If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a wide turning truck, you are not alone. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data, there were 112,000 truck accidents that led to serious injuries and 4,862 that led to fatalities in 2018. Accidents like these can cause significant expenses and losses. Our team will take on the insurance company and help you recover from the financial aftermath of the collision.
Hammack Law Firm’s wide turn truck accident lawyers in South Carolina will prove how a truck driver caused your collision and why you are entitled to compensation. We will also help you identify other potentially liable parties, assign a value to your damages, and negotiate a favorable settlement. If your case cannot be resolved with a settlement, we will fight for your compensation in court.
You Have a Right to Seek Awards for Your South Carolina Truck Accident
S.C. Ann § 15-32-210 describes the types of economic and non-economic damages you can recover due to negligence. The liable party could be responsible for your medical, physical, and emotional rehabilitation bills in addition to:
- Hospital admission
- Property damage or total loss
- Past and future loss of income
While you focus on your physical recovery, our team focuses on compiling and organizing the documents and forms to prove the extent of your injuries, recovery time, and economic damages.
Your Truck Accident Injuries Have Related Expenses
Along with short- and long-term medical care, rehabilitation, and physical therapy, you may want to seek treatment for mental and emotional trauma from your injuries. You can recover these damages, including:
- Lasting physical impairment
- Permanent physical scarring
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional angst
Non-economic damages can also include loss of consortium, companionship, and enjoyment of life. Our team can help you calculate these damages based on the degree of your injuries and the extent of the physical and emotional recovery process.
Recent Financial Settlements for South Carolina Truck Accidents
The clients we serve appreciate our responsive legal service and supportive atmosphere. One client says, “Excellent legal service. Got me a very fair settlement from a vehicle accident, kept me fully informed during the process. Well Done!” – John Davis
Our clients leave testimonials like these because we fight hard to make sure they get a fair and favorable settlement. Our history of personal injury settlements include:
- $135,000 settlement for neck, shoulder, and arm injuries following a rear-end collision
- $400,000 settlement for ankle and foot injuries following a tractor-trailer accident
- $525,000 settlement for wrongful death following a pickup truck accident in a restaurant parking lot
- $1.6 million settlement for a head-on collision involving a tractor-trailer
Our lawyers carefully assess the value of your injuries caused by the wide turn made in the truck accident. Then, we head into settlement talks with the insurers of liable parties in your case. We take this approach to ensure we know how much to fight for in order to secure an appropriate financial recovery.
Our Firm Will Identify Liable Parties and Investigate Your Accident
When we investigate the cause of the accident, we look for all available factors related to potential truck driver error. Our team collects all relevant data to prove the at-fault driver’s duty, breach, and cause. We also work hard to prove the trucker’s error led to your financial damages. We will:
- Read and review accident reports
- Canvass the scene for surveillance video
- Locate and interview witnesses and bystanders
We can review a truck driver’s logbook, their driving record, their company’s employee training records, and any results from alcohol or drug tests that were administered, if applicable. Our team will also identify any other parties responsible for your accident. The driver who hit you may not be the only liable party. Other parties that could be liable are:
- The driver’s employer
- The truck’s manufacturer
- Manufacturer(s) of the truck’s parts
Causes of Wide Turn Truck Accidents in South Carolina
According to South Carolina commercial driver license manual guidelines, drivers are cautioned about making wide turns. According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data, truck accidents can occur due to driver fatigue when drivers work longer than the allowable time.
Accidents involving wide turns can also happen due to:
- A failure to signal a turn
- Distracted driving (e.g., cellphone use while driving)
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Driver inexperience
If one of these factors contributed to your accident, our team’s investigation will prove it to the at-fault driver or the trucking company that employs them, along with their legal and insurance representatives.
Our Legal Team Focuses on You
Our team treats each injured client we serve with kindness and respect, the same way we treat our friends and family. Our small law firm feel combined with big law firm experience means your case gets the personalized attention it deserves. We review every detail and aspect of the accident, and we put in the work to build a strong evidence file on your behalf. Our team members also:
- Handle all communications with the at-fault party and their insurer so you can focus on healing from your accident
- Fight for the compensation you are entitled to due to negligence
- Build a personal relationship with you and your family, answering your questions, addressing your concerns, and explaining how state and federal laws affect your case
Our mission is to help you build an effective case for your financial recovery while making South Carolina a safer place for everyone. Our goal is to ensure you get the support and encouragement you need right from the start of your legal journey.
Your Right to Compensation Has a Time Limit
While you focus on getting better, our client support team focuses on your claim or lawsuit because we understand how critical time is. We do this:
- To ensure you experience optimal physical and emotional recovery
- To safeguard your right to legally pursue the at-fault party
The personal injury statute of limitations in South Carolina is generally three years, per S.C. Ann § 15-3-530. The same statute and timeline govern wrongful death lawsuits. Do not let time run out on your ability to seek compensation. We can help you with either action.
We Need Time to Secure Evidence in Your Accident Case
By getting our team involved early, we have time to investigate the accident, including the accident scene. Trucking companies often have critical evidence in their possession that we need to review to establish liability. We will file a spoliation letter to ensure this evidence is preserved so we will have time to review it. Examples of such evidence are:
- Truck maintenance records
- Onboard computer data from the truck
- Dashcam video taken of the crash
- The driver’s employment record
We also have time to interview witnesses and accurately assess the value of the case.
We Work with Personal Injury Clients on Contingency
We can get started on your case today with no upfront cost to you. Our team will represent you on a contingency-fee basis, and if you do not win the case, we will not charge you any fees. That means you do not have to add to an already stressful situation by representing yourself. We can help you start building an injury case with no out-of-pocket or upfront expenses.
Our Law Firm is Ready to Fight for Your Recovery
If you are ready to learn more about how our lawyer can work to resolve your claim or lawsuit after a wide turn truck accident in South Carolina, call one of our team members. We will evaluate your case during a free consultation and could start building your case today: (864) 326-3333.