Our Rock Hill truck accident lawyers advocate on behalf of our clients, as well as our communities. Truck accidents create severe injuries and more significant damages than other types of collisions, making it especially crucial to prevent them when possible. Hammack Law Firm supports local leaders taking steps to minimize these incidents, while holding negligent truckers and other liable parties responsible when they do occur.
If you hire us, our team will take care of the many challenges you may face in a truck accident case while you focus on feeling better. We fight for our clients to recover compensation and justice from all liable parties so they can handle their medical bills and make up for lost income. Our legal team has recovered millions of dollars in damages from settlements and judgments, and we are ready to help you next.
Our Firm Makes Pursuing Compensation Easy on You, Tough on Them
You might think that getting money for your medical bills and other accident expenses is as easy as filing an insurance claim. As someone who worked in the insurance industry, our firm’s founder, Attorney Paul Hammack, knows that getting monetary damages for your injuries is not simple.
That is why many people trust Hammack and the rest of our team to help them when they suffered injuries because of a truck driver’s negligence. Here are a few comments from our past clients’ Google reviews:
- “Excellent legal service. Got me a very fair settlement from a vehicle accident, kept me fully informed during the process.” John Davis, 5 Stars
- “Definitely one of the best accident attorneys around…previous insurance company litigation makes Mr. Hammack a very well-informed litigator when going against the insurance companies trying to minimize their loss.” Maio Russell, 5 Stars
We are not afraid to take on the insurance company to get you compensation for a truck accident that was not your fault. Our team takes the time to prepare each client’s case thoroughly, knowing that it might be necessary to take it to trial.
What Our Lawyers Can Do for You After Your Rock Hill Truck Accident
When you have an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer truck collide with a 4,000-pound passenger car, there will most likely be injuries and even fatalities. Someone needs to pay for the medical care, lost pay, and other expenses from a truck accident – and it should not be you, as the victim or surviving family member.
Hammack Law Firm has the resources to investigate the cause of the accident and prove your right to financial recovery. First, we gather evidence of liability or wrongdoing. Then, our team can:
- Identify all liable parties
- Determine a value for your losses
- File a detailed claim
- Negotiate for maximum compensation
- Take your case to trial if negotiations fail
Trucking companies and their insurers will also send investigators to the accident scene. They know those kinds of accidents usually mean significant injuries and large medical bills. Therefore, it is their goal to build your case strong enough to go to trial. When we take your case, we fight to protect your rights, make sure you understand your options, and stand with you every step of the way.
If We Cannot Reach an Acceptable Settlement, We Go to Court
Defendants in a truck accident usually like to settle their case privately. They know that a public trial means attention to their business practices or previous crashes. Our team will use this to your advantage and negotiate aggressively on your behalf.
Still, if the other party does not negotiate in good faith, we will take your case to court. Under S.C. Ann § 15-3-530, you must file a personal injury lawsuit within three years from the date you were injured.
We Make Legal Representation Affordable to All
Our attorneys work to recover damages from truck accidents on a contingency basis. This practice means that our fees are contingent upon getting you money for your medical bills and other expenses. No recovery, no fee – it is as simple as that. We believe everyone deserves the best legal advocacy possible without hefty upfront fees or retainers.
What Damages Are Typically Recovered in a Truck Accident Case
There are generally two types of damages recovered from a truck accident: special and general. They are also known as economic and non-economic damages. In rare instances, there are also punitive damages that the court can assess.
These are specific, tangible costs associated with your accident, including:
- Medical care and treatment
- Lost pay
- Diminished earning ability
- Car repairs
- Rental car
- Prescription medicine
- Follow-up care, rehabilitation, and treatment
These are physical and emotional losses associated with your accident, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium or companionship
If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, please accept our condolences. We know this is a time of hardship and grief, and our lawyers will do all we can to recover compensation and justice from your loved one’s wrongful death.
Causes of Injury and Fatal Truck Accidents
Rock Hill sees more than its share of truck collisions, regularly putting residents at risk of serious harm. Some of York County’s most dangerous roads run through this city, including Highway 5. Locals have even dubbed this road “Bloody Five,” because of the many fatal accidents that occur there. The section of Interstate 77 that runs through this area is another spot that the state has targeted for improvements due to the frequency of accidents.
While part of the dangers on these roads may be due to maintenance needs, driver errors are often cited as the main reasons truck accidents occur on highways and other roads. For example, some causes of these collisions include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Driver fatigue
We explore one of the most common of these below.
Tired Truckers Constitute a Significant Cause of Truck Accidents
Drowsy truck drivers are a danger to themselves and others. A truck driver does not have to fall asleep at the wheel to cause an accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sleepy drivers lack the necessary reflexes and abilities as well-rested drivers. When you are exhausted and drive, you have reduced ability to:
- Stay alert and attentive
- React quickly
- Make safe decisions
Unfortunately, these drivers often push themselves or receive instruction from their employers to exceed the legal guidelines for time spent behind the wheel. These hours of service are in place for a reason, and even recently underwent updates to further ensure that drivers do not perform long shifts behind the wheel without enough rest.
When you hire us, our team will get to the bottom of why your or your loved one’s truck collision happened. Whether it involved intoxication, hours of service violations, or another cause, we will identify who to hold responsible and help you seek damages from them.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle in Rock Hill
For more than 20 years, Hammack Law Firm has accepted many types of truck accident cases. This list includes but is not limited to:
- 18-wheeler (tractor-trailer) trucks
- Large trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Delivery vans
- Utility trucks
- Dump trucks
- Tow trucks
Whether you are injured as a motorist, pedestrian, cyclist, or truck driver, our lawyers are here to help you seek and receive compensation for your injuries.
Call Us for a Free Consultation
When you are in need of compassionate legal support after a truck accident, call Hammack Law Firm for a free consultation. Our team strives to humanize the experience of seeking damages, as our clients’ safety and financial recovery are our biggest concerns. Our lawyer serving Rock Hill can hold the liable parties accountable and fight for compensation and justice on your behalf.
To learn more about the types of compensation you could receive for your truck accident, get in touch with our team now. We take calls from prospective clients 24/7 at (864) 326-3333.