Did You Suffer an Injury in a South Carolina Truck Accident?
We Represent the Injured in Gaffney, Spartanburg, Union and Beyond
Commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on South Carolina roads. These trucks easily weigh 80,000-pounds when fully loaded. In comparison, the average passenger car weighs just 3,000-pounds. When these two vehicles crash, the occupants in the passenger car suffer the majority of the injuries. Unfortunately, after a serious trucking accident, the injured do not always get the help they need. As medical bills pile up, insurance adjusters often begin circling. These adjusters are hoping to get victims to sign a quick lowball settlement. Never sign anything without first speaking to an experienced South Carolina truck accident attorney from Winter & Rhoden LLC.
At Winter & Rhoden LLC, our Gaffney truck accident lawyers are here to help the injured. If you’ve been hit by a truck, we can help you get money to pay for medical expenses, lost wages and damages. Our experience representing individuals injured in a trucking collision gives us a significant advantage. We use this advantage to help our clients when dealing with the trucking company’s insurer. We know the tricks and tactics insurance companies use to reduce their own liabilities. That is why we fight hard every step of the way for our injured clients. We work tirelessly to help them get maximum compensation for their injuries and for the pain and suffering they have endured.
Who Is to Blame After a Truck Crash?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, large trucks caused 13 percent of the fatal crashes in the United States in 2017. They were also responsible for 8 percent of all nonfatal accidents that resulted in injury. Unfortunately, South Carolina drivers are at an increased risk of getting into a serious trucking accident. That is because South Carolina highways are often clogged with commercial trucks. These trucks are responsible for carrying goods up and down the east coast.
In 2017, there were 59 fatal trucking accidents in South Carolina. In addition, there were an additional 1,125 serious injury trucking accidents. These accidents caused 1,637 injuries to South Carolina drivers and passengers.
When a truck crash occurs, those involved are often uncertain about who is to blame. At first glance, it may seem like the truck driver is to blame. Yet, that is not always the case. In many situations, multiple parties share in the blame and liability. Some of the liable parties can include:
Truck drivers are responsible for a large number of trucking accidents. Some of the causes of truck driver negligence include:
- Failure to obey posted speed limits
- Driving fatigued
- Distracted driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Drugged driving
- Aggressive driving
Trucking companies have a responsibility to maintain the safety of their vehicles. This includes regular maintenance. Unfortunately, trucking companies can neglect their trucks and skip out on vital maintenance to save money. They may even encourage driving on worn tires or brakes to reduce costs. Trucking companies can also try and cut corners by failing to fully train their truckers. They may rush to put new truckers in the driver’s seat in order to get their cargo delivered on-time. Inadequately trained drivers are dangerous on the road because they make costly mistakes.
The shipping company is sometimes responsible for the collision. Their job is to properly load and secure the cargo inside of the commercial truck. If they fail to load the cargo properly, it can shift on the road. This can cause the truck driver to lose control of their vehicle and jackknife on the freeway. These types of accidents are often deadly.
In some situations, the truck manufacturer is liable. Sometimes a defective part or truck malfunction caused the crash. Proving truck defects is difficult, but not impossible. It does take a law firm with extensive product liability knowledge and experience. If you believe that a truck defect or malfunction led to your accident, it is critical to speak to an experienced South Carolina truck accident attorney.
A South Carolina Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
After an accident, trucking accident victims often face an uphill battle collecting the money they need. Trucking companies have large insurance companies on their side. Their insurance companies work hard to reduce their liabilities. That is why you need an experienced South Carolina truck accident attorney on your side after a serious accident.
At Winter & Rhoden LLC, our lawyers fight hard for our injured clients. We are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with large insurance companies and trucking companies. We believe that everyone who was injured in a truck crash deserves justice. That is why we work tirelessly to help them obtain the compensation they need to put their lives back together again.
If you suffered an injury during a truck collision in Gaffney, Spartanburg, Union or anywhere in South Carolina, we can help. Call us today at (864) 489-8128 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information. We offer free initial consultations so you can begin seeking justice.