The last thing you expect when driving your vehicle is to get hit by a massive commercial truck. Unfortunately, this happens every day on South Carolina’s major highways. Tractor trailers weigh tens of thousands of pounds, even when unloaded. When they are involved in a motor vehicle accident, critical injuries and fatalities occur more frequently simply due to the sheer weight of the truck.
It’s important that you don’t wait to act after being hurt in a truck accident . Trucking companies often destroy records like driver’s logs and black box evidence before the victim even has a chance to file an injury claim. If you wait too long, you run the very real risk of having little to no evidence to back up your lawsuit. Here’s what you should know about truck accidents and how to get help from an experienced truck accident lawyer after you or a loved one has been injured in a collision.
Almost any type of injury can occur during a trucking accident, but here are some of the most frequently seen injuries caused by a collision with a large commercial truck:
The emotional toll of being involved in a truck accident should not be discounted. Pain and suffering after a truck collision can be astronomical and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is likely for victims.
Determining who is at fault for the truck accident is imperative to obtaining the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. In some cases, more than one party may be at fault. For example, the trucking company may have neglected to adequately maintain the truck at the same time that the truck driver chose to operate the vehicle while intoxicated. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, you may be able to bring a claim forward against more than one liable party.
The compensation you are awarded from a trucking accident lawsuit varies greatly depending on the severity of the accident and the available resources of the at-fault party. For example, a truck accident victim who successfully sues the trucking company and its driver may be able to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in reparations from the insurance company representing each party. However, if the at-fault party is a private owner-operator and lacks adequate insurance, there may not be enough coverage for the injuries you sustained and you may have to file a claim with your own insurance to pay for medical bills, lost wages, etc.
It’s important that you act right away after you or a family member were hurt in a truck accident, even if you feel like the injuries were minor. Often, motor vehicle accident injuries take time to develop, especially neck, back, and spinal cord injuries. Adrenaline may make it difficult for victims to understand how badly they are actually hurt after a collision, and delaying medical care could make it more difficult for you to successfully file a lawsuit later on.
At White, Davis, & White Law Firm, P.A., we have the extensive skills and experience needed to provide you and your family with comprehensive legal representation following a devastating truck accident. We understand the numerous challenges ahead, and we are committed to providing our valued clients with caring and compassionate legal advocacy. Contact us today by calling 864-231-8090. We serve the following areas in South Carolina and more:
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