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If you were injured in a delivery van accident in Columbia, South Carolina, you could qualify for monetary damages. You may also be able to collect damages if you lost a loved one in such an accident. Either way, a lawyer from our firm would like to help you seek fair compensation. You can use this compensation to pay bills, get the medical care you need, and provide for your family’s basic needs while you are unable to work.

Filing a claim or lawsuit will also help hold the liable party responsible for their negligence. At Hammack Law Firm, our Columbia delivery van accident lawyers advocate for road safety, as well as financial recovery for our clients. A free consultation with our team is available now and can help you begin your compensation case.

Our Firm Will Help You File a Delivery Van Accident Claim or Lawsuit

Pursuing compensation after a delivery van accident may be less stressful with a lawyer from Hammack Law Firm on your side. We know how the law works in Columbia, South Carolina – and how to make the law work for you. Moreover, our founding attorney, Paul Hammack, uses his past experience working with insurance companies We want to make the legal process easier to navigate by:

  • Evaluating your case for free: All you have to do is call in, and a member of our team will quickly tell you if and how our firm can help you pursue compensation.
  • Spending time with you: We can listen to your story, explain all of your rights and legal options, and answer whatever questions you have.
  • Keeping in touch throughout your case: You can depend on us to inform you of significant developments and explain what they mean for the future of your case.
  • Helping you make decisions: Making legal decisions alone can be stressful if you are not familiar with the law. We are here if you ever need advice or just a sounding board to work things out.

Our Attorneys Take Care of Every Step in the Claims Process

Filing a lawsuit may involve the following steps. Our team can manage all of these steps – and any others that prove necessary – so you can focus on recovering.

  • Investigate the accident: We can look for documentary evidence (e.g., police reports) and speak to witnesses to gain a more complete picture of how the liable party caused the accident.
  • Manage paperwork: This includes notifying the liable party about your lawsuit. Later, we can draw up the settlement agreement and (if necessary) schedule trial dates.
  • Talk with the other side: If you speak with the insurance company alone, they may find a way to use your own words to deny you a settlement. We can speak and meet with them on your behalf.
  • Fight for a settlement: We can meet with the liable party’s insurance company and push them to offer you what you deserve instead of what they feel like paying.
  • Prepare for trial: Unfortunately, negotiating is not always enough to get a fair payout. If necessary, we can get your case ready for trial by finding witnesses, submitting trial exhibits, and more.
  • Represent you at trial: We can be your advocate in the courtroom, questioning witnesses and delivering opening and closing remarks in front of a jury.

You have three years to file a lawsuit, according to S.C. Ann § 15-3-530. The countdown begins from the date of the accident or your loved one’s death, depending on what type of lawsuit you are filing. Therefore, it is beneficial to start your case as soon as you can.

Our Clients Trust Us to Fight for Them

After handling their accident claims and lawsuits, some of our clients left the following Google reviews, which can provide additional insight into our services:

  • “Lynn, Paul and the Hammack Law Firm team did an amazing job taking care of my auto accident claim!! Lynn, kept in close contact with me as she worked through the details of the case, kept me updated on each evolving part.” – Haley L.
  • “There are not enough words to describe the great experience that I have had dealing with all of the kind people at Hammack Law. Whenever I called or texted, you would think I was their only client.” – Jean S.

You can explore our other reviews and client testimonials if you want more details about our empathetic, client-centric approach. Our team is standing by to begin your free case assessment whenever you are ready.

Contributing Factors and Liability in Columbia Delivery Van Collisions

As the state capital, Columbia, SC, is a bustling city filled with residents and businesses that regularly rely on delivery vans to transport their goods. Unfortunately, delivery drivers who are in a hurry to meet deadlines often do not make the best decisions behind the wheel. In addition, Live 5 News reported on a 2019 study that named South Carolina roads as the worst in the United States, citing a desperate need for repairs.

This combination, coupled with other factors like road congestion, puts local drivers at risk every day. While our firm supports local leaders’ efforts to repair these roads, we also aim to hold negligent drivers and delivery companies accountable for their roles when collisions occur.

Multiple Parties May be Liable for Your Accident Damages

According to data collected by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), some of the most common scenarios that lead to truck accidents include:

  • Speeding, likely to make deliveries on time
  • Distraction, which can involve eating, drinking, cell phone use, or even navigation to the next drop-off location
  • Following other vehicles too closely and not providing additional room to stop, given the added weight of the vehicle and its cargo

While we could attribute all of these causes to driver error, delivery van drivers may not be the only liable parties. The companies that employ them may also have vicarious liability, making them responsible for their employees’ actions while on the job. Further, they may be liable for poor hiring practices if they did not properly vet and train their employees.

We are not afraid to build claims or lawsuits against drivers, delivery companies, or local government entities responsible for others’ safety on South Carolina roads. Our team at Hammack Law Firm will take the time to thoroughly review your case and identify all of the parties responsible for your damages.

Qualifying for Damages after a Van Accident in Columbia

According to Page 5 of a report compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 950,000 “light-truck” occupants were injured in 2019, compared with 1,498,000 passenger car occupants. Such injuries can cause:

  • Physical pain and inconvenience
  • Emotional distress
  • Financial hardship

You can seek compensation for all of these injuries and more. For example, you could recover economic damages if you lost money due to:

  • Repair costs: You had to get your car fixed and, in the interim, pay for other means of transportation.
  • Medical bills: You sought assistance from a doctor, a surgeon, a dentist, a pharmacist, a psychiatrist, or another medical professional.
  • Loss of wages: The injury was severe enough that you had to miss work or cut back on your working hours while you recuperated.
  • Loss of earning capacity: Your ability to earn a living is permanently diminished. This could mean you have to work fewer hours or accept a lower-paying position.

In addition, you could recover non-economic damages if you experienced physical or emotional losses due to:

  • Disfigurement: Your appearance or physical range of motion have been affected by permanent scar tissue.
  • Disability: You lost the use of any part of your body, either temporarily or permanently. Alternately, you suffered a brain injury that resulted in an intellectual disability.
  • Reduced quality of life: Your injuries prevent you from performing fun or necessary activities that you once had no problem with.
  • Loss of consortium: The accident and injuries have had negative consequences for your relationship with your spouse.

Seeking Wrongful Death Damages for the Loss of a Loved one

Finally, if your loved one passed away from their van accident injuries, you could qualify for the above damages, as well as:

  • End-of-life expenses: You were financially responsible for burying your loved one, arranging the funeral, and so on.
  • Loss of financial support: Without your loved one’s income, you and their other dependents must find other ways to stay afloat.
  • Loss of society or companionship: You will never be able to replace your lost loved one or the positive influence they had on your life.

Whether you are filing a personal injury lawsuit on your own behalf or a wrongful death lawsuit after the preventable death of a loved one, Hammack Law Firm would like to help. We know how hard it can be to recover from a delivery van accident, and we want to make the legal process more accessible to people like you.

Get a Free Consultation Regarding Your Delivery Van Accident Case

After a delivery van accident, get medical help right away, and then call Hammack Law Firm. We want to provide you with a compassionate lawyer who can fight for your rights, pursue fair compensation, and make Columbia, South Carolina, a safer place for all drivers. Our services are available on a no-win, no-fee basis.

When you are ready to begin, you can reach us at any time, day or night, at (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 and get a free case review.

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