Truck Accident Lawyer – Sumter & Columbia, SC

Truck accidents generally involve tractor-trailers, buses, tow trucks, delivery and box trucks, flatbeds, tanker trucks, and other commercial vehicles. A large truck, such as an 18-wheeler, can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. That’s about 20 times more than the average passenger car. When a large truck and a smaller car collide, the damages are usually catastrophic. Trucking cases should not be handled in the same manner as car accident cases. Marc Brown is an experienced truck accident lawyer who is here to help you. If you or a loved one have been harmed in a truck accident in South Carolina or Georgia, contact us today to request a free consultation.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can be caused by numerous factors, making a thorough investigation immediately following a crash especially important. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

Driver Negligence

Either driver may have contributed to the accident via an act of negligence, such as speeding, driving while distracted, driving while drunk, or driving aggressively.

Driver Fatigue or Impairment

Truck drivers often have tight deadlines, and sometimes they choose to miss sleep in order to meet deadlines. Unfortunately, sometimes truck drivers also choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Driving while fatigued or impaired reduces reaction time and decreases the driver’s ability to make proper decisions while operating their truck.

No Zones

Tractor-trailers, often referred to as 18-wheelers or semi-trucks, have blind spots on all sides of the vehicle. Most people are aware of the blind spots on the sides, but there are also blind spots in the front and in the back. These blind spots are called “No Zones” and can include one or more entire lanes of traffic.

Loading Error

When cargo is not properly loaded or secured, it can shift while in transit. A cargo shift can be devastating, causing a trailer to shift or tip.

Trucking Company Negligence

Trucking companies are tasked with conducting thorough background checks on drivers, inspecting & maintaining trucks, holding drivers to hours of service requirements, ensuring drivers are properly trained, and more. The failure to do any of the above (or perform another duty) could lead to a crash.

Vehicle defect

When a vehicle is defective, the risk of an accident is high. Tire blowouts, defective brakes, and other improperly-functioning vehicle parts may cause a crash.

Attorney Marc Brown will work hard to determine the precise cause of your crash and then bring a lawsuit against the appropriate parties.

Damages You Can Seek After a Truck Accident

In a truck accident claim, multiple parties can often be sued for compensation, including the truck driver, the trucking company owner, the truck manufacturer, and even the government if hazardous road conditions were a cause of the accident. The types of damages you may be able to recover include:

  • Property Damage
  • Medical Expenses, including physical therapy, chiropractic care, and rehabilitation costs
  • Physical Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Lost Wages
  • Loss of Future Earning Potential
  • Lost Quality of Life
  • Punitive Damages

Steps to Take After a Truck Accident

Following a crash, you should seek medical treatment. When seeking medical treatment, you should provide the physician with as much information as you can about the accident and your symptoms so they can make the most thorough assessment possible. It is important that you follow all of your physician’s orders.

We also strongly advise that you file and request a copy of a police report, ensure all evidence relevant to your case is preserved, and talk to an attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations on your truck accident claim is three years. As soon as you experience a collision, the clock is ticking on your right to bring forth a claim.

It is also important to remember that you do not have to provide a written or recorded statement to the truck driver’s insurance company. Also, it is not in your best interest to provide a medical records authorization to the truck driver’s insurance company. Often, insurance companies will try to use this information to increase your degree of fault and minimize your degree of injury.

How We Can Help

Attorney Marc Brown is a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer. When you call our firm, we will start working on your case immediately. We aid you by investigating your case, determining and proving fault, calculating your damages, dedicating time and resources to your case, negotiating your settlement, and bringing your case to litigation if necessary.

We work on a completely contingency-fee basis, which means that you will face no upfront or hourly fees when you work with us. We only get paid when you recover for your claim.

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