Greenville Truck Accident Lawyer
We have all been there … driving on I-85 to Atlanta or Charlotte with your family when suddenly a tractor-trailer merges into your lane and cuts you off. There is nowhere to go, so you slam on your brakes and barely avoid the collision. I’ll never forget how that happened to me while on our way to the airport. We were relieved to have avoided a family tragedy.
Others have not been so lucky, and their lives have been turned upside down in an instant. I have dedicated my entire career to studying the commercial trucking industry and litigating accident cases involving semi-trucks. If you have been injured or have suffered the loss of a loved one because of a truck driver, tractor-trailer, or commercial motor vehicle, we want to help you.
Why should you hire us? Simple. You need an experienced truck accident attorney.
Accidents involving tractor-trailers or commercial motor vehicles involve unique legal issues, so it is critical to retain legal counsel with experience in this specialized area. Driver fatigue, hours-of-service violations, and corporate greed can lead to a disregard for public safety and contribute to 18-wheeler accidents. Hammack Law Firm has more than 16 years’ experience handling truck accident claims. Paul Hammack defended large trucking companies for years, so he knows the industry and knows how to get the most out of every case.
The aftermath of a truck accident can be devastating on a family, and the injuries and losses are often enormous. By law, tractor-trailers and other commercial motor vehicles involved in interstate commerce must carry a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance coverage, and most carry limits of at least $1,000,000. There is a lot at stake, so you should not trust your case to an inexperienced lawyer who may not have the expertise to properly investigate the accident, the driver, and the trucking company.
At HLF, we take the time to dig deep into the facts and circumstances of the accident to determine the true cause. Was it caused by driver fatigue? Was the driver over-worked, or were they falsifying their hours-of-service logs? Does the company have satellite tracking for its trucks? Does the truck’s “black box” or Event Data Controller show that the truck was speeding or that it made an aggressive maneuver just prior to the collision? If the accident was a result of equipment failure, did the driver do a proper pre-trip inspection, and did the company safety director properly train and supervise its drivers and have a proper maintenance plan and drug testing program?
These are all questions that are vital to a successful claim or lawsuit. Asking the right questions—and having the experience to know how to get complete answers to these questions—can mean the difference between an average recovery and life-changing money. Don’t settle for anything less. Call or chat with HLF today. Better call Paul! 864-326-3333
Truck accident victims and their families may be entitled to recover damages for physical, emotional, or financial losses suffered in an accident. Injured victims may recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages or income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Family member loss of consortium
Commercial trucks are intimidating. They carry tremendous weight at incredible speeds, and the slightest miscalculation can cause astounding devastation.
In a single moment — a lane change, a careless turn, a too-late tap on the breaks — a commercial truck can claim multiple lives. Indeed, most of these accidents end with disastrous damages. Those who manage to survive almost always have long-term, devastating injuries.
If you have ever driven alongside one of these trucks, you already know how helpless you can feel in their presence. While any car cutting you off can be dangerous, the reality is that very large trucks pose an even greater concern. Professional drivers should be held to a higher standard.
Moreover, commercial trucks are vulnerable to specific kinds of accidents that don’t happen with other vehicles. We will look at some of those accidents in greater detail below. We’ll also examine the mistakes that most frequently lead to commercial truck accidents in South Carolina.
At the outset, though, we want victims to know that they have a number of important rights under state and federal law, including the right to financial compensation for their damages.
If you are an accident victim, you can recover for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical costs, rehabilitation services, lost income due to time away from work, and much more.
If you are a close family member of someone who tragically lost his or her life in a commercial truck accident in South Carolina or Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss of love and support.
As a matter of fact, Mr. Paul has spent decades fighting against trucking companies for his clients’ rights. As a Greenville commercial truck wreck attorney, Paul represents only those injured or killed due to the negligence of trucking companies and drivers, and he’s ready to put his trucking industry experience to work for you.
Common Truck Accidents in South Carolina
There are many different kinds of trucking accidents. Among the most common in South Carolina are:
- Jackknife accidents — Tractor-trailers are made up of two parts: the tractor and the trailer. When things go wrong, the trailer can turn in toward the tractor, forming a 90-degree angle and causing the trucker to lose control.
- Rollovers — Just like an SUV or any other vehicle with a high center of gravity, commercial trucks can lose control and turn over on their side, crushing anything in their paths.
- “No-Zone” Collisions — Commercial trucks have numerous blind spots (more than the average vehicle). If they fail to check carefully, they might hit another car when making turns or changing lanes.
- Overrides / Underrides — These happen when a truck inadvertently drives onto the roof or hood of a much smaller car (or, in the case of an underride, when a small car accidentally drives beneath the bed of the truck).
- Unsafe Freight — When trucks carry the wrong kind of cargo or too much weight, they might break down or lose control while traveling at high speeds. They might also spill their contents onto the roadway, endangering drivers.
These are in addition to the many other “routine” types of accidents — head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, side-impact collisions, etc. — all of which happen with large trucks as well. A Greenville truck accident lawyer at Hammack Law Firm can help you with these or any other accident types.
Why Do Commercial Trucking Accidents Happen?
Most of the commercial truck accidents in South Carolina are entirely preventable. They happen because truck drivers make careless errors or, just as often, because their employers push them to engage in dangerous behaviors.
Common causes of commercial trucking accidents in South Carolina include:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving or driver fatigue
- Navigating unfamiliar roads
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (even including legitimate prescription or over-the-counter medications!)
- Unsafe vehicles or improper maintenance
A Greenville Truck Accident Lawyer with an Insurance Insider’s Perspective
Attorney Paul Hammack knows how insurance companies approach commercial trucking operations and accident litigation. After all, he worked on their side for many years. Today, he uses his talents to only represent injured plaintiffs, always taking aggressive action to beat the insurance company at its own game. Tucking company lawyers are intimidating. Paul has experience actually trying cases, so he is not intimidated and knows how to fight back.
He knows what it takes to get you the money you deserve.
Worried about hiring us or how you’ll pay? Don’t be. We are proud of our Client Bill of Rights, which offers a 30-day unconditional satisfaction guarantee, with no costs and no fees.
To get started, please contact us online or simply dial 864-326-3333 and schedule a free consultation with a Greenville truck accident lawyer today.
Let’s go get your money.