Drunk driving is one major cause of truck accidents, with accidents involving drunk drivers on both the truck and passenger vehicle sides. However, passenger vehicle drivers are more likely to be fatally injured in an accident involving drunk driving than truck drivers. In 2019, more than 16,000 passenger vehicle drivers died in drunk driving truck accidents in the United States compared to 600 truck drivers, per the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
If you or a loved one in Aiken suffered a serious injury in a drunk driving accident involving a truck driver, you may qualify to file a claim or lawsuit against them or another liable party. At Hammack Law Firm, we will assign an Aiken truck drunk driving accidents victim lawyer to your case and help you prepare your argument for negotiation or trial.
Our Attorneys will Investigate how Drunk Driving Played a Role in Your Accident
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that lists drunk driving statistics across the nation, nearly 300 accidents led to a fatality in 2019 in South Carolina. When truck accidents involve drunk driving, several complex factors can dictate how we should go about your case, especially when a serious injury or fatality is involved.
When you agree to work with one of our attorneys, some primary facts we want to establish include:
- Who was under the influence at the time of the accident? Whether the truck driver or a third-party driver was drinking and driving makes a huge difference. By law, truck drivers have a lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) they must abide by compared to non-commercial drivers. Truck drivers cannot operate a vehicle with a BAC level of 0.04% or higher, whereas non-commercial drivers cannot drive with a BAC level of 0.08% or higher.
- Besides drunk driving, what other causal factors led to the accident? We want to establish a correlation between the at-fault driver’s intoxication and the specific driving behaviors that caused the accident, such as speeding, running a red light, weaving, or aggressive driving.
- Does the truck driver have a history of drinking and driving, and did their employer know? Our attorneys may request a background check on the truck driver to review their driving history. We may also investigate whether the trucking company that employs them continued to hire or employ them despite having this type of violation on their driving record. If so, the employer may be held liable for the truck driver’s actions.
- Is there evidence to support that the at-fault driver was under the influence? Our team will make efforts to retrieve evidence that supports your claim that the other driver was under the influence. Evidence may include details about the driver’s intoxication in the crash report as observed by the reporting officer, breathalyzer, or blood test results. There also may be photos or video footage that show the other driver had alcohol containers in their vehicle or showed signs of intoxication.
Our team at Hammack Law Firm advocates for truck accident victims in Aiken, especially if the defendants in their case showed signs of drunk driving. We want to help you seek compensation to recover your damages.
For a free legal consultation with a truck drunk driving victim accidents lawyer serving Aiken, call 864-326-3333
Truck Accident Victims Can Pursue Compensation for Their Injuries
Beyond establishing your case’s facts, an Aiken truck accident lawyer from our team will also help you calculate the value of your damages, which may include:
- Medical care costs, including costs for future medical treatments if necessary
- Pain and suffering, which includes emotional and physical forms of pain
- Income loss, which includes income you’ve lost and income you might expect to lose in the future
- Property damage costs or the cash value of your vehicle if it was totaled in the truck accident
- Permanent disabilities or disfigurement you suffered, including vision or hearing loss
- Reduced earning potential if your injuries affected your working abilities
- Reduced quality of life based on all your damages and any changes in your lifestyle and/or relationships
Our team strives to be as compassionate as possible when reviewing your damages. We understand that surviving a truck accident can leave you with trauma to process, especially if you’ve lost a loved one.
If you are grieving a loved one’s death, you may also qualify to pursue compensation through a wrongful death action. This type of case allows you or another qualifying family member to demand compensation for funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and other significant losses related to losing your loved one.
Our team will alert you when the statutory deadline is approaching
Per S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530, plaintiffs generally have three years from the date of their truck accidents to file personal injury lawsuits. The three-year window period also applies if a plaintiff wants to file a wrongful death action on behalf of their late loved one. The window period starts on the date of the decedent’s death.
When our team reviews your case, we will observe information that determines how long you have to file your case. For example, we will ask for the crash report or obtain this report for you to see when your truck accident occurred, as this will let us know your case’s general filing deadline. If other factors surrounding your case alters its deadline, we will also inform you about these changes.
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Call Hammack Law Firm to Review Your Truck Accident Case in Aiken
If your Aiken truck accident involved drunk driving and led to your injury, you as a victim may qualify to collect compensation in South Carolina. A lawyer from Hammack Law Firm will build your case argument and petition for your financial recovery. Previous clients we’ve worked with have raved about our attorneys on Google, with many clients touching on how we treat clients like they’re “part of our family.”
At our law firm, we care about your story because we understand you’re going through a stressful time in your life. Let us review your case for free by dialing (864) 326-3333. We want to help you fight for the compensation you need.