were loaded in a way that made the truck difficult to drive, or if the load ended up spilling on the street or freeway due to unsafe packing, the loader may be responsible.
Construction Site Contractor
Truck accidents can also be caused by debris in the road. If this is the case, the contractor may be responsible. If the city contracted the work, the government may be liable for damages.
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.
Hopkins Law Firm has over 30 years of experience in truck accident and personal injury law. They will help you gather evidence and build a strong case against at fault parties. They will be attentive to all your questions and concerns and help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
A truck accident is a traumatic experience. Don’t let at fault parties get away with it. Call Hopkins Law Firm to book a free consultation so you can get the closure you need to move forward with your life.Schedule Your Free Consultation
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