In 2017, there were more than 5,000 Trucking Accidents in South Carolina.
In the same year, 1,637 vehcile occupants were injured by Commercial Trucks.
50% of Commercial Trucking Collisions are the Truck Driver’s fault.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has determined that semi-trucks are involved in nearly seven percent of all fatal accidents that occur on South Carolina highways. Most of these fatalities aren’t semi drivers but the drivers and passengers in the other vehicle(s). Semis top out at 80,000 pounds, while the average car weighs in at around 4,000. This weight differential leaves little room for avoiding serious injury whenever accidents involving 18-wheelers and passenger vehicles occur.
Because of the extreme inherent dangers, South Carolina carefully legislates to help limit truck accidents, including strict licensing standards for all commercial drivers. Despite these state efforts and federal regulations that are in place to improve safety conditions, truck accidents continue to happen every day in South Carolina. Most of these accidents are preventable. Many are cause by rushed, careless, or negligent driving and/or rushed, careless, or negligent maintenance and regulatory standards on the part of the trucking company.
This country depends on our 18 wheeler semi-trucks. You can be assured that every item you purchase in your store has at one time or another been transported by a semi-truck. This is good news for every one of us as we can find what we need in almost every part of the country.
The bad news is cars, vans, trucks and SUV’s that share the road with these large semis are driving down the road with deadly giants. Sadly, injuries and death occur every 16 minutes when a personal vehicle is involved in a collision with a semi-truck. These accidents tend to be multi-vehicle, meaning they have more injuries and result in more deaths.
Semi-Truck drivers can engage in the same kinds of careless and dangerous behavior in which any other driver may engage from time to time, including the following:
Unfortunately, when truck drivers violate the law or are careless, they put us all at risk simply due to the size and weight of the vehicles that they are driving.
Commercial truck drivers are responsible for driving safely on South Carolina roadways. They’re required to operate vehicles that are safe, inspected for any safety issues, and well-maintained.
While most large trucking companies and their drivers stay in compliance with their commitment to safety, there are always exceptions. And when a large truck causes an accident, or bears responsibility, they must be held accountable to the victims.
An alert, healthy, experienced, and engaged commercial driver is one of the best mechanisms for ensuring improved safety on the road. A well-maintained semi-truck that’s rigorously checked (as mandated by law) before, during, and after each haul is the second most vital component of safe trucking. A well-run trucking company that’s proactive in keeping their trucks running smoothly and safely is the third crucial element to improved 18-wheeler safety. There are further considerations for truck drivers, their semis, and trucking companies that go well beyond the average driver’s responsibility when it comes to sharing the road.
Commercial trucks, like all motor vehicles, are made up of many moving parts that have the potential to malfunction and create dangerous conditions that can wreak havoc on the road. There are several truck parts that are most likely to be involved in a semi-truck accident:
Any of these maintenance concerns, left unchecked or improperly repaired, can lead to perilous driving conditions with potentially catastrophic results.
It’s the trucking company’s responsibility to implement a comprehensive and reasonable system that regulates the maintenance of its fleet. The responsibility for ensuring that commercial trucks are in roadworthy condition is shared by the trucking company, its drivers, and several other entities, who ultimately may be identified as sharing legal liability:
Trucking companies and their commercial drivers are responsible for regular maintenance and inspection of their rigs. Other actors, however, can still be implicated in truck accidents that are caused by mechanical failure.
There are several other factors that can be overlooked when investigating the dynamics of an 18-wheeler case:
Liability for trucking accidents can fall on a number of other entities. This may include:
Frank Hartman understands how to find those responsible for your truck accident injuries. He has the knowledge and experience to help you get the financial compensation you deserve.
Companies and individuals who work within the trucking industry are well-aware of the fact that they could potentially be held liable for significant losses after an accident. As a result, they are generally prepared to take steps to deny or minimize the amount they pay out on any claim where a defense to payment may be available. For this reason, it is critical for victims to take steps to protect their rights.
What is unusual about an 18- Wheeler accident is that often the trucking company will send an insurance representative to the scene of the accident. These agents are working hard to make sure it appears that the accident was not the fault of their driver. Some of these companies will even go so far as to attempt communication with the other parties.
It critically important to understand that you should never accept money or sign paperwork after your accident until after you have spoken to an attorney. Determining the value of a truck accident case is a complicated matter, and insurance companies (or at-fault parties themselves) often try and take advantage of people who do not have attorneys by offering them a settlement offer far below the actual value of their case. When you accept a settlement offer, you give up any right to bring a claim regarding the incident in the future, so accepting one without talking to a lawyer could result in your losing out on a significant amount of compensation.
If you are like most other people, you have not spent a lot of time thinking about the appropriate steps to take after involvement in an accident with a commercial truck. This is completely understandable, as no one plans to be in an accident and thinking about catastrophic events is not how most people like to spend their time.
It is important to keep in mind that the things that you do or say after an 18-wheeler accident can have a direct impact on your ability to recover compensation. Here are some of the steps that you should take to protect your legal rights after an accident with an 18-wheeler”
An 18-wheeler accident has so many moving-parts that it can be extremely difficult to ascertain exactly where the fault lies. There are so many considerations at play that many cases amount to a puzzle that must be carefully put together. If you’ve been injured in a semi accident, you know how high the stakes are and how devastating it can be. Such a claim is far too important to leave to chance or to tackle on your own. You should retain experienced legal counsel as soon as you can; then let your attorney carefully construct your case by finding and fitting together all the pieces that relate to your claim and to your rights. Your case matters.
18-wheeler accidents are complicated and nuanced, and they can be treacherous – trucking companies are in the business of staying on the road and not in the business of taking blame for accidents. If a negligent truck driver, trucking company, truck mechanic, or truck manufacturer (or a combination thereof) is at fault for your truck accident, an experienced Charleston, South Carolina legal firm with expertise in 18-wheeler accidents will endeavor to secure your rights. Call the Hartman Law Firm, L.L.C. today; we care about your 18-wheeler accident, and we can help.
If a you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck-related accident, call The Hartman Law Firm, LLC. Frank Hartman will fight to get you fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries.
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