A Charleston commercial truck accident lawyer from Hammack Law Firm is here to help you understand your legal case and the steps to take if you suffered injuries in a crash. We represent victims of Charleston County tractor-trailer collisions, helping them hold the negligent parties responsible for their accident and get justice.
We will review your case for free and explain how we will pursue compensation for you for the harm you suffered. We often recover financial damages for our client’s physical, emotional, and financial harm.
Getting Compensation for Your Charleston Accident Injuries and Losses
Our truck accident team builds claims and seeks fair and just compensation for every client. Our results show our dedication to getting an appropriate settlement or taking the case to trial. We recently negotiated a $1,600,000 settlement for clients who suffered lasting injuries following a head-on collision that a careless truck driver caused.
Like this case, most do settle. However, we prepare each case as if it will go to trial. This has approach has two advantages:
- We uncover more evidence and develop a stronger claim for just compensation.
- We can quickly move forward with suing the liable parties if it becomes necessary.
We believe no accident victim should have to pay for accident-related expenses or cover their losses out of their own savings or other accounts. Those who caused the crash should be legally accountable.
Recoverable Damages in a Commercial Truck Accident
The types of losses and expenses a Charleston commercial vehicle accident victim will recover depend on the specific details of their accident and their documented damages. Each case will differ somewhat because no two accidents are the same.
Some of the damages often recoverable in these claims include:
- Medical bills, current and future
- Care costs and support
- Lost wages
- Diminished working ability
- Property damages, such as vehicle repairs
- Miscellaneous related expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
We also handle wrongful death cases when the victim dies from their injuries.
For a free legal consultation with a commercial truck accidents lawyer serving Charleston, call 864-740-8653
Our Attorneys Fight for Justice for Truck Accident Victims
At Hammack Law Firm, we encourage you to look at our Google Reviews and the testimonials on our website. Our compassionate and attentive team members build a relationship with each client, treating them like family and truly caring about the outcome of their case.
Each claim gets a lot of time, attention, and resources, working to build a strong argument no matter the potential size of the settlement. Our goal is to hold negligent parties accountable for their behavior and get justice for our clients. We hope that this, and backing improvements in trucking industry safety policies, will make South Carolina a safer place for everyone.
Hammack Law Firm seeks financial compensation for every client. We will take the necessary steps and settle the case, but sometimes we need to sue to force more from the insurance company. If we represent you, we will:
- Investigate your collision
- Identify the liable parties
- Gather evidence to support your claim
- Value the case
- Demand a fair settlement agreement
- Negotiate with the insurance carrier
- Sue if they will not agree to a just payout
We handle all cases based on contingency. We do not charge upfront fees and only get paid if we recover compensation for our clients. They never pay for their initial consultation or need to come up with a retainer before our lawyers go to work on their claim.
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Who Is Liable for a Charleston County Truck Accident?
Liability in a Charleston commercial truck collision is not as simple as in many other traffic accident cases. South Carolina recognizes the legal doctrine of respondeat superior. Under this doctrine, the driver’s employer is also vicariously liable for their negligence.
The opinion of the South Carolina Supreme Court in Sams v. Arthur (1926) states:
“A corporation can act only through agents, and where an act is done by one of them, specially directed thereunto by the corporation, it is the act of the corporation.”
As long as the truck driver is on the clock and acting within the course and scope of their job description, our attorneys from Hammack Law Firm will pursue a case against them based on vicarious liability for the driver’s negligence.
This allows us to file an insurance claim based on the trucking company’s corporate liability policy, which likely has much higher limits than an individual driver’s policy. Building a case and going toe-to-toe with a large corporation is not always easy, but the outcome of these cases often includes a negotiated settlement for fair compensation.
We will also sue the trucking company if needed to recover the monetary damages we believe our client is due. Our lawyers will not back down from a lawsuit, no matter the company’s size or clout.
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Timeline for Suing the Liable Parties in Your Truck Crash
We often convince the insurer to provide a just settlement agreement without suing the driver and trucking company. However, a lawsuit sometimes forces the insurance company to reconsider their offer, or else we will present the evidence and let a judge and jury decide.
When this happens, we usually have up to three years to begin the process per S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530. However, we need to go to work on the claim much sooner. The trucking company holds a lot of crucial evidence in these cases, and we must take action to preserve it before it gets lost.
We also have many other steps to manage before deciding if we need to sue in your case. We will often negotiate a fair settlement before this deadline arrives.
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Our Lawyers Provide Free Consultations for Charleston Crash Victims
The truck accident team from Hammack Law Firm helps crash victims build claims and demand a fair payout from the insurer and trucking company. We will help you understand your options based on your Charleston County accident case details during a free case evaluation today.
Call (864) 326-3333 to speak with our team for free right away.