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A Charleston delivery van accident lawyer from Hammack Law Firm will help you seek justice and recover compensation if a commercial driver caused your crash and injuries. Victims are eligible to recover money damages for their medical bills, property damages, and other losses.

We represent clients in Charleston County and throughout the Low Country. Our team provides complimentary case assessments where we explain the victim’s rights and how we will handle their insurance claim or lawsuit.

What does an Insurance Claim Pay for After a Delivery Van Accident in Charleston?

The most common way we secure compensation for the harm a client suffered because of a delivery truck accident is through an insurance claim and settlement. We develop and file this claim for our clients, demanding compensation based on the value of their damages.

This often includes:

  • Economic damages: Medical care costs, future care needs, lost wages, and property damages
  • Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, other intangible losses

Our team knows how to identify your financial, physical, and emotional harm, document it, and value it. This includes your future and intangible damages, as well. We understand the importance of maximizing your payout while holding the liable parties accountable.

We Help Surviving Family Members Seek Wrongful Death Damages

Unfortunately, delivery van accidents sometimes lead to fatalities. In most cases, it is an occupant of the passenger vehicle who passes away. We help the families of these victims hold the responsible parties legally accountable via insurance claims or lawsuits.

Our Delivery Van Accident Attorneys Focus on Each Client’s Experience

We provide warm, supportive, and effective representation to every client. We offer a small firm feel but have the experience and resources of a large firm. As a result, our clients leave glowing reviews and customer testimonials, and we are proud they feel like family.

We represent victims based on contingency fees meaning we do not charge any upfront fees, such as a retainer or hourly fees for our work. This allows anyone to afford our legal services. We get our attorneys’ fees only from the compensation we recover for you. We will not bill you for payment if we do not win a settlement or court award in your case.

We dedicate a lot of time and attention to each client’s accident case, managing steps include:

  • Investigate the crash
  • Gather evidence to identify the liable parties
  • Value the accident case
  • Seek financial compensation based on the client’s damages
  • Hold the negligent parties accountable through a claim or lawsuit
  • Sue, if necessary to get justice for our client

More and more companies are using delivery vans in Charleston. From shipping carriers, online retailers, Amazon, and other companies, there are more commercial delivery vans on the roads today than ever before. But, unfortunately, many rush around to make deadlines, leaving safety and traffic laws as an afterthought.

Our team takes a stance for delivery van accident victims. We are proponents of changing industry policies and fighting for stricter safety measures.

Common Causes of Delivery Van Accidents

When a commercial driver causes an accident, the cause generally leads back to one of a few reasons. Our delivery van accident attorneys know what these are and how to identify what happened. The common causes include:

  • Drowsy driving and/or violating hours of service rules
  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Violating a traffic law, such as running a traffic light
  • Poor training or lack of experience

We investigate the crash, calling in experts if necessary to prove what happened and who is responsible. We have a network of experts we work with that include:

  • Accident reconstruction teams
  • Survey teams
  • Medical experts
  • Long-term care experts
  • Trucking industry experts
  • Economists

Hammack Law Firm lawyers also know how to identify the liable parties and hold them accountable. This is more complex than many people realize in a commercial vehicle accident case. For example, imagine this scenario:

According to a News2 report, a delivery truck hit a cyclist on the Northbridge at Cosgrove Avenue in North Charleston in April 2021. The bicyclist later passed away from their injuries. If this commercial driver caused the accident, both the driver and their employer would likely be liable.

This is because of a legal doctrine, respondeat superior. This doctrine makes the driver’s employer vicariously liable in most of these cases. The South Carolina Supreme Court affirmed this in Sams v. Arthur (1926), and numerous other cases also reaffirm this doctrine.

South Carolina Law Limits Your Time to File a Lawsuit against the At-Fault Party

Our lawyers are generally able to negotiate a settlement. This is the most common outcome that recovers compensation for our clients. However, sometimes we need to take additional action to force more from the insurance company. For example, if they do not agree to a fair offer, we may need to sue the liable parties.

The deadline for suing in most traffic accident cases in South Carolina is three years from the crash date under S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530. Some accidents have circumstances that extend or shorten this timeline. We will assess your case and determine how quickly we need to act during your initial consultation.

However, there are many reasons why acting soon is essential. The driver’s employer likely has much of the key evidence we need to protect, which requires quick action. For many of our clients, the sooner we get started, the sooner we can recover their compensation, as well.

Speak with a Delivery Van Accident Attorney in Charleston for Free Today

At Hammack Law Firm, we provide complimentary case reviews for delivery truck accident victims. We know how to hold truck drivers and their employers accountable and recover compensation for our clients. We will answer your questions and explain how we will navigate your claim.

Call (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 for your free consultation today.

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