What You Need to Prove Liability

In order to prove your claim against an at-fault trucker who caused your accident, you need evidence such as testimony from witnesses to the crash, photos of the scene and the vehicles involved, a police report giving an official account of your accident and its causes, testimony of friends and family regarding your accident’s impact on your daily life, expert medical testimony about your injuries as well as present and future treatment, proof of the trucker’s negligence and/or any related mechanical failure, and proof of lost income due to your time off for recovery.

To demonstrate the cost of your medical care, you need documentation of all your doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, surgeries, physical therapy, and medications. It also helps to keep a daily journal of your treatment and recovery process. All this evidence may be very difficult for you to gather on your own when you’re trying to recover from serious head-on crash injuries. An experienced truck accident attorney knows how to gather, organize, and present all such evidence to prove your claim of negligence and liability against one or more potential defendants, such as the truck driver, the trucking company, a truck or replacement parts manufacturer, a mechanic or repair service that maintains the truck, and/or loading dock workers if cargo shifting contributed to your wreck. 

How a Myrtle Beach Lawyer Can Help You Succeed

A truck crash lawyer will be familiar with all the steps necessary to prove liability and demand reasonable compensation for your damages. There are many ways in which your attorney can help you seek a fair recovery, including:

  • Proving liability by investigating your wreck with the help of an accident reconstructionist if necessary
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses
  • Consulting with your doctors to determine your long-term medical needs and projected expenses
  • Calling in medical and vocational experts to testify as to the impact of  your injuries on your life and ability to work
  • Gaining access to the trucker’s logbooks to find out if FMCSA driving regulations were violated
  • Preserving and obtaining crucial data from the truck’s black box recorder and other on-board devices that record stops, starts, miles driven, and rest breaks taken
  • Accessing the truck’s maintenance records to see if mechanical issues caused the wreck
  • Viewing video footage of the crash from any nearby security or red light cameras
  • Monetizing your physical and emotional pain and suffering to evaluate your claim accurately
  • Demanding fair compensation from one or more liable defendants
  • Negotiating with multiple insurers for fair settlements
  • Filing multiple lawsuits and taking your case to court if reasonable awards are not offered

Have You Been Injured in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Truck Accident?

If you've been hurt in a truck accident, you should speak with an experienced South Carolina truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Myrtle Beach office directly at 843.488.3165 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our ConwayMyrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. PleasantNorth Myrtle Beach, Florence, or North Charleston office locations.


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