Pre-Existing Condition

The insurance company will attempt to obtain your medical records to find out if you had a preexisting medical condition before your accident. If you did, the insurer will try to defend itself by claiming your current injuries are the result of that condition, not the result of your truck accident. The truck crash lawyers at Derrick Law Firm will be ready for this defense and prepared to counter it by presenting your medical evidence and calling in expert medical witnesses to prove you were injured in the truck crash if necessary.

Failure to Mitigate Damages

If you’re injured by another party, the law requires you to mitigate damages. This means you’re expected to seek medical attention as soon as possible, follow your physician’s treatment plan carefully, do nothing to aggravate your injuries and accept only necessary treatments. The insurer might claim that you did not properly mitigate damages because you wanted your injuries to worsen and lead to a larger claim. An attorney can help you prove that you did mitigate to the best of your ability.

Third-Party Liability

If there were more than two vehicles involved in your accident, the trucker or trucking company might allege that a third party was primarily responsible for the crash. Again, your truck accident lawyer can investigate the wreck and obtain data from the truck’s onboard recording devices to prove who was at fault and is liable for damages.

Truck Accident Statute of Limitations In South Carolina

South Carolina generally gives you three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This may seem like a long time, but the wheels of justice can turn very slowly, and the attorneys of an insurer can employ delay tactics to drag out your settlement negotiations for a long time, hoping the statute will run before you file a suit. Your truck accident lawyer can make sure you observe the statute of limitations and all other procedural requirements of the court.

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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.