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Commercial truck drivers must follow all traffic laws, safety regulations, and other rules that apply to their industry. When they fail to do so, and a crash occurs, the driver and their employer can be legally responsible for the harm victims suffer.

If you were hurt in a crash, a Mount Pleasant commercial truck accident lawyer from Hammack Law Firm will assess your case and determine whether filing an insurance claim or lawsuit is the best path forward. We will develop a case to hold the at-fault parties accountable and seek compensation for your losses. Our team is always standing by to offer free consultations.

Recovering Compensation for a Mount Pleasant Commercial Vehicle Crash

We seek to hold the negligent driver and their employer liable for a commercial vehicle accident by filing an insurance claim or suing them in Charleston County court. The goal is to win compensation for our client to cover the physical, emotional, and financial harm they incurred.

However, before our attorneys take action, we value each client’s recoverable damages so we know what a fair payout will look like. Recoverable damages often include:

  • Current costs, including medical bills and car repair expenses
  • Future costs, including ongoing treatment and care for their injuries
  • Financial losses, such as lost income and diminished earning capacity in the future
  • Non-economic damages, including pain and suffering and other intangible losses

Our lawyers know how to look for and identify recoverable damages. We have experience with cases similar to yours and understand the wide range of ways it can affect your life. Using this knowledge, we will work to identify and document as many recoverable damages as possible.

Wrongful Death Damages in Charleston County

Unfortunately, when large commercial vehicles are involved, the injuries suffered in traffic accidents are often severe. Some people do not survive. If this happened to an immediate family member, our team is here to help with your wrongful death claim. Doing so allows you to hold those responsible legally accountable for your financial losses, expenses, and intangible damages.

Our attorneys represent families in these cases, seeking justice for the deceased and compensation for their loved ones. You can learn more about some previous case outcomes in our recent results.

Hammack Law Firm Takes a Stance Against Negligent Trucking Companies

At Hammack Law Firm, our team believes in working hard to make South Carolina a safer place, especially on the roads. For this reason, we represent truck accident victims and pursue compensation in every case we handle. Doing so allows us to hold careless truckers and their employers accountable for the harm they caused.

Moreover, our team ensures each client gets the warm, compassionate support and representation they need and deserve. We provide a small firm feel while maintaining a big firm experience. For each client, we offer:

  • Time
  • Attention
  • Resources
  • Knowledge
  • Experience

This shows in the reviews and testimonials our clients leave us, like this one:

“Definitely one of the best accident attorneys around! Would recommend to anyone facing injuries from the result of an accident. Previous insurance company litigation makes Mr. Hammack a very well-informed litigator when going against the insurance companies trying to minimize their loss. Be sure to contact Paul before contacting the insurance company, as they only care about their interests, not the injured. Please note my 5-star recommendation. Thanks for reading.” — Maio Russell

Services Our Truck Accident Team Provides

As soon as our team receives a contract from a client, we go to work. We:

  • Investigate what happened
  • Call in experts as needed
  • Collect evidence of negligence and liability
  • Review the insurance policies in place
  • Document damages and value the case
  • Demand an appropriate payout from the insurer
  • Negotiate a settlement, if possible
  • Prepare the agreement
  • Receive the check and forward the client their settlement money

If we do not settle, we will sue the liable parties for fair compensation.

Commercial Truck Accident Causes and Liability

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 11 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States in 2019 involved a large commercial vehicle. In the majority of those accidents, those in the smaller passenger care were more likely to suffer severe or fatal injuries.

Our team represents these victims and their surviving family members in Mount Pleasant, elsewhere in Charleston County, and throughout the Low Country. We develop cases, file claims, and fight for the justice victims deserve based on the driver’s carelessness.

Truck Drivers are Often not the Only Liable Parties in These Cases

We usually pursue a case against the driver and their employer, thanks to a legal doctrine confirmed by the South Carolina Supreme Court as early as 1926: respondeat superior. In Sams v. Arthur, the Court affirmed that employers can be held vicariously liable when their workers cause an accident while performing their duties.

In some cases, trucking companies might be directly liable for a crash. This may be true when an employer:

  • Negligently hired or retained a driver with a poor record
  • Urged the driver to violate hours of service laws or other safety regulations
  • Failed to provide proper maintenance or repairs to their fleet

At Hammack Law Firm, our truck crash attorneys take steps to determine what happened and who is liable in each case we handle. This allows us to hold them accountable and seek justice and compensation for our clients.

Most cases settle out of court. However, we sometimes have to sue the trucking company and present the case at trial. If this occurs in your case, we have only three years to take the first steps under S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530. Due to the number of tasks required before we get ready to sue, we need to get started right away.

Speak with a Team Member About Your Mount Pleasant Crash for Free

Hammack Law Firm offers free consultations and case evaluations for those injured in crashes caused by careless truck drivers. We are here for you and will work to ensure you understand your legal options. Call (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 now to get started.

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