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What are the most common causes of truck accidents?
Truck accidents can be caused by a vehicle malfunction, defective roadways, overloaded trailers, poor vehicle maintenance, and inclement weather. However, a large number of truck accidents are caused by issues such as:
- Driver fatigue
- Aggressive driving/speeding
- Drug and alcohol use
- Improper driver training
The experienced South Carolina truck accident attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger, & Associates, P.A., will conduct an investigation into your accident to determine its cause and hold all negligent parties responsible.
Who can be held liable in a truck accident?
Truck accidents often involve multiple parties, all with insurance companies and attorneys fighting to minimize your settlement. Liable parties in a truck accident can include the driver, the company he works for, the company that loaded the trailer, mechanics, parts manufacturers, and even government entities.
With so many potentially liable parties, the only way to ensure you are treated fairly is with an aggressive truck accident attorney on your side.
What should I do after a truck accident?
One of the best ways to ensure you receive proper compensation is knowing what to do after a truck accident. Following a truck accident you should:
- Call 911 and cooperate with all emergency personnel
- Obtain contact information from all involved drivers and witnesses
- Take pictures of the accident from multiple angles
- Contact your insurance company
- Seek medical attention from your own doctor
- Contact a truck accident attorney
If your injuries prohibit action on the scene of the accident, our truck accident attorneys will do everything possible to gather information for your case. Make sure you do not admit fault to anyone you speak with following your accident.
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 to the cause of the truck accident 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.
Do I really need a truck accident attorney?
Truck accidents are complex and can include a number of liable parties. The only way to ensure you are treated fairly and provided full compensation is with the help of a truck accident attorney. You deserve someone on your side who will do whatever is necessary to help you recover. The truck accident attorneys at our firm are prepared to take your case and fight for your rights.
If you have questions about your truck accident, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., to schedule a free consultation today. Contact us through this website, or call 888-353-5513. We help victims of truck accidents throughout South Carolina from our offices in Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Sumter, Orangeburg, Aiken, and Newberry.
With offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina, our personal injury lawyers are ready to serve you.
For immediate help, call today at 888-353-5513.