Hammack Law Firm and our team of Rock Hill commercial truck accident lawyers represents victims of negligent truckers in York County and across South Carolina. If you were injured in a crash caused by a commercial truck driver, we will review your case to determine your best options for holding the liable parties accountable.
We often file insurance claims or civil lawsuits to recover the damages our clients have suffered, including physical, financial, and emotional losses. We know how to navigate the claims process in a commercial truck accident case and can get to work for you right away.
How Much Money Is Available for My Truck Accident Case?
There is no way to know how much a commercial truck accident case will be worth until we investigate and prove what happened, then document our client’s damages and value them. Our team works closely with clients to identify the various losses they experienced and pursue fair compensation to help cover them.
These losses could include:
- Medical bills
- Other injury-related costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Rental car costs
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible damages
We also handle wrongful death cases for clients as allowed under S.C. Ann. § 15-51-10. Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. We will talk you through and manage this legal process for you, which includes pursuing damages such as:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of income
- Cost of services previously handled by the decedent
- Intangible losses, such as loss of companionship
For a free legal consultation with a commercial truck accidents lawyer serving Rock Hill, call 864-740-8653
Hammack Law Firm Represents Truck Accident Victims in York County, SC
At Hammack Law Firm, our lawyers have great Google reviews, and our results show that we know how to secure appropriate compensation for our clients. We treat every client like a friend or family member, providing compassionate support and representing them as we negotiate with liable parties, insurance companies, and at trial if necessary.
We give a lot of time and one-on-one attention to each client, providing a small firm feel backed by our team’s big firm experience. We make it our mission to not only build personal relationships with each client, but to make South Carolina a safer place for everyone. To do this:
We Build Strong Cases
Our lawyers gather evidence and develop an argument to hold the negligent parties accountable for their carelessness. We pursue financial compensation for every client and do what it takes to seek justice for truck accident victims, including suing to force more from the insurance company if necessary. Most cases settle out of court, but we are ready to take any case to trial if necessary.
We Fight for Safety Measures
Our attorneys also take a strong stance for trucking industry safety measures. We are ardent proponents of changing safety policies and insurance industry standards to prevent future crashes and recover more for our clients when they do happen. We believe that commercial truck drivers should be held to strict standards, and there should be harsh penalties for trucking companies who ignore the rules.
We Work Based on Contingency Fees
Our firm works on a contingency basis in all truck collision cases. In other words, we do not charge any upfront fees for handling these cases. We collect our attorney’s fees as a portion of the compensation we recover for our clients. If we do not secure a payout for you, we do not get paid.
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Commercial Truck Crashes Often Leave Victims with Life-Altering Injuries
When a commercial truck hits a passenger car, the impact often causes significant property damage and injuries to the car’s occupants. These trucks are usually much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles.
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, there were 3,929 truck collisions in 2019 alone, which left 116 people dead and 209 seriously injured. Some common causes of commercial vehicle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Impaired driving
- Lack of experience
- Blindspot accidents
- Driver error
- Violation of traffic laws, such as running a red light
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has strict hours of service regulations in place (for example, an 11-hour driving limit), many truckers and their employers regularly violate these rules. These violations keep fatigued drivers on the road, likely contributing to more crashes.
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Recovering Compensation After a South Carolina Commercial Truck Accident
Our team takes the necessary steps to recover the compensation our injured clients deserve, including:
- Investigating what happened and proving negligence
- Identifying the liable parties
- Valuing the claim
- Negotiating a fair payout from insurers
- Suing if a settlement cannot be reached
When it comes to liability, we generally file a case against both the truck driver and their employer. We are able to do this because of Sams v. Arthur (1926) and other South Carolina Supreme Court decisions that affirm respondeat superior as case law in the state. This law states that trucking companies are vicariously liable for their driver’s negligence under most circumstances, as long as the driver was working at the time.
At Hammack Law Firm, our attorneys will develop a case against the company that employs the careless driver. Trucking companies usually have larger corporate liability policies that allow us to hold them responsible and recover damages for our clients based on their insurance.
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Suing the Liable Parties Based on Your Rock Hill Crash
Occasionally, we need to sue to recover fair compensation for our client. This may occur when we need to force the insurer to offer a better settlement, there are questions about the facts of the case, or we are running out of time.
We generally have up to three years to sue in a commercial vehicle accident case, per S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530. However, exceptions do exist, and we could have more or less time in your case.
Speak with a Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer From Our Team Today
The truck accident team at Hammack Law Firm provides free case assessments for victims of these crashes in Rock Hill and other nearby areas. We want to ensure that you know your legal options and protect your rights. Call us today at (864) 326-3333 today to learn how we can help with your case.