Who Is Liable When a Semi-Truck Crashes?

If you’re involved in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver in South Carolina, you’re entitled to file a claim against the at-fault trucker’s insurance company for your medical expenses, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering. It’s also possible that the following defendants might share liability for your accident and bear partial responsibility for your damages:

  • The trucking company that employs the driver has a duty to keep its trucks mechanically sound and in safe operating condition. The company is also required to put only properly trained, safe, and well-rested drivers on the road. If it breaches any of these duties, it can be held liable for your damages.
  • A mechanic or repair service that maintains the truck can be held responsible if faulty repairs played a part in your crash.
  • The truck manufacturer or a replacement parts manufacturer could bear responsibility if equipment failure caused your wreck.
  • Cargo loading personnel can be held liable for your accident if the truck’s cargo shifted due to improper loading and caused the truck to roll over or jackknife. 

The complications that arise in the insurance claims process when there are multiple defendants generally require the services of a truck accident lawyer .

How Your Lawyer Can Help

Because brain injury claims are among the most expensive for the insurance companies involved, these insurers may dispute, devalue, delay, or deny your claims in order to save money for their shareholders. In many such cases, an insurance adjuster may offer you a quick, low settlement in hopes that you’ll accept it before you know what your total medical expenses are going to be. We recommend you consult an experienced truck accident lawyer before accepting a settlement.

Your lawyer can investigate your wreck thoroughly with the help of an accident reconstructionist to identify multiple defendants and determine their respective percentages of fault. Your lawyer may also:

  • Obtain valuable data from the truck’s black box data recorder and dashboard camera
  • Subpoena the truck driver’s logbooks, safety records, blood-alcohol tests, and cell phone records to determine whether distraction, fatigue, or intoxication played a role in your crash
  • Make reasonable demands for compensation from all identified defendants
  • Negotiate for fair awards
  • File multiple lawsuits to fight for you in court against defendants who refuse to offer reasonable settlements. 

Truck crash brain injuries can lead to life-changing physical and cognitive problems, so it’s very important to get fair compensation from all liable parties. Once you accept a settlement, you can never ask for more money in the future, no matter what the long-term repercussions of your brain injury might be. An experienced truck crash lawyer can help you seek a reasonable settlement and make sure you don’t leave any money on the table.

Have You Suffered a TBI in a South Carolina Truck Crash?

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 Charleston, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.2359 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.