One person was killed and two were injured in a fiery accident that occurred just after 8 p.m. on Tuesday in Cherokee County. According to WYFF, a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer was heading north on I-85 when it crossed the median and T-boned another Freightliner in a southbound lane.
The collision sparked a fire that engulfed both vehicles. The driver of the northbound truck died at the scene. A witness pulled the driver and a passenger from the southbound truck.
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The southbound lanes were closed for 12 hours after the crash. The South Carolina Highway Patrol opened the left southbound lane at around 10 a.m., but the right lane remains closed as crews repair about 300 feet of damaged asphalt and 400 feet of damaged guardrail.
This collision is a tragic reminder that semi-truck accidents are likely to cause severe injuries or death. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 18-wheelers weigh up to 30 times more than passenger vehicles, so the force of impact can be catastrophic at high speeds. In 2015, at least 3,852 people died in large truck accidents.
If you were injured or lost a family member in a truck wreck, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Paul Hammack is an auto accident attorney in Greenville who will help you fight for the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience to represent you in court.
Who Can I Sue after an 18-Wheeler Accident?
The first step in the personal injury settlement process is to identify all defendants. Depending on the cause of the crash, you may have grounds for a claim against:
- The driver of the truck;
- The owner of the cab or the rig;
- The company that loaded the cargo;
- The manufacturer of the truck or its parts; or
- A mechanic.
What Damages Are Recoverable after a Truck Accident?
Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Past, current, and future healthcare expenses;
- Past, current, and future lost income;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Necessary home renovations to accommodate your injury;
- Vehicle modifications to accommodate your injury;
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Disfigurement; and
- Loss of enjoyment in life.
What Evidence Will My Injury Lawyer Use to Support My Claim?
The answer to this question depends on the specific facts of your case. Your attorney may use the following evidence to prove negligence, liability, and the value of your damages:
- Data from the truck’s black box;
- Receipts that show the trucker violated the Hours of Service Regulations;
- Photos of the accident scene;
- The police report;
- Timelines and illustrations;
- Witness testimonies;
- Testimonies from accident reconstruction experts;
- Testimonies from medical experts;
- Testimonies from financial experts;
- Medical bills and other documents associated with your medical treatment;
- Paystubs; and
- Your income tax returns.
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