If you suffer a bone fracture as a result of an accident caused by a negligent truck driver, you’re entitled to file an insurance claim for your damages, which include medical bills, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering. Unlike a car accident, though, a truck crash might have more than one defendant who is fully or partially liable for your damages.

When There Is More Than One Liable Party

When you’re involved in an accident with another passenger car, the at-fault driver, alone, is responsible for your damages, except perhaps in the case of a DUI crash, in which a third party who served that driver alcohol might be partially liable. In an accident with a commercial truck, responsibility for your damages could be shared among more than one party. The driver’s employer (typically a trucking company) is liable for damages caused by its employees in the course of doing their jobs. If, for example, the company pressures its driver to spend more hours on the road without rest than legally permitted, it has violated its duty of care to other drivers on the road and can be held liable.

If the truck crash that injured you was caused by defective equipment or a mechanical problem, a manufacturer and/or a truck repair service could be held responsible. If the accident resulted from improper loading of the truck’s trailer, cargo-loading personnel could be partially at fault and owe you compensation. These multiple defendants might all have different insurance companies with which you may file damage claims, but doing so is a complex legal process with many procedural requirements and deadlines. The average person recovering from truck crash injuries and perhaps taking medication is generally not up to the task. That’s why the services of an experienced truck accident lawyer are highly recommended in such a case.

The Role of Your Attorney 

A truck accident attorney knows how to identify multiple at-fault parties in a truck accident and investigate to determine their respective percentages of blame. Your attorney can also:

  • Call in an accident reconstructionist and medical experts to strengthen your claim
  • Interview any eyewitnesses
  • Obtain data from the truck’s on-board recording devices
  • Gain access to video footage of your wreck from nearby security or red-light cameras
  • Communicate with multiple insurers and demand reasonable compensation from each
  • Negotiate on your behalf for fair damage awards
  • File multiple lawsuits and take your case to court if reasonable settlements are not offered.

Have You Been Injured In A Florence, South Carolina Area Truck Accident?

If you've been injured in a Florence truck accident you should speak with a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Florence, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.7540 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our CharlestonConway, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. PleasantNorth Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

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