If you were hurt when a cargo truck slammed into your vehicle in Charleston County, Hammack Law Firm is here to represent you and seek justice on your behalf. We will pursue compensation for our clients that covers their accident-related expenses and losses, including their intangible damages.
One of our Charleston cargo truck accident lawyers from Hammack Law Firm will meet with you to discuss your legal options and how we can help you for free today. We provide free consultations to all victims of commercial vehicle accidents in Charleston.
What Does Justice Look Like in a Charleston Cargo Truck Crash Claim?
The way we get justice for our clients in a truck accident case is by holding the liable parties responsible and recovering compensation. If a negligent trucker caused your crash and injuries, you should not have to pay the related bills or cover the financial losses. Those legally responsible for the accident should pay.
By looking at our recent settlements and awards, you can see that we fight for the monetary damages that are due to our clients based on their cases’ facts. We often settle these cases out of court but will not hesitate to sue and take a case to trial if needed.
Some of the commonly recovered damages we secure for our clients include:
- Medical care and related expenses
- Ongoing care and support or future medical needs
- Lost income and wages
- Diminished ability to work and earn if there are lasting injuries
- Property damages
- Other related costs and losses
- Pain and suffering
Wrongful Death Actions are Often Possible If a Truck Accident Victim Dies
If you lost a loved one in a cargo truck crash in Charleston County or another nearby area, we are very sorry. Our compassionate team will help, but we understand it can be difficult to discuss the details or relive the experience during a trial. We are here to handle the process for you, seeking compensation for your family that includes:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of income
- Loss of services
- Other costs and losses your family experienced
- Emotional damages endured by individual family members, such as loss of companionship and loss of parental guidance
For a free legal consultation with a cargo truck accidents lawyer serving Charleston, call 864-326-3333
Hammack Law Firm Treats Every Client Like a Member of the Family
The truck accident attorneys from Hammack Law Firm build a close, personal relationship with every client. We provide the necessary time and attention to their claim, ensuring every case gets the resources it needs to recover a fair settlement.
As a personal injury law firm, we want to:
- Hold negligent parties accountable for their carelessness
- Get justice for accident victims
- Recover financial compensation for every client we represent
- Help change public safety policy related to the insurance and trucking industries
- Make South Carolina a safer place for everyone
We take the steps needed to develop a strong case and prepare to present each case we handle at trial. Most cases settle long before a trial, but we ensure we can sue if necessary. The steps in this process include:
- Investigating the accident and gathering evidence
- Proving negligence
- Identifying the liable party or parties
- Valuing our client’s losses
- Filing the claim and demanding a just settlement
- Negotiating with the insurance company
- Forcing the insurer to offer a fair agreement or suing the liable parties
- Representing our client’s best interests throughout this process
The Hammack Law Firm team works based on contingency. We represent every client with no upfront costs, and we never bill for attorney’s fees unless we win their case. If we do not secure compensation for you, we will not ask you to pay us.
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How Does Liability Work in a Charleston Cargo Truck Accident Case?
As a part of developing your compensation claim, your attorney from our team will identify the liable party or parties and file an insurance claim based on their liability policy. Unlike other types of traffic accidents, this is not always the at-fault driver alone in truck crashes. Their employer is also likely legally responsible for what happened.
South Carolina applies the common law doctrine of respondeat superior to these cases. Despite many challenges, this doctrine remains in effect. The South Carolina Supreme Court affirmed it in Sams v. Arthur (1926) and has reaffirmed it in many cases since. Respondeat superior holds the driver’s employer vicariously liable when:
- The trucker worked for the company.
- They were driving the truck at the time of the crash.
- They caused the accident.
- They were within the course and scope of their job when the accident occurred.
At Hammack Law Firm, our attorneys know how to determine liability in cargo truck crashes and pursue damages for our clients. If we represent you, we will discuss your options for holding the driver’s employer accountable in your case.
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Is There a Deadline for Filing a Charleston Cargo Truck Accident Lawsuit?
If we need to sue the cargo truck driver or their employer in your case, we will need to meet the deadlines that apply in your case. Generally, we have three years to file the paperwork that begins a lawsuit under S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530. Missing this deadline could mean the court bars you from taking legal action in your case.
There are also other reasons why we need to ensure we go to work as soon as possible. The trucking company likely has much of the evidence in the case, which could easily get lost or end up destroyed if we do not ensure they preserve it. We also need time to build and file a claim and negotiate for an out-of-court settlement before suing.
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You can speak with a member of the Hammack Law Firm truck accident team for free today. We provide complimentary accident assessments, so you have an opportunity to get the answers you need and learn how we handle similar claims. You can also read what our clients say about working with us on Google Reviews. We treat all our clients like friends and family.
Call (864) 326-3333 to discuss your cargo truck accident with a team member serving Charleston today.