Truck drivers must meet higher standards than other drivers because of their job and the dangers of carelessness behind the wheel of a big rig. However, this does not always mean they refrain from negligent and dangerous behavior. If an intoxicated trucker caused your crash in Rock Hill, we will help you pursue compensation.
If you are seeking a Rock Hill truck accident lawyer who fights for drunk driving victims and surviving family members, consider Hammack Law Firm. Our team will review your case for free today. We provide these complementary assessments so that you can better understand your rights and legal options for financial recovery.
What Damages are Available to Victims of a York County Truck Collision?
As a part of investigating your collision case and proving what happened, our team will gather evidence to show the expenses you incurred because of the crash. This evidence differs from case to case and plays a major role in the value of your financial recovery.
Once we have the necessary documentation, we can value your case and seek a fair and just settlement from all liable parties. We demand more from the insurance companies because we believe that is what our clients deserve.
Some commonly recoverable damages in a truck accident case include:
- Medical care and related costs
- Future treatment and support for your accident injuries
- Lost wages, income, and benefits
- Reduced ability to work and earn
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Other documented expenses
- Pain and suffering
South Carolina Wrongful Death Damages
South Carolina Code § 15-51-10 allows a truck accident victim’s personal representative to submit an insurance claim on behalf of surviving family members. Through this type of claim, we seek to prove the truck driver is responsible for the accident and death and seek compensation for the family that includes:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost income and benefits
- Loss of services
- Many types of intangible losses experienced by survivors
For a free legal consultation with a truck drunk driving victim accidents lawyer serving Rock Hill, call 864-326-3333
Working with Our Truck Accident Lawyers
At Hammack Law Firm, we prepare every case like it is going to trial. Most settle without going to court, but we are not afraid to do so when it’s best for a client’s case. We are willing to put in the work to get you the money damages you deserve.
We also take a stance against the careless attitude regarding safety, sobriety, and rest that some truck drivers and their employers seem to take. We fight for additional safety measures to prevent tragedies from occurring, including drunk driving truck accidents.
Our success in and out of the courtroom is evident when you review the settlements and awards we secured recently in truck accident cases. These results include a $1,600,000 settlement for a couple who both suffered serious, debilitating injuries in a head-on collision caused by a negligent trucker.
Steps Our Team Takes in Drunk Driving Truck Accident Cases
When our Rock Hill truck accident attorney represents a client hit by a drunk truck driver, we will:
- Review their case for free and answer their questions
- Protect their right to compensation from the first day
- Keep them up to date about what is happening
- Investigate the accident and gather evidence
- Identify the liable parties
- Manage all case communications
- Prepare and file the insurance claim
- Negotiate with the insurance company
One recent client review underlined our dedication to treating every family like close friends and providing compassionate, prompt, and empathetic service:
“There are not enough words to describe the great experience that I have had dealing with all of the kind people at Hammack Law. Whenever I called or texted, you would think I was their only client. They immediately answered and were always so professional, but yet made me feel like family.” – Jean Smith.
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How Intoxicated Truck Driver Cases Work
Drunk driving accidents caused by truck drivers proceed in much the same way as other types of commercial vehicle collisions. However, the required post-crash alcohol and drug test results and other evidence can help strengthen our claim.
Fortunately, drunk driving collisions caused by truck drivers are not as common as distracted or drowsy driving crashes. They still occur, however. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only 3 percent of truck drivers who died in collisions had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or above in 2019. This statistic contrasts with the 28 percent of drivers fatally injured in passenger vehicle crashes.
However, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) reported more than 5,000 truck collisions in 2019. This statistic means some professional drivers still violate the law and continue to drive while intoxicated.
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident Involving Drunk Driving?
Justice in your case will include ensuring the truck driver is held accountable for their negligent behavior, including driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.04 percent or above – the legal limit for commercial vehicle operators.
In addition, we will likely include their employer as a defendant in your claim. This is possible because employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees under the doctrine of respondeat superior. South Carolina confirmed this as case law in Adams v. S.C. Power Co. (1942) and several other decisions.
As long as the driver was acting within the scope of their employment – driving their big rig – when the crash occurred, the trucking company is legally responsible.
These cases generally settle, but we will file a lawsuit when necessary. If we need to sue on your behalf, we typically have up to three years from the collision date to do so under S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530.
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You Can Count on Hammack Law Firm After Your Rock Hill Injury Accident
The truck accident attorneys from Hammack Law Firm will review your case for free and offer our opinions about your best options and what to do next. We will help you build a case against the intoxicated truck driver, their employer, and any other potentially liable parties.
Call (864) 326-3333 now for help with your Rock Hill drunk driving truck accident case.