Other Parties

Other parties that might bear partial responsibility for your truck accident include:

  • The truck’s owner or a leasing agency if the truck is not owned by the trucker or the company that employs the trucker
  • The truck manufacturer or a manufacturer of replacement parts if equipment malfunction causes your crash
  • A third-party mechanic or repair service that fails to maintain the truck properly
  • A government agency if road conditions or faulty or missing traffic signs or signals play a role in the wreck

Shared Liability

In some cases, even if the driver negligently caused the wreck and the trucking company did not violate any rules, the trucking company can still bear partial liability simply because the driver was carrying out job duties when the crash occurred. In other cases, both the trucker and the company might be found liable for damages.

Why You Should Speak With A South Carolina Truck Accident Attorney As Soon As Possible

When multiple defendants are involved in an accident claim, the process becomes legally complex and could be very difficult for you to carry out on your own, especially when you’re recovering from serious injuries. The truck crash lawyers at the Derrick Law Firm will work to identify liable parties and determine their percentages of fault. Doing so allows your attorney to make demands for reasonable compensation from each defendant.Myrtle Beach Truck Accident Lawyer | Derrick Law Firm Injury Lawyers

Your lawyer can also help your case by:

  • Interviewing witnesses to the accident
  • Obtaining footage of the crash from nearby security or red-light cameras
  • Gaining access to data from the truck’s black box recorder, dash camera, and other on-board devices
  • Examining the driver’s log books or electronic logging device (ELD) to find out if HOS regulations were violated.
  • Checking the trucker’s driving and safety records
  • Obtaining results of the trucker’s sobriety tests to find out if drug or alcohol impairment was a factor in the crash
  • Consulting with your doctors to determine your long-term medical needs and related expenses
  • Negotiating with the trucking company and other defendants for reasonable compensation
  • Filing multiple lawsuits and taking your case to court if fair settlements are not offered

What to Do After a Myrtle Beach Truck Accident

If you’re physically able to do so after a truck crash, you can strengthen your damage claim by calling 911 to report the accident, taking photos of the vehicles and the scene, exchanging information with the other driver(s) involved, getting contact information from eyewitnesses, seeking medical care right away, and informing your own insurer of the accident. Do not speak to any adjusters or other representatives of the trucker’s or trucking company’s insurer, and do not admit fault to anyone. Contact the Derrick Law Firm and let us do the talking.

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