If you were hurt in a crash caused by a delivery van driver, our team will explain your legal options for holding them accountable. In addition, we will answer your questions and handle your claim if we believe you can recover compensation based on your Florence County accident.
A Hammack Law Firm Florence delivery van accident lawyer knows how to identify the liable parties and build a case against them, seeking justice for clients. We get started with a complimentary consultation for every potential client.
Recovering Compensation From the Liable Parties in Delivery Van Accidents
In general, the best way we have to hold careless delivery van drivers accountable is by recovering just compensation for our clients. We determine how much our client lost and the expenses they incurred because of the accident and demand a just payout. We can secure compensation in one of two ways:
- Negotiate an insurance settlement with the liable parties’ insurers
- Sue and take the case to trial, where the judge or jury will award money damages
These actions allow us to recover costs and losses that include:
- Medical treatment and related costs
- Future medical needs for accident injuries
- Lost income because of missed time at work
- Diminished earning capacity
- Car repairs or replacement
- Additional related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible damages
Wrongful Death Damages in a Delivery Van Crash
Our lawyers will handle a wrongful death claim if your family member passed away following a delivery van accident in Florence. We follow the process outlined in S.C. Ann. § 15-51-10, which allows the decedent’s personal representative to build a wrongful death case on behalf of the surviving family members.
Those who qualify to recover compensation in these claims typically include the spouse, children, and/or parents. The recoverable damages include:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Other expenses
- Lost income
- Other financial losses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of support
- Other intangible losses suffered by surviving family members
For a free legal consultation with a delivery van accidents lawyer serving Florence, call 864-740-8653
How Our Accident Lawyers Help Victims in Florence County
We offer compassionate, warm, and empathetic support to our clients. We treat each of them as a family member, giving them one-on-one attention and a lot of time. In our client reviews, you can see that our previous customers appreciate our small firm feel paired with big firm experience, resources and results.
Our mission is to build personal relationships with every client and make South Carolina a safer place for everyone. To this end, we act to:
- Hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions
- Seek compensation for our clients hurt in commercial vehicle accident cases
We work based on contingency. This means:
- We offer complimentary consultations
- We do not charge upfront fees
- We get paid from the compensation we recover for our clients
- If we do not secure a payout, we do not get attorney’s fees
We want justice for injured victims of accidents with delivery vans. Most cases settle during negotiations, but we prepare every case for trial. We are not afraid to sue if we need to force more from the insurance companies and get a fair agreement for our client.
Hammack Law Firm is an ardent proponent of changing trucking industry safety policies and taking other steps to reduce the number of commercial vehicle crashes each year. We fight for safety measures and take a stance against trucking companies, delivery companies, and their insurers.
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Negligence and Liability in Delivery Van Accident Claims
Delivery vans are in almost every neighborhood in Florence County every day. Between FedEx, Amazon, and other companies that use them, they are now commonplace. According to a PYMNTS report, Amazon’s fleet reached 30,000 vans nationwide by December 2019.
Unfortunately, with the increase in delivery vans on the road, these commercial vans are also in more collisions. Larger than most passenger cars, they can cause extensive damage and life-altering personal injuries.
Some common causes of delivery van accidents include:
- Delivery truck driver error
- Rushing to meet deadlines
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Inadequate driver training or experience
To hold a delivery van driver accountable for injuries in a crash, we need to prove they acted negligently. This requires us to collect evidence to prove:
- The driver had a duty to act in a certain way to prevent a crash and keep everyone safe.
- They failed to uphold that duty.
- This caused the accident.
- Our client suffered financial and physical harm.
Proving the van driver caused the crash allows us to hold both the driver and their employer liable in most cases. This is possible under South Carolina Supreme Court case law, including Sams v. Arthur (1926). The legal doctrine of respondeat superior makes the driver’s employer vicariously liable for the driver’s negligence when they were working at the time of the crash.
There are exceptions, but we usually build a claim against the company in these cases. We file our claim based on their corporate liability policy and seek compensation for our client based on it. If we cannot settle, we will need to sue in a Florence County civil court. This is usually necessary if:
- The insurer will not agree to a fair payout
- There are additional questions of fact in the case
- The deadline is near
We usually have three years from the date of the crash to sue the company under S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530. However, exceptions exist that can alter this timeline, giving you more or less time. Our delivery van accident attorneys will explain the likely deadlines in your case during your free consultation with our team.
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Our legal team from Hammack Law Firm provides free consultations to victims of delivery van crashes in Florence. We will explain your options for seeking compensation and holding the negligent parties accountable. Call (864) 326-3333 to learn more and get started today.