A Mount Pleasant delivery van accident lawyer from Hammack Law Firm represents victims of crashes, seeking justice in their cases. If you were hurt because of a careless delivery driver in Charleston County, we will assess your case and explain your options for compensation today for free.
Delivery vans are more prevalent today than in previous years in Mount Pleasant and across the Low Country. This means they contribute to more accidents and cause innocent victims to suffer physical, emotional, and financial harm. We are here to help you recover.
Compensation Is Available for Your Accident-Related Expenses and Losses
If you were hurt in a crash with a delivery van or other type of large commercial vehicle, you likely have a variety of bills, expenses, and losses. We see this with many of our clients—they need to focus on their rehabilitation and physical recovery, but the financial pressure is great.
We are here to help. Our attorneys prepare and file insurance claims and civil suits on behalf of victims, seeking compensation for damages they suffered, such as:
- Medical bills and any treatment-related expenses
- Future care costs for injuries
- Lost income and diminished earning ability for long-term injuries
- Vehicle repair or replacement if totaled
- Miscellaneous costs
- Pain and suffering damages
A Delivery Van Accident Could Support a Wrongful Death Claim
Under S.C. Ann. § 15-51-10, we pursue damages for those who lost a loved one in a delivery van accident in Charleston County. By filing a wrongful death action for them, we will seek justice and compensation for their loved ones, which can cover:
- Financial losses, such as loss of services and lost income
- Intangible losses, such as loss of companionship, support, and parental guidance
For a free legal consultation with a delivery van accidents lawyer serving Mount Pleasant, call 864-326-3333
Hammack Law Firm Represents Delivery Van Collision Victims in Mount Pleasant
Hammack Law Firm gives every client the small firm feel they want with the big firm experience needed to develop a strong case and hold the liable parties accountable. Our team is warm, supportive, compassionate, and helpful. We treat every client like a family member or friend.
Each claim gets the time and resources required to gather the necessary support and seek compensation. Our team knows what it takes to get results. We pursue justice for accident victims and are never afraid to take a case to trial.
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Liability in a Low Country Delivery Van Crash
According to Car and Driver, delivery van sales were up significantly in 2019. Amazon alone had more than 30,000 delivery vehicles in use, and the increase in online ordering during 2020 likely increased demand.
In addition to Amazon, many other couriers and companies have opted to use vans for deliveries. This includes everyone from the United States Postal Service to local restaurants. These most common delivery vans in use, according to Car and Driver:
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- Fiat Chrysler Ram ProMaster
- Ford Transit
Delivery Companies May Be Liable for Their Employees’ Actions
Many delivery companies set tight schedules for deliveries and expect their drivers to ensure they happen. Reports of nightmare scenarios and no time for even a bathroom break proliferate online regarding working conditions at these companies. As such, our team may build a case against the driver whose negligence caused the crash as well as their employer.
This is possible under common and case law, including Sams v. Arthur (1926) in South Carolina. In this case, the state’s highest court affirmed that the doctrine of respondeat superior applies in commercial vehicle accident cases.
Under some circumstances, we could also have a negligence case against the company. This occurs when:
- There is a history of poor driving and other bad behavior with the driver.
- They encouraged the driver to engage in risky behavior.
- The company failed to maintain or repair the delivery van as required.
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How Our Firm Handles Delivery Van Accident Cases
When one of our attorneys takes on a delivery van crash claim in Mount Pleasant, they will immediately investigate what happened and who is responsible. This process includes:
- Obtaining the police report
- Preserving and analyzing the evidence held by the driver’s employer
- Interviewing witnesses
- Working with accident reconstruction experts
- Seeking video or photos of the crash
- Getting a survey of the scene
- Looking at physical evidence
- Requesting the relevant medical records
- Calling in other experts as needed
- Documenting damages
The critical steps in the claims process include:
- Proving negligence
- Identifying the liable party or parties
- Reviewing the insurance policies available
- Valuing the client’s damages
- Demanding a just settlement from the insurer
- Negotiating for an appropriate payout
- Preparing the agreement and getting the check
Our team handles each of these steps for the client. They do not need to worry about any of it. Instead, they can focus on healing and rehabilitating while we take care of their financial compensation and legal case.
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Some Delivery Van Collision Cases Require Us to Sue the Liable Parties
While our team usually settles commercial vehicle accident cases without going to trial, we sometimes need to sue the responsible parties in a Charleston County civil court. This forces the insurance company to realize we are serious about our demand for fair compensation.
Under S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530, we will usually have up to three years to sue in South Carolina. However, we need to accomplish many tasks before we reach this point. We encourage potential clients to contact us as soon as their injuries allow so our team has plenty of time to build the best possible case.
Get a Free Case Consultation with Our Team Today
You can speak with us about your Mount Pleasant crash and injuries today for free. We provide these consultations so you will better understand your case and how our attorneys will help. Call 864-326-3333 to get started.