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If you or a loved one was injured in a no-zone accident in South Carolina, you can hire a lawyer from Hammack Law Firm to protect your rights and represent your interests. We will explain your rights as a truck accident victim in a free consultation, then help you calculate how much compensation you may be eligible to pursue from the liable party in your case.

Why pursue compensation after a truck accident? The money you receive could help you support your family until you get back on your feet. Meanwhile, the lawsuit you file can hold the liable party responsible for their carelessness and make South Carolina a safer place for everyone.

What are “No-Zone” Areas?

Trucks have larger blind spots than standard passenger vehicles. Commonly referred to as “no zones,” these blind spots exist on all sides of a truck, including the front and back, which leaves occupants of smaller vehicles vulnerable to injury and death if they drive in these areas.

No-zone accidents might occur if:

  • The truck driver does not check for traffic while merging or turning into another lane.
  • The truck driver does not check for other vehicles when backing up.
  • The truck driver does not give enough space between the truck and the vehicle in front to safely come to a stop.
  • A passenger vehicle driver rides in the truck driver’s blind spots and does not make their presence known.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) makes it a part of its mission to educate drivers about no-zone areas in trucks, especially since most people who get injured or killed in no-zone accidents are occupants of other vehicles

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver who did not check their no-zone areas, our team will collect evidence and build your case argument to hold them accountable.

Truck Accidents Are More Fatal to Passenger Vehicle Occupants Than Truck Drivers

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), 118,000 trucks were involved in accidents that led to injuries in 2019 while 5,005 trucks were involved in fatal accidents. Of the fatal accidents recorded, 71 percent of fatalities were occupants of other vehicles and 11 percent of fatalities were pedestrians and bicyclists.

Our team understands the dangers trucks and other large vehicles bring to our roadways. Our mission is to seek justice for accident victims in South Carolina because we want to hold trucking companies liable for their drivers’ conduct and ensure better truck safety exists on the road.

What do Our Truck Accident Lawyers Do?

At Hammack Law Firm, we will assign a lawyer to take complete responsibility for your no-zone accident case. We would be happy to explain how the law works in South Carolina and help you fight for fair compensation by:

  • Reviewing your case: A member of our team will assess your case at no charge. Then, a lawyer from our firm will help you figure out the best possible way to pursue damages.
  • Collecting evidence: Available evidence will depend on the circumstances of the accident and how long you waited to begin the We will gather all available evidence to build the strongest possible claim or lawsuit.
  • Communicating with the liable party: We will send out the initial notification, telling them that you are suing. We will also serve as a middleman throughout the proceedings so that you never have direct contact with the party who caused your accident.
  • Seeking compensation: This could mean negotiating with the liable party’s insurance company and/or taking the liable party to court. Either way, we do our utmost to win compensation for every single client.
  • Keeping you updated: Feel free to call if you want to know the latest about your case. We will also proactively contact you whenever there is a major
  • Advising you: We are always available to help clients understand their legal options and make the right choices for themselves and their families.

It is also important to note that we never charge our clients attorney’s fees up front. Instead, we take our fee out of whatever compensation you win. If you do not get anything, then we do not charge attorney’s fees.

What Types of Compensation Are Available?

Truck accident victims may ask for compensation for their financial, physical, and psychological injuries. Examples of financial injuries – called economic damages – may include the following:

  • Loss of income: The money you typically earn at work but had to forgo until your injuries healed
  • Loss of employment: The fact that the accident cost you your job or your ability to work at all
  • Medical expenses: The money you spent to treat your physical or psychological injuries
  • Repair expenses: The money you spent to fix or replace your car or to use alternate modes of transportation due to your damaged car

Physical and psychological injuries are called non-economic damages. They may include:

  • Pain and suffering: The physical or psychological harm you have endured since the accident
  • Disability: The physical or intellectual capabilities you have lost due to the accident
  • Reduced quality of life: Your inability to perform necessary or enjoyable activities without assistance
  • Disfigurement or scarring: The marks left behind after your injuries have healed as much as possible
  • Loss of consortium: The negative impact the accident and accident injuries have had on your marriage

Wrongful Death Cases Warrant Other Damages

If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one, you may also qualify for the following damages:

  • Loss of companionship: The affection, support, and other benefits your loved one brought to your relationship
  • Loss of financial support: Your loved one’s income, without which it is much more difficult for you to make ends meet
  • End-of-life expenses: The costs associated with settling your loved one’s estate, laying them to rest, and so on

The victim’s spouse and children have the right to file a wrongful death suit. However, as stated at S.C. Ann § 15-51-20, other parties may file such a suit if the victim has no surviving spouse or children.

Hammack Law Firm represents both personal injury and wrongful death clients. We know how difficult it is to recover from a truck accident, let alone try to handle a legal case on top of it. Our team wants to do everything we can to ease your legal burden and get you the compensation you seek.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a No-Zone Accident?

If the truck driver – or those around the truck driver – are not careful when navigating no-zones, they can be held liable for accidents they cause. We aim to help you hold them accountable if a negligent truck driver caused you harm.

Still, while the truck driver may be the at-fault party in the accident, they are not necessarily the only liable party in your case. Depending on what factors led to the accident, you may be able to seek compensation from:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The driver of another vehicle involved in the accident
  • The maintenance team responsible for keeping the truck in working order
  • A broker, shipper or freight forwarder who hired an unsafe trucking company or driver
  • A combination of the above parties

Our team will investigate your truck accident to identify who may be held liable for your injuries and damages. We do not cut corners when it comes to preparing our clients’ cases, as we want to help our clients hold the appropriate parties accountable for their negligence and be fairly compensated.

We will listen to your telling of the events with a compassionate ear, then consult other parties to continue putting your case together. Once we determine who to take civil action against, we will then guide you on how to file a claim or a personal injury lawsuit.

Time Limits for No-Zone Accident Cases

S.C. Ann § 15-3-530 gives you just three years from the date of your injuries to file a lawsuit against the liable party, or two years if it is a government entity. For this reason, it is a good idea to get legal advice as soon as possible after an accident.

Our team at Hammack Law Firm is ready and waiting to take your call and, if your case is viable, to fight hard for your rights. One client praised our “top-notch legal services” and expressed appreciation for the fact that we “truly care about” our clients.

Get a Free Consultation Today

For supportive, friendly service, call Hammack Law Firm at (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 . We can evaluate your no-zone accident for free and explain how a lawyer from our office can help protect your rights. Together, we will fight for the compensation you need and the justice you – and all South Carolina drivers – deserve. We charge no attorney’s fees up front.

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