Charleston Truck Accident Lawyers
Commercial Vehicle Accidents in South Carolina
Any car accident can result in serious, life-changing injuries, but collisions with large semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles tend to be especially catastrophic. Due to their immense size and weight, tractor-trailers nearly always cause extensive damage, severe bodily injury, and even death when they collide with other, smaller passenger vehicles.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we know how difficult it can be to get back on your feet after a large truck accident—but you don’t have to do it alone. Our Charleston truck accident attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process, advocate for your rights, and fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed. We know how to hold negligent truck drivers, trucking companies, insurance carriers, and other parties accountable, and we are ready to fight tirelessly for you and your family.
We offer free consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not pay anything upfront when you hire our firm. Instead, we only collect attorney fees and litigation-related costs if/when we recover a settlement or verdict for you.
Can You Sue a Trucking Company After an Accident?
The short answer is yes, you can sue a trucking company after a truck accident in many cases. Even when the truck driver was the one who caused the crash, the trucking company is often liable. However, there are many complicating factors that may affect whether or not you can bring a claim against the trucking company, or if you may have grounds for a personal injury claim against a separate third party.
The most important aspect of identifying the liable party after a truck accident is determining the cause of the crash. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver error and negligence
- Trucking company negligence
- Improper truck inspections, maintenance, or repairs
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo/freight
- Hours-of-service violations
- Failure to comply with federal and state trucking regulations
- Truck defects
- Defective roadways
- Poor roadway maintenance or repairs
Our Charleston truck accident attorneys work with a team of accident reconstructionists, economists, medical professionals, and other experts to investigate the cause of the accident, identify the liable party, and evaluate the extent of our clients’ injuries. This allows us to develop strong claims and innovative legal strategies designed to maximize our clients’ recoveries.
In addition to the trucking company, you could have a claim against one or more of the following parties:
- The truck driver
- A manufacturer
- The entity responsible for truck maintenance or repairs
- The party responsible for loading truck cargo/freight
- A construction company or municipal entity
- Another motorist on the road
Because truck accident claims are so complex, it is important that you work with an experienced attorney, like those at Mike Slocumb Law Firm, who can help you navigate the recovery process. We encourage you to reach out to our firm today to request a free consultation with a member of our team.
For more information, including how we can help with your truck accident lawsuit, call (304) 802-2115 or contact us online.
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While many people understandably want to know how much their truck accident claim might be worth, the truth is that no attorney can provide an accurate estimate regarding the value of your case without first reviewing the specific factors involved.
Many factors influence the value of your claim, including but not limited to:
- The nature and severity of your injuries
- The impact your injuries have had/will have on your life
- The cost of your medical care
- Projected future medical expenses
- Your degree of physical pain and mental suffering
- Whether or not your injuries result in a permanent disability or impairment
- Your ability to return to work and/or obtain any form of gainful employment
- The duration (or expected duration) of your injuries
- What types and amounts of insurance coverage are available
- Your degree of fault (if any) in causing the crash
Although these and other factors influence the specific worth of your claim, it is generally safe to say that most truck accident cases tend to be relatively high in value. This is because most truck accidents result in severe injuries and extensive damages. As a result, trucking companies and their insurance carriers (as well as other liable parties) are particularly invested in disputing, devaluing, and denying these claims.
We strongly recommend that you work with an attorney who has specific experience in this particular area of personal injury law. Truck accident cases are not like other types of auto accident claim; you want someone who understands the law and knows how to use it to your benefit.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our Charleston truck accident lawyers are ready to aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you are owed. We do not believe in settling cases for less than they are worth. Instead, you can count on us to continue pursuing a fair recovery on your behalf, even if that means taking your case to court.
Whether you were severely injured in a collision with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, or your loved one tragically passed away after an accident with a big rig or tractor-trailer, our team is here to provide the personalized and compassionate legal guidance you need to begin the healing process.
Schedule a free case evaluation with our attorneys today; call (304) 802-2115 or contact us online. Hablamos español.