If you were the victim of a truck accident caused by driver error, the driver’s negligence could entitle you to compensation. With guidance from our lawyers serving clients in South Carolina, you can prove the legal requirements of negligence – duty, breach, cause, and monetary damages.
Our team at Hammack Law Firm is ready to help you recover awards in your case. We will not back down, even if it means going to court because an insurer isn’t willing to settle. We will help you prove the cause of the accident, its related costs, and its effects on your health and lifestyle. We will assign liability and work on securing your financial settlement. Our team can review your legal options during a free initial case review today.
Driver Errors Are Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck drivers are human beings, just like the rest of us. However, because the vehicles they drive are anywhere from 20 to 30 times heavier than the passenger cars and other smaller vehicles they share the road with, their mistakes often result in severe injuries and even deaths.
Per the data presented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 4,500 fatal crashes involved a large truck or bus on U.S. roadways in 2018. It is safe to assume that some of those accidents involved common driver errors such as:
- Driver fatigue: Truckers who have been behind the wheel for more than 11 hours are in violation of federal hours-of-service laws. These laws are in place to keep truck drivers and other motorists safe. When someone is tired, they can make poor judgments while driving, fall asleep at the wheel, react slowly, or lose control of the truck, which all can result in an accident.
- Blind spots: Drivers of large commercial trucks can easily lose sight of other motorists and vehicles when they enter “no zones,” which are large blind spots estimated to be at least 10 car lengths. Accidents happen when trucker drivers can’t see others on the road.
- Equipment issues: Failed brakes, tire blowouts, burned-out lights, defective steering, and other problems with parts that keep the truck running can cause accidents. Not maintaining a truck is a common error, which may not only fall on the person who drives the vehicle. Other parties can be held liable for this error if it caused an accident, such as the company responsible for the truck’s repairs or maintenance.
Speeding, driving while distracted, and turning too fast or overestimating a turn are all truck driver errors that can have costly results. We will get to the bottom of what caused your accident in South Carolina, whether it is one of these reasons listed above or something else.
Recoverable Damages in Your Accident Lawsuit
In South Carolina, you are legally entitled to compensation for injuries caused by negligence. Our team helps you prove the negligence that led to the collision; then, we help you demonstrate the value of your resulting damages. According to S.C. Ann § 15-32-210, the damages you are entitled to recover can include:
- Medical bills
- Income loss
- Property damage
- Physical disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Home-based medical support
Hammack Law Firm will carefully review and assess the costs of your injuries after your South Carolina accident. Our lawyers will work hard to ensure no valid expense is omitted from the valuation of your lawsuit regarding a truck driver’s error and ensure your case is not undervalued or underpaid.
How Recoverable Damages Are Assessed
Our team starts building your case by listening to your retelling of the accident. We use your memories and the evidence we gather to establish the cause, cost, and effect of the accident and to prove the value of your recoverable damages. The evidence we gather on your behalf includes:
- Personal financial documents
- Medical records and bills
- Vehicle repair estimates
- Vehicle replacement value, if applicable
While we focus on building your case, you can focus on restoring your health. If a family member was fatally injured in the accident, you can focus on restoring your emotional health while our team takes care of everything else.
The Benefits of Hiring Our Law Firm to Work on Your Case
When you trust your case to our personal injury law firm, we handle all case-related communications for you. We obtain, complete, and submit:
- Evidence that proves the cause of the collision
- Receipts and records that prove your case’s value
- Insurance claim forms and requests for information
Every member of our personal injury team is friendly, responsive, and supportive. Our goal is to build an effective lawsuit that leads to the compensation you are entitled to due to the truck driver’s negligence. When you are ready to seek compensation, we are ready to fight by your side. We fully support every client we represent. If you do not win your case, we will not charge you any fees.
Your medical records and crash report tell important parts of the story of how your truck accident occurred. The crash report filed after your truck accident can provide our team with a wealth of valuable information. For example, it can tell us:
- If the truck driver received any tickets or citations
- Road, weather, and lighting conditions
- The date, time, and location of the collision
It can also demonstrate the points of impact and seating positions and provide us with police-generated notes, diagrams, and photos. It’s important to comply with our request for a copy of your crash report right away or authorize our team members to obtain a copy on your behalf.
We Focus on Our Clients’ Well-Being
Our firm is focused on making South Carolina safe for all its residents, holding negligent parties responsible for their actions, and helping injured clients feel supported throughout the compensation process. Our team:
- Treats you like a friend or family member
- Humanizes the compensation process
- Gives each case significant time and attention
You are never alone when you fight for compensation after an accident, and we make sure you know that. Whether we help you file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, we build a case file of supporting evidence and use it to negotiate a favorable financial settlement.
We Make Sure Your Lawsuit Is Filed on Time
Every civil lawsuit must be filed within a specified time. If the filing deadline is not met, your right to seek compensation could be in jeopardy. The statute of limitations is generally three years, according to S.C. Ann § 15-3-530, which determines the filing deadline for:
- Personal injury lawsuits
- Wrongful death lawsuits
Filing your lawsuit on time is as important as every other aspect of your case. That is why our team ensures compliance with the statute of limitations – with enough notice from you – and makes sure time stays on your side.
Praise from Previous Clients
The clients our team has served in the past can tell you everything you need to know about our client-focused approach. We love hearing from happy clients. Recently, clients we fought for said:
- “Mr. Hammack and his staff go the extra mile to take care of their clients!” – Yvonne Elmore
- “Hammack Law Firm is great choice. Paul Hammack will get the job done!” – Tre Milford
- “Def! 5 stars recommended to friends and family. They have bilingual staff and 100% dedicated to your case!!!” – Brenda Monroy
- “Paul is a fantastic attorney. He is very easy to talk to and provides excellent legal service. Highly recommended.” – Dan Crotchett
You can read even more customer testimonials in our Google reviews and on our website. We look forward to adding you to the list of injured clients for whom we obtained a favorable financial settlement. Our team wants to help you start putting your life back together.
Contact One of Our Team Members Today for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident in South Carolina that was caused by a truck driver’s error, we can help. Contact one of our Hammack Law Firm team members today by calling (864) 326-3333 for your free consultation. Our lawyers will help your fight for financial compensation in your truck accident case.