Questions About Truck Accidents
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If I am partly at fault for an accident involving a truck, can I still sue for damages?
Comparative negligence law in South Carolina allows compensation to a victim in proportion to your contribution to the accident as long as your contribution is less than 50%. Often, cases are settled during negotiations and a lawsuit is not necessary.
What are acts of God?
Acts of God are events that are of natural origin and were not foreseeable or preventable by a driver. There are no responsible parties for an act of God. However, there may be contributing factors, such as negligence in maintaining a piece of property that became involved in the accident and contributed to the damages.
How do acts of God affect my claim?
Despite the extreme natural event that appears to have caused the accident and resulting damage, if any aspect of the damage could have been prevented by proper maintenance of any factor contributing to the accident, that contribution would be considered negligence. Indirect, contributing factors are those that are foreseeable and preventable.
If truckers are the safest drivers on the road, why are they involved in so many accidents that they could have prevented?
Some of the factors contributing to a truck accident are a combination of the trucker stretching the rules (e.g. carrying excessive weight) and authorities not enforcing the rules. Some truckers falsify their logs and drive more hours than are allowed by law. Others don't heed warning signs (e.g. feeling sleepy, bad weather) and continue driving in an effort to meet a deadline or pick up an extra run.
Do I have to sue in the state where the trucker lives or where his employer is based?
Neither, unless they are in the state where the accident took place. If the accident took place in South Carolina, the lawyers of McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. can help. With experience in truck accident claims, we can guide you through the maze of laws and procedures to help you receive compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.
Please call McWhirter, Bellinger, & Associates, P.A. today at 1-800-694-0994 for a free consultation. Our offices are located in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina. Our truck accident lawyers in South Carolina are ready to serve you.
With offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina, our personal injury lawyers are ready to serve you. Call us today at 1-800-694-0994.
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