Large trucks are a common sight on streets, roads, and highways in the Myrtle Beach area. Although these trucks are crucial to ensure that consumer goods and essential supplies get to South Carolina residents, they’re also frequently involved in major collisions. According to South Carolina’s traffic fact sheet, more than 1,000 injuries and 65 fatalities occurred in tractor trailer crashes across the state in 2017. Truck accidents often result indevastating physical injuries and damage to property that may put you out of work for a lengthy period of time.
If you were injured in a truck or tractor trailer collision, it's important to know who’s liable, so you can make your next move. In particular, keep in mind that the driver alone may not bear all the responsibility for your damages. There may be another liable party: the trucking company.
Because its responsible for the actions of its employees, the trucking company who hired the driver may also be at fault for the accident and owe you damages. With the aid of an experienced Myrtle Beach truck accident attorney, you may be able to seek compensation from a truck company in addition to the negligent driver.
How a Trucking Company May Be Liable for Your Accident
Cargo trucks such as 18-wheeler big rigs or other types of tractor trailers can cause catastrophic crashes. Their significant size creates large blind spots, so they can’t see other vehicles well. They also have a tendency to tip over, which is a recipe for a collision when combined with a negligent driver or negligent company behavior.
In South Carolina, the trucking company who hired the driver can be found responsible for negligent hiring, training, supervision, entrustment, retention, and maintenance. Both the truck driver and the trucking company may be liable for the accident that caused your injury, which is why you need legal representation to help you receive full and fair compensation. A skilled South Carolina truck accident attorney can help you gather evidence to show liability due to:
● Negligent hiring by failing to perform a background check or confirm driving qualifications
● Negligent training by failing to teach safe driving practices and ensure the driver knows state traffic laws
● Negligent supervision by ignoring logbook violations or allowing drivers to exceed maximum drive hours
● Negligent retention by refusing to discipline or fire drivers with frequent dangerous driving incidents
● Negligent entrustment by allowing unqualified, improperly trained, or even medically impaired drivers to utilize a tractor trailer
● Negligent maintenance by failing to repair and maintain the tractor trailer involved in your collision
A trucking company may be held responsible for your accident if it didn’t have proper policies in place to handle these issues or if it had them but chose to ignore them.
Frequent Myrtle Beach Truck Accident Causes
When dealing with a truck accident, both insurance providers and the trucking company involved will often seek to put the blame solely on the other driver to avoid paying compensation.
A skilled truck injury attorney can utilize trucking professionals and gather evidence to show possible factors in the crash:
● Truck driver fatigue
● Excessive speed
● Traffic violations such as failing to maintain a proper distance from another vehicle
● Drunk or impaired driving
● Inadequate training
● Mechanical and/or maintenance problems with the truck
● Cargo shifting or improper loading
Any of these common Myrtle Beach truck accident causes could be due to negligent behavior on the part of the driver’s employer.
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, you should speak with a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. 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 Charleston, Conway, Florence, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.