Columbia Truck Accident Attorneys
Truck Accident Claims in South Carolina
As commonplace as driving is, it is a dangerous activity. One of the most significant risks to drivers is the risk of truck accidents. Trucks are much larger than other vehicles on the road and can cause substantial damage if they are involved in a collision.
At Woron and Dhillon, LLC, our truck accident lawyers in Columbia can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. We offer free consultations, during which you can discuss the details of your case and learn more about our services.
What To Do if You Are Hit by an 18-Wheeler
If you are in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, your first priority should be your safety. You should immediately call 911. When you are able, get the driver and their employer's contact information including their drivers license, registration, and insurance. Be sure to give a statement to the police and try to collect witness statements from anyone who saw the accident happen as well as their contact information. It's recommended that you don't talk about the accident with the truck driver and avoid discussing the accident with the insurance company. At Woron and Dhillon, LLC we offer free consultations and can discuss the potential of your case with you at no cost.
Truck Accidents Statistics
Thousands of people are injured in truck accidents in the United States every year. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), 4,136 people were killed in truck accidents in 2018. The majority of the people who were killed in those collisions were people other than the truck driver, including people in other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Types of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can occur in ways that are similar to car accidents, but these vehicles also present their own unique dangers to other drivers. A truck accident may involve common vehicle collision issues, such as side-swipe collisions, but may also involve issues that are truck-specific, such as cargo-related issues.
Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:
- Side-swipe collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Override/underride accidents
- Cargo accidents
- Maintenance-related accidents
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can result from many different factors. A truck accident may be caused by the truck driver’s behavior, or by factors that could be out of the driver’s control and are caused by a third party’s negligence, such as maintenance issues. Of course, some of these factors can be the result of the driver’s negligence as well.
A truck accident may be caused by:
- Heavy or dangerous cargo
- Maintenance and repair issues
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Hours of service violations/fatigued driving
- Inclement weather
Determining Liability for a Truck Accident
In many truck accident cases, the truck driver is liable for the damages. Truckers are responsible for operating their vehicle safely, ensuring they are awake and focused when driving, keeping their truck maintained, and adhering to safety regulations. Third parties who may be liable for a truck accident include mechanics, vehicle manufacturers, road designers and construction companies, and other parties. To determine who is liable, helpful evidence may include maintenance records, trip logs, traffic tickets, surveillance or dash cam footage, and data from the vehicle’s black box.
Driver Liability vs. Trucking Company Liability
It is common for truck drivers and the trucking companies that they drive for to share liability for collisions. Trucking companies must regularly maintain the vehicles in their fleet, hire competent drivers, and ensure compliance with safety regulations. A driver’s negligence is often the result of a lack of oversight from the trucking company and the business’s failure to meet their responsibilities.
We Are Available for Free Consultations
The Woron and Dhillon, LLC legal team can take on powerful trucking companies and negligent drivers for you in the aftermath of a truck accident. We will help you understand the complexities of your case and will help you navigate your legal responsibilities when filing a claim. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.
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