While the majority of auto accidents in South Carolina occur between two passenger vehicles, crashes involving larger trucks are also a common occurrence. Even if you’re a safe driver and remain aware of the dangers of large trucks
, collisions still happen.
More than 1,000 injuries are reported each year across South Carolina due to truck crashes, and what causes this type of accident is different from what causes a car accident. If you were injured in a Myrtle Beach truck accident, a local attorney who understands those differences may be able to help you recover damages.
Different Causes and Injuries for Truck Accidents
Because trucks are larger than cars and carry heavy cargo, accidents with a truck are often caused by different factors
and result in different types of injuries than those with a car. The causes of a truck accident can include:
● Wider blind spots
● Shifting cargo that was loaded improperly
● Rest period log violations
● Negligence on the part of the trucking company
Because catastrophic injuries are more likely if you collide with a truck rather than with a smaller vehicle, your potential for a larger settlement goes up based on the extent of your injuries and property damage. You may have a right to compensation for:
● Broken bones
● Permanent disfigurement and scarring
● Spinal cord or brain injuries
● Lost limbs or amputations
● Ongoing medical treatment
● Assistive care
● Loss of consortium
● Loss of work potential
● Intangible damage such as pain and emotional suffering
There’s no need to deal with these injuries alone. You should seek the aid of a Myrtle Beach attorney who has experience obtaining the highest compensation possible
for injuries caused by truck collisions. Because of the potential for such a large payout, an attorney is critical in helping you deal with insurance companies or at-fault parties who are likely to push back against payment.
Possible at-Fault Parties for Truck Accidents
Unlike a car crash on a street or highway where one driver is often at fault, there may be multiple at-fault parties in a truck accident. Our legal team may be able to show that the trucking company is also liable for damages due to:
● Poor hiring practices
● Training lapses
● Negligent supervision
● Lax retention policies
● Entrusting vehicles to unqualified drivers
● Failing to maintain trucks
Additionally, manufacturers may be liable due to faulty truck parts. With the aid of a skilled South Carolina personal injury attorney, you may be able to bring a case against any or all of these parties.
Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one was injured in a commercial truck accident in South Carolina, our experienced truck accident lawyers are ready to help right away. Contact us online, or call our Myrtle Beach, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.3165 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Conway, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.