Charleston Truck Accident Attorneys
Experienced Injury Representation in South Carolina
Truck accidents differ from private vehicle accidents in three important ways. First, they involve professional drivers who are held to higher levels of accountability than private individuals. Second, they involve commercial entities who can bear responsibility for the behavior of the drivers and vehicles under their authority. Third, they involve vehicles with far more mass and weight than normal.
What Are the Common Causes of South Carolina Truck Accidents?
Our Charleston truck accident lawyer has helped the victims of many truck accidents in South Carolina. As such our law firm has seen many causes of these terrible crashes. Here are a few of the most common causes of truck accidents in South Carolina:
- Distracted Driving
- Texting While Driving
- Driver Fatigue
- Failure to Obey Traffic Laws
- Improper Loading
- Neglected Maintenance
- Lack of Training
Though this is not an exhaustive list of the causes of truck accidents here in South Carolina, it does begin to paint a picture of the neglect that runs rampant in the industry. Do not become a victim of negligence on the part of a trucker or a trucking company. Consult a Charleston truck accident lawyer immediately for the compensation that you deserve.
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Truck Accident?
Determining liability in a truck accident can be incredibly complex. It often requires extensive investigations done by various experts. Liability may point to one person, or to multiple parties in other cases. This means that you may need to deal with multiple entities and insurance carriers that may be across state lines.
Liability can fall on one or more of the following parties:
- Truck driver: The driver can be held liable if he drove fatigued, exceeded the hours of service, was speeding, or drove while intoxicated.
- Trucking company: The trucking company is responsible for properly hiring, training, and setting realistic expectations for their drivers. They are also required to make sure that their trucks are safe from auto defects by conducting regular maintenance.
- Truck part manufacturer: If a defectively designed or manufactured part or equipment is to blame, then the manufacturer may be held liable. Proving will usually require experts who understand the mechanics and engineering of trucking equipment.
- Cargo/shipping company: By law, trucks must not exceed the maximum load and must be loaded properly so the weight is distributed evenly.
If you were injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, reach out to our attorneys in Charleston today.
Tough Advocacy for Victims of Commercial Truck Accidents
If you've been injured in an auto accident involving a truck or other commercial vehicle, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Our Charleston 18-wheeler accident lawyers at Kahn Law Firm, LLP have over 100 years combined experience. Along the way, we've learned what it takes to deal with corporate entities who are often far more concerned with covering their tracks than in making their victims whole. The initial consultation is free, and we can come to you if you're not able to come to us.
Contact us if you were injured in an accident involving:
- A tractor trailer
- A tanker truck
- A delivery vehicle
- A large freight truck
- An 18-wheeler
Don't Trust Just Any Personal Injury Firm!
There are plenty of personal injury lawyers in Charleston, but not all of them are committed to personalized client care. At Kahn Law Firm, LLP, we rely on facts to build a strong case. As such, we routinely turn down cases that cannot stand up under scrutiny. By limiting our case load, we're able to ensure that each client we do represent gets all of the attention they deserve.
Each year in South Carolina, more than 1,000 commercial truck accidents take place. Just as often, the commercial insurance companies who are on the hook for damages do all they can to limit their liability. Don't take chances with your financial future.